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Anne Hathaway Reflects on the ‘Hatred’ She Suffered After Receiving an Academy Award

Anne Hathaway views the difficult time following her Academy Award victory nearly a decade ago as a “learning experience.”

Hathaway, who won an Academy Award for best-supporting actress for her performance in 2012’s “Les Misérables,” talked at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event on Monday night about the internet and media hostility she faced prior to and especially after her win.

According to a transcript published on the magazine’s website, Hathaway stated, “Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to examine the language of hatred from a different angle.” “For perspective, I had been using this language with myself since the age of seven.” And when your self-inflicted agony is suddenly amplified back to you at, say, internet volume… It is something.”

Hathaway stated that her experience led her to conclude, “I had no desire to have anything to do with this stream of energy,” and “I would no longer make work from this location.”

“I would no longer give it space, fear it, or speak its language for whatever reason. To anyone. I included,” she stated.

Hathaway received numerous accolades for her performance that year, including a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, and was a firm favorite for the Academy Award. However, with her success came bitter criticism.

Anne Hathaway Reflects on the 'Hatred' She Suffered After Receiving an Academy Award

Hathaway continued, “There is a distinction between existence and activity.” “You can evaluate conduct. You can forgive or not forgive behavior. But you have no right to judge and especially to despise someone simply for being. And if you do, you’re out of the loop.”

She ended on a positive note, noting that hatred is a taught behavior that can be unlearned and altered.

“The good news about learned hatred is that it can be unlearned,” she remarked. “It contains a brain. I hope they give themselves the opportunity to rediscover love.”

The “Devil Wears Prada” actress acknowledged the evening’s other awardees, including Sigourney Weaver, Ariana DeBose, Sydney Sweeney, Michelle Yeoh, Issa Rae, Zoe Kravitz, and Olivia Wilde, earlier in her address.

“Be cheerful for women. Period,” Hathaway said. “Be especially happy for successful ladies. It’s not that difficult.”

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