Anne Hathaway on Oscar Win: "I Tried to Pretend That I Was Happy"
"It's an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you're supposed to be happy. I didn't feel that way."
Anne Hathaway reflected back on her 2013 Oscar win in a recent interview, revealing that she was actually pretty unhappy when she made her famous "It came true" speech.
"I felt very uncomfortable," Hathaway told The Guardian. "I kind of lost my mind doing that movie, and it hadn't come back yet."
Hathaway won the best supporting actress Academy Award for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables. She researched prostitution for the part and also went through physical changes like losing weight and cutting off her hair.
"Then I had to stand up in front of people and feel something I don't feel, which is uncomplicated happiness," continued Hathaway. "It's an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you're supposed to be happy. I didn't feel that way."
She even felt guilty about wearing her pink Prada gown at the event. "I felt wrong that I was standing there in a gown that cost more than some people are going to see in their lifetime, and winning an award for portraying pain that still felt very much a part of our collective experience as human beings."
While she tried to smile and put on a joyful front, Hathaway knows it ultimately didn't work. "I tried to pretend that I was happy and I got called out on it, big time. That's the truth and that's what happened. It sucks. But what you learn from it is that you only feel like you can die from embarrassment, you don't actually die."