1:30pm PT by Chris Gardner
Anne Hathaway Hosts L.A. Art Show Opening Night: "Art Is My Life"
Two weeks ago, Anne Hathaway posted an “out of character” photo of herself on Instagram. Clad in a red bikini, the Oscar winning actress cradled her baby bump on the beach in Hawaii but she wasn’t alone. Hathaway announced in the caption that she’d just spotted a paparazzo snapping a pic of her and instead of waiting for the inevitable, she would rather have control of the image, one that makes her happy.
Hathaway looked happy (and glowing) in her first red carpet appearance since news of her pregnancy (and that red bikini pic) circulated just about everywhere. She traded the swimsuit for a black Marc Jacobs mini dress paired with Miu Miu heels to walk alongside husband Adam Shulman and longtime manager Suzan Bymel helping open the L.A. Art Show downtown inside the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Hathaway and Shulman hosted the event as a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The hospital and its mission — to care for children facing life-threatening diseases with pioneering research and treatment, all free of charge — is close to Hathaway’s heart and has been since she first visited 12 years ago. “It was a place that I had heard about but after I saw it firsthand, I knew that my life had changed and that I would do anything to help those kids and their families, and I would do anything to support this cause.”
On Wednesday night that meant posing for photographers, doing a couple of quick interviews on the carpet and opening the event with special remarks for VIP patrons and supporters of the L.A. Art Show, a 200,000 square foot art fair presenting works from 120 galleries from across the nation and 22 countries. During those remarks, Hathaway spoke genuinely about St. Jude, calling it “one of the great treasures we have built as a species.”
She also had kind words about art. “I don’t want to sound pretentious or anything, but art kind of is my life,” smiled Hathaway, who produced her first feature film last year. “It brings me joy, it makes me calm … and for me, it makes everyday exciting.”
There’s that happiness again. Emotions were high inside the Convention Center as guests ping-ponged to the exhibits, to the bar and pointed out the long lines at Pink’s hot dog stand (just about as long, if not longer, than the ever-present lines at the original La Brea Avenue outpost).
Seen making the rounds were Zach Braff, Kevin Bacon, Rhea Seehorn, Dave Annable, Natasha Henstridge, Dyan Cannon, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Paul Sorvino, Perrey Reeves, Lubov Azria, Kathleen Robertson, Kyle Richards and husband Mauricio Umansky. Billy Zane made the rounds too, but spent most of his night seated while allowing one of the artists to do a live portrait while a large crowd gathered around him, showing off another way actors can control their image — or at least supervise.
The 21st LA Art Show continues through Sunday.