Anne Hathaway revealed that she was only 16 years old when a journalist asked her if she was “a good girl or a bad girl.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress discussed the alleged incident on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
During a Q&A session after the premiere of her upcoming film “Eileen,” Hathaway revealed that it was one of the first questions she was asked when she first started her acting career.
” … I just remembered, one of the very first questions I ever got asked when I started acting, which meant, you know, I had to do press, was, ‘Are you a good girl or a bad girl?'” she said. “I was 16. And my 16-year-old self wanted to respond with this film.
She continued: “And so though I did not know that when I read the script, I think part of me hoped for this exact moment.
Hathaway said she decided to do “Eileen” after seeing director William Oldroyd’s acclaimed 2016 drama “Lady MacBeth,” in which Florence Pugh played a woman trapped in a miserable marriage to a much older man.
“I thought it was an extraordinary work,” Hathaway said. “I saw a study of female complication that hit me really, really deep, and I felt like Will was a filmmaker that could be trusted to tell complicated stories, especially about females.”
“Eileen” is based on Ottessa Moshfegh’s 2015 novel of the same name, and follows a young woman in the 1960s, according to THR. While living with her alcoholic father and working at a prison, Eileen meets a new counselor named Rebecca, played by Hathaway in the film, who changes the course of her life.
“This is a movie about a woman breaking free. Eileen is stuck inside the constraints of history, place, social class, upbringing, and imagination, and Rebecca provides her with a deviant way out,” the film’s producer Anthony Bregman told Deadline in February 2022. “We’re lucky that our own partners in crime are storytellers, performers, and producing partners devilish enough to make that journey both shocking and entertaining.”
“Eileen” also stars “Jojo Rabbit” actress Thomasin McKenzie and “Boardwalk Empire” actor Shea Whigham.