Everyone in the public eye leads a tough life – everything you do is scrutinized and that can’t be fun. And even though we don’t know them at all, we judge them through their photos, interviews and just by the way “they look”. And hence we love some people, and we truly hate some celebrities. One big example of that is Anne Hathaway. I don’t know why but even though she has played some fun characters, I just can’t seem to warm up to her. She just seems tooooo everything to me – too shiny and bright, too excited, too “I am so much in love with my life and the world”, toooo everything. Have we become so cynical that we don’t like a person who looks tooo happy? An NYT piece said that that Hathaway was a victim of the tall poppy syndrome, which basically means “Ms. Hathaway could simply be a victim of what the British call “tall poppy syndrome” — the bloom that pokes above the others is the first to get cut. With her too-perfect mouth, flawless skin, doe eyes and svelte figure, Ms. Hathaway is certainly one of Hollywood’s most visible blossoms of late, particularly after scooping up a best supporting actress Oscar and Golden Globe for her turn as Fantine in “Les Misérables.” It quoted Neal Gabler saying, ““We love authenticity, that’s why we have a billion reality shows,” said Neal Gabler, an author of several best-selling books on Hollywood culture and history. “And here comes Anne Hathaway. Everything she does seems managed, calculated or rehearsed. Her inauthenticity — or the feeling of her inauthenticity — is now viral.”
That may be true – she seems to be nice to that we think she is nice. Does that even make sense, and how can we say that about someone without knowing them. I was reading an intriguing piece about Amanda Knox over the weekend (the American girl who was charged with killing her roommate in Paris in a sex game gone wrong) about how she looks innocent on her book cover, but an innocence that looks put on. Amanda is a big example of how people hate people without knowing them – she was called a devil because she didn’t look upset enough, because he dared to smile, and kiss her boyfriend after her friend was murdered. She just didn’t look sad enough. There is something about Amanda that does make me feel like she is hiding something – what she has gone through is mad though (she was actually told in the prison that she was HIV positive and then scoffed at for having sex with too many people. She was later told she was negative. That’s just torture). Do read the piece here and it will explain it all http://www.salon.com/2013/08/14/diary_of_an_ice_queen_the_literature_of_the_amanda_knox_case_partner/
But we hate people. I have never warmed upto maybe a Katrina Kaif, just because she looks too perfect. Is that her fault? Maybe not, but I can’t relate to her. Maybe that’s the scene – we all need to relate to people, and that’s what makes them likable or not. NY Mag did an interesting piece on why people hate Anne Hathaway but love Jennifer Lawrence (who is also such a bright spot). It said “The biggest difference between them is their interview and red-carpet persona. Hathaway doesn’t have the same down-to-earth delivery. She’s charming, but not funny. Meanwhile Lawrence manages to exude a best-friend vibe even at a behind-the-curtain Oscar press conference. Anyone who’s frozen up in front of the camera or in front of a crowd knows how hard it is to play a version of yourself and seem “natural” with all eyes on you. That Hathaway struggles with this should make her more relatable to us. Yet “I watch her in outtakes, and I feel like she’s not a real person,” writes a blogger at Crushable.”
I too love Lawrence, just because she seems normal and fun. It’s the same way I have always love Jennifer Aniston and hated Angelina Jolie, loved Rani Mukherjee and hated Aishwarya Rai. To me hating Hathaway is like hating a person who is trying so hard to be someone they think is “cool”. But that’s what happens when you are in limelight. People hate you for no reason at all. As Salon.com put it, do people hate Hathway for “just her face”. Read that piece here http://www.salon.com/2013/02/26/anne_hathaway_hollywoods_most_polarizing_star/I am just glad I am not a celebrity. I have no clue what my face would make people do.