Anne Hathaway opens up about ‘internalised misogyny’

Broede Carmody

Anne Hathaway has spoken candidly about how women can be confronted with misogyny from any number of people in Hollywood – including herself.

During an interview with the American Broadcasting Company’s Peter Travers, the Les Miserables star admitted sexism is so ingrained in the film industry that even she has felt as though she’s been a perpetrator of misogyny at one point in her career.

Specifically, the actress was talking about her time on the set of the 2011 film One Day. She said one of her biggest regrets is not trusting Danish director Lone Scherfig more.

“To this day I’m scared the reason why I didn’t trust her the way I trust some of the other directors I’ve worked with is because she’s a woman,” she said. “It’s so hard to admit. I’m so scared that I treated her with internalised misogyny and I’m scared I didn’t give her everything she needed or should have had because I was resisting her on some level.”

Hathaway said she has thought about her time on set with Scherfig a lot. At one point during the Popcorn with Peter Travers interview, she even pauses to admit that she’s going red because her comments feel like a “confession”.

“When I get scripts to be directed by women … I have in the past focused on what’s wrong with it,” she said. “When I see a film to be directed by a man, I focus on what’s right with it. I focus on where he could go with the next one and I focus on where she failed to go.”

While the admission didn’t come easy, Hathaway said it’s important to talk about internalised misogyny. Otherwise, nothing in Hollywood will change.

“Maybe me talking about it could make someone else question whether or not they do it,” she said.

 

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