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    “Male Gaze Was Very Dominant, Pervasive And Juvenile”: Anne Hathaway Reveals She Was Told She Had Zero Sex Appeal In Hollywood

    As someone who dominated the genre of feel-good movies in the 2000s, Anne Hathaway has had a career that has spanned over two decades and is still flourishing, making her one of the most loved actresses of this era, while she continues to win over fans.

    Despite making it big, Hathaway has always been candid about her struggles in Hollywood, particularly in her initial years and how she coped up with it, while also proving the naysayers wrong. Here’s why the actress was told that she had zero sex appeal and how she dealt with this piece of criticism.

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    Anne Hathaway Responds To Criticism That She Has ‘Zero Sex Appeal’

    Anne Hathaway
    Anne Hathaway

    The actress revealed in her Vanity Fair cover story that she was told, very early on in her career that she had no sex appeal. To which she retorted, “I was like, ‘I’m a Scorpio. I know what I’m like on a Saturday night,’” 

    “The male gaze was very dominant and very pervasive and very juvenile,” Hathaway said, referring to how physical attributes were deemed way more central in her early days of career, as opposed to now.

    Anne began her career in Hollywood as a teenager, getting her big break with ‘Princess Diaries‘ where she played the role of Princess Mia, which went on to become perhaps her most loved role of all time. Even years later, fans continue to call her, with affection, ‘Princess Of Genovia’ which happens to be the fictional kingdom she was a ruler in, in the series.

    As of now, Hathaway has played the role of Solene, in the ‘Harry Styles’esque fan fiction called ‘The Idea Of Youwhere she plays an older woman having a romantic relationship with someone who is way younger. In the same interview, the actress also went into detail on her experience of working in the film.

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    The Sexual Dynamics In ‘The Idea Of You’

    Still from 'The Idea Of You'
    Still from ‘The Idea Of You’

    Talking about the new film and how her character is portrayed sexually, Hathaway said, “I feel ready to be a sexual creature out loud. It’s not like one healthy, consensual female orgasm (okay, multiple) is going to change the world, but I’m really happy to be part of a story that takes pleasure in female pleasure.”

    She also added, “This is the first time I’ve known myself this well. I don’t live in what others think of me. I know my own mind and I am connected to my own feelings.”

    In The Idea of You, Hathaway portrays 40-year-old single mother Solène, who unintentionally strikes up a romantic relationship with Hayes Campbell, played by Nicholas Galitzine. He is the lead vocalist for the boy band, August Moon. After her boyfriend abruptly leaves their teenage daughter’s trip to the Coachella Music Festival, Solène needs to step in to chaperone her. It’s during this unexpected encounter that Solène and Hayes connect, irrevocably. As their whirlwind romance takes off, Hayes’ celebrity position quickly presents inevitable obstacles to their union, and Solène quickly realizes that living under his spotlight may not be everything she had anticipated.

    The film has opened to extremely good reviews from various platforms. As of now, the film is set to release on Prime Video in May.

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