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.
Credit: Alamy

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

Hathaway, 40, is an American actress who has starred in a huge number of films over the years, including The Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Diaries, Les 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.

Related Article: Cher Explains Why She Doesn’t Seem To Age

Related Article: Miley Cyrus Fans Are Just Realising Her Real Name After Clip Shows Much She Hated It Before

When appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the host said to Hathaway: “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?”

To which the Colossal star responded: “Call me Annie! Everybody, everybody, call me Annie – please!”

Hathaway went on to explain that she began going by Anne professionally at 14 years old, as she needed a Screen Actors Guild membership card.

But at this time, the Ocean’s 8 actress 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.

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

“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,” she 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.

Related Article: Amanda Seyfried Regrets Filming Scenes ‘Without Her Underwear’ As A Teenager

Related Article: Jennifer Aniston Says She’s Done With ‘Cancel Culture’

“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 asked the audience to 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.”

Do you have a story for us? If so, email us at [email protected]. All contact will be treated in confidence.

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.