Tips and AdviceAnne Hathaway Reveals How She Uses Past Acting Performances for Future Projects

Anne Hathaway Reveals How She Uses Past Acting Performances for Future Projects

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Anne Hathaway reminisces about a moment from ‘WeCrashed’ that was drawn from her first acting role.

“I remember when I was younger, an actor saying, ‘You can only ever really play yourself.’ And I thought, ‘I don’t know that I fully agree with that. I’m trying to play as many different characters as I can.'” – Anne Hathaway

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Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway and Emmy Award-winning actor Jeremy Strong, who have both starred in the 2019 film Serenity and the upcoming 2022 film Armageddon Time, had a conversation discussing their work. In this “Actors on Actors” interview with Variety, Hathaway shared an exciting story about a scene from one of her most recent projects.

According to WeCrashed star Anne Hathaway, one of the scenes in the new Apple TV+ series was an idea she had during her first acting job, but never got to use. She finally found a place for it in this show about the disastrous company WeWork:

“My very first job was on a TV show called Get Real. It was my senior year of high school. I was away from home. I was shooting in Los Angeles. I was 16. There were just a lot of feelings that I had that I didn’t understand. I would have to go to set and feel really nervous, and I would start to cry, but I would know that I couldn’t cry my makeup off. So I would take a tissue and fold it in half and I would cry into the tissue. After doing this a certain number of times, I remember thinking to myself, “This would be great to see on camera.” And I have tried to get that moment into a film on several occasions, and everybody always looked at me like I had three heads when I would suggest it. She has to cry without crying off her makeup, which is something that I think a lot of women understand. I just had a feeling that it would look really strong on camera to watch the tears just saturate the tissue but not fall.”

Hathaway reflects on a moment from her past and returns to a common adage about acting. She shares her thoughts on whether or not actors are only capable of playing versions of themselves. She says, “I remember when I was younger, an actor saying, ‘You can only ever really play yourself.’ And I thought, ‘I don’t know that I fully agree with that. I’m trying to play as many different characters as I can.’ I don’t necessarily work this way anymore, but in the beginning part of my career, I did connect to my characters through trauma. I would kind of search out parts in myself where I was broken and parts where they were broken, and I would try to find my way into them through that way.”

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