Anne Hathaway Has Asked People To Stop Calling Her ‘Anne’

Anne Hathaway is asking everyone to stop calling Anne, as she'd prefer to be called something else.
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Anne Hathaway is asking everyone to stop calling her ‘Anne’, as she’d prefer to be called something else. 

Hathaway, 41, is an American actress who has starred in a huge number of hit films over the years, including The Devil Wears PradaLes Misérables and Interstellar.

The Serenity star’s films are estimated to have grossed a staggering $6.8 billion worldwide.

You’d think that as Hathway is such a huge star in Hollywood, she’d be used to people calling her by her name and not think much of it – however, this isn’t the case.

The Hustle actress says that her name ‘doesn’t fit’ her and that no one in her actual life uses it.

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But first, let’s dive into how Hathaway became a household name, accumulating millions of fans who never knew she hated being called ‘Anne’.

Hathaway’s breakthrough came with the role of Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries.

Unusually, the actress snapped up the role with one single audition – with she and director Gary Marshall hitting it off immediately.

The Princess Diaries (2001)
Anne Hathaway shot to fame after starring in the lead role of The Princess Diaries. Credit: Disney

Hathaway recalled: “At some point during the audition, I got really nervous and fell out of my chair, and I think that’s what he was most impressed with.”

This is still very much a ‘fairy tale’ moment to the One Day star, with her saying on the movie’s anniversary: “I remember [the day] and I give thanks to the universe, a big open-hearted thank you, because that was the day that dreams came true for me.

“There are a lot of aspects to my life that are very real, but also a lot that are very fairy tale. That was the day that my fairy tale started.”

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Anne Hathaway’s movies are estimated to have grossed billions worldwide. Credit: Alamy

Following her role in the coming-of-age comedy, Hathaway was determined to keep her stardom rising and began taking on more adult roles to avoid typecasting.

“It’s lovely to think that my audience is growing up with me,” the actress would say.

And grow with Hathaway fans did, with the actress appearing in numerous blockbusters, including Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada.

But prior to being in these hits, the Ella Enchanted star had one difficult decision to make… her name.

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Anne Hathaway had an important decision to make at the beginning of her acting career. Credit: Alamy

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the host asked the Colossal star: “I’ve known you for a pretty long time now. I’ve heard people call you Annie, like your good friends. Do I call you Anne or Annie?”

“Call me Annie! Everybody, everybody, call me Annie – please!” Hathaway responded.

She would explain that she began going by Anne professionally at 14 years old, as she needed a Screen Actors Guild membership card.

At this time, Hathaway had no idea how successful she would become and that people would begin to constantly refer to her by her birth name and not her preferred nickname.

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Anne Hathaway had to pick a name for her Screen Actors Guild membership card. Credit: Alamy

“They asked me, ‘What do you want your name to be?’ And I’m like, well, it should be my name. My name’s Anne Hathaway,” the Ocean’s 8 actress recalled.

“And so that seemed like the right choice. But it never occurred to me that for the rest of my life people would call me Anne.”

Hathaway revealed that the only person who ever calls her Anne is you guessed it… her mother – and this is only when she’s angry with her.

Anne Hathaway on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Anne Hathaway is asking everyone to stop calling her ‘Anne’. Credit: NBC

“The only person who ever calls me Anne is my mother, and she only does it when she’s really mad at me,” the actress added.

“So every time I step out in public and someone calls my name, I think they’re going to yell at me.”

At this point in the interview, Hathaway requested that the audience call her ‘anything but Anne’, adding: “People are so lovely – they don’t want to be presumptuous, and so they come up with workarounds on set because the truth is nobody’s comfortable calling me Anne ever. It doesn’t fit.

“I’m an Annie. And so people call me, like, Miss H; people call me Hath. So feel free to call me anything but Anne.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.