Hathaway’s parents did not approve of her acting ambitions, and her mother gave up her career in performing to raise her children.
Hathaway grew up with “very strong principles” as a Roman Catholic, and wanted to become a nun when she was young.
She attended Wyoming Elementary School in Millburn, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, and Millburn High School.
Hathaway participated in several productions during high school, and also appeared in productions at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.
In 1993, Hathaway graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was the first adolescent to be accepted into the acting department of the Barrow Group Theater Company.
Hathaway attended Vassar College, majoring in English and minoring in Political Science, before moving to New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Her acting style and appearance were first compared to that of Audrey Hepburn and Judy Garland, who she lists as two of her favorite actors.
Hathaway appeared in numerous plays throughout high school, and was selected to appear in the adolescent drama Get Real (1999–2000).
Her breakout role was in the Disney comedy The Princess Diaries (2001), and she appeared in other family-friendly films such as Ella Enchanted (2004).
Hathaway transitioned to adult roles in the thriller Brokeback Mountain (2005) and received critical acclaim for her work in Rachel Getting Married (2008), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Hathaway has since appeared in commercially successful films such as The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Valentine’s Day (2010), and Les Misérables (2012), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She has also appeared in Interstellar (2014), Ocean’s 8 (2018), The Hustle (2019), and WeCrashed (2022).
Hathaway has performed on stage, recorded music for soundtracks, hosted events, and received a Primetime Emmy Award for her voice work in The Simpsons.
She supports charity projects and promotes gender equality as a UN Women goodwill ambassador.
Anne Hathaway Husband: Who is Adam Shulman?
Hathaway is married to actor and entrepreneur Adam Shulman.
The couple has two sons together.
Hathaway backs charity projects and is on the board of the Lollipop Theatre Network, which shows movies to kids in hospitals.