This Filmmaker Saved Anne Hathaway's Career amid Post-Oscars 'Toxicity'

This Filmmaker Saved Anne Hathaway's Career amid Post-Oscars 'Toxicity'
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The director didn't pay attention to the online nonsense surrounding the actress.


  • In the early 2010s, Anne Hathaway faced a lot of hate online.
  • Many filmmakers considered her too toxic to cast in their movies, but one famous director did.
  • After this role, the actress has starred in many prominent films.

Even before cancel culture peaked, social media had an immense impact on people's lives – especially public figures like actors, musicians, and other celebrities. While we're all entitled to our own opinions, that doesn't necessarily mean we have to share them with everyone. Unfortunately, that is exactly what social media allow you to do with little regard for other people's lives.

In the early 2010s, Anne Hathaway experienced the detrimental effects of social media firsthand after winning the 2013 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her remarkable performance in Les Misérables. Even before her Oscar win, the actress had already received a lot of criticism for being 'fake' and 'insincere,' but it reignited the conversation. As a result, Hathaway's reputation was effectively ruined, and almost no one wanted to work with her until this celebrated director cast her in one of his masterpieces.

The Interstellar Lead

'A lot of people wouldn't give me roles because they were so concerned about how toxic my identity had become online. I had an angel in Christopher Nolan, who did not care about that and gave me one of the most beautiful roles I've had in one of the best films that I've been a part of,' Anne Hathaway said in a recent interview about her work on Interstellar.

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Indeed, the actress didn't have many interesting roles between Les Misérables and Interstellar. Aside from a few cameos and a documentary narration, Anne Hathaway starred in Song One, which she co-produced with her husband Adam Shulman, and reprised her voice role of Jewel in Rio 2. Fortunately, Christopher Nolan, perhaps unbeknownst to himself, saved her career from fading.

'I don't know if he knew that he was backing me at the time, but it had that effect. And my career did not lose momentum the way it could have if he hadn't backed me,' Anne Hathaway commented on Nolan casting her in Interstellar.

Anne Hathaway's Career After Interstellar

Interestingly, the $731 million 2014 film wasn't the first Christopher Nolan production Anne Hathaway had done. In 2012, the actress starred as Catwoman in the third installment of the director's Dark Knight trilogy. But Interstellar definitely helped her career.

Since the sci-fi film, Hathaway has starred in a number of memorable projects such as The Intern, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Ocean's 8, The Hustle, and The Witches. This year, Hathaway stars in the psychological thriller Mother's Instinct and Amazon Prime Video's romantic comedy The Idea of You, opposite Red, White & Royal Blue's Nicholas Galitzine.

The Idea of You will be released on APV on May 2.

Source: Vanity Fair.