FACT: The most notoriously unlikeable character in Hollywood is Anne Hathaway. Well, other than maybe Mel Gibson. Everybody hates Mel Gibson. She arrived on the scene as the fresh-faced star of the celebrated tween film The Princess Diaries but, in recent years, it seems that the tiara she once wore on her head has gotten stuck somewhere down south. Some call her pretentious, some call her phoney but, for the most part, her over-the-top overgrown theatre kid persona “reminds us of the show tune-belting nightmare we knew in high school,” according to an essay in the New Yorker by Sasha Weiss. We hated that over-achieving person in high school, grinning in anticipation for the applause they thought deserved, and we don’t like them any better now.
In the wake of the Justin Bieber Roast (aka his public apology for being the ultimate douchebag), Anne Hathaway has attempted to shed her unlikeable public image by stripping down to her tighty-whiteys and riding a wrecking ball during an episode of Lip Sync Battle. This was a big moment for Hathaway. She wants to show us that she doesn’t take herself seriously after all. And for this, we commend her — even if the surprise, surprise, over-the-top performance does evoke extreme discomfort.
If there’s one thing to take from this gong show it’s that the old addage is true: “you can take the kid out of drama school but you can’t take drama school out of the kid.”
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