Anne Hathaway explains why women feel ‘tremendous pressure’ to be likeable in Hollywood

Anne Hathaway’s take on double standards for men and women in the showbiz industry

Anne Hathaway recently spoke about misogyny and double standards in Hollywood and explained why there’s “a push for women to be more sympathetic” in the industry.

In a final interview with Elle Magazine for the November 2022 issue of Women in Hollywood, The Devil Wears Prada star fired back at the critics, saying, “I’m ambitious, and I think that’s awesome.”

The actress noted, “When you’re not born into the life you’d like to have for yourself, you have to be ambitious. I have a very easy relationship with him. I like that I work hard. I like knowing how to be professional. And I love the fact that I have very big dreams and goals for myself.

The We Crashed actress addressed double standards in the industry, as she remarked, “I feel like there’s a huge pressure to be likeable when you’re a woman, or you risk being misunderstood and mistreated. And I think women are punished harder for their perceived transgressions. Female ambition is more often perceived as transgressive.

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On the other hand, Hathaway believed that men are primarily defined by their work, and while they are “in no way less likable, he just needs to exist as himself”.

The actress, however, hoped to “perform and do meaningful work” for as long as she could.

However, given the careers of other standout performers like Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, Hathaway is sure to be “falling short.”

“But it’s still a goal,” she concluded.

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