Anne Hathaway is not fond of one thing about herself: her name. The Oscar-winning actress, 38, revealed she regrets using her real name as her famo
Anne Hathaway is not fond of one thing about herself: her name.
The Oscar-winning actress, 38, revealed she regrets using her real name as her famous moniker during an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
“Everybody call me Annie, please,” Hathaway told host Fallon Tuesday. “So feel free, call me anything but Anne.”
Hathaway explained that the “only person who calls me Anne is my mother,” and when she does it’s not necessarily a good thing.
“She only does it when she’s really mad at me, like really mad,” the actress said. “So every time I step out in public and someone calls my name, I think they’re going to yell at me… People are like, ‘Anne!’ And I’m like ‘What? What did I do?’”
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Hathaway’s parents named her after an illustrious predecessor.
The first notable Anne Hathaway was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and is remembered as the wife of that town’s most famous sometimes-resident, William Shakespeare.
Despite the historic origin of her name, Hathaway still would’ve gone with a different stage name if she could go back in time.
“When I was 14 years old, I did a commercial, and I had to get my (Screen Actors Guild) card and they asked me, ‘What do you want your name to be?'” she said. “And I was like, ‘Well, it should be my name. My name’s Anne Hathaway.’ So that seemed like the right choice. It never occurred to me that for the rest of my life, people will call me Anne.”
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The “Locked Down” actress said her co-stars and colleagues have been great about respecting her wishes.
“People are so lovely, they don’t want to be presumptuous, and so I think they come up with workarounds on set because the truth is nobody’s comfortable calling me Anne ever. It doesn’t fit. I’m an Annie,” Hathaway said, adding that people also call her “Miss H” or “Hath.”
The Brooklyn-born actress, who came to prominence through her roles in “The Princess Diaries” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” went on to star in such films as “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Les Miserables,” “Ocean’s 8” and “The Witches,” among many others.
She is set to appear in HBO Max’s “Locked Down,” out Thursday.
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