How Anne Hathaway Overcame Typecasting After ‘The Princess Diaries’ Is Empowering — VIDEO


More than a decade after The Princess Diaries was released, Anne Hathaway is still beloved for playing Princess Mia. The charming story enveloped viewers with its humor, heart-warming moments and the presence of Julie Andrews. In short, there's a reason it's a classic. However, in an interview with Huffington Post Live, Hathaway revealed The Princess Diaries typecasted her.

It's pretty hard to believe. However, Hathaway's explanation unfortunately makes a lot of sense. She elaborated:

Hathaway clearly appreciates the opportunity to play Princess Mia, but it's also understandable how being typecast is frustrating, especially when you want a career based on diversity and range.

However, it's admirable to see how Hathaway stepped up to the challenge. The Princess Diaries was her first film, but since then she's been nominated for two Oscars, including a win for her role as Fantine in Les Misérables. The parts she's played are diverse and include a recovering addict in Rachel Getting Married, the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland, and a woman suffering from early onset Parkinson's disease in Love & Other Drugs. Let's not forget that she also sang live for her Les Mis role, proving this woman can do it all.

Outside of movies, Hathaway also co-hosted the Oscars and is an advocate for gay rights. While I'll always fondly remember her for her part in The Princess Diaries, she's grown far beyond the reaches of that role. Her influence transcends her movies, proving that she overcame any typecasting she had from playing a princess. You can watch Hathaway's full interview in the video above.