Hathaway: “I was like, ‘Oh, oh, I’m sorry about the hate!’ “

Anne Hathaway reflects on the ‘hate’ she endured after winning her Oscar for The Help

“I was like, ‘Oh, oh, I’m sorry about the hate!’ “

She laughed out loud.

Hathaway, 46, says she was surprised by the outpouring of gratitude directed at her in the wake of her Oscar win. But at least a year after her best dramatic performance, she now wants to know what happened to that hate.

The Help opened in theaters the same week as the presidential election, but Hathaway’s surprise victory has been a gift for the LGBT movement.

“I was like, ‘Oh, oh, I’m sorry about the hate!’ ” she said on a recent morning, referring to the backlash she says was aimed at the movie when it won for Best Picture. “I just never thought of myself as having a career until the last two or three years.”

Hathaway is a black lesbian; her partner, director Tate Taylor, is African American. The two met in the late ’80s, while working as a set designer for Spike Lee.

“We were making movies together, but we didn’t have a lot of money. We would go into the city and rent a room in someone’s house if we needed a place to sleep while making a movie,” she recalled. “I used to come home late at night, and I would just be in the dark. I’d crawl under the bed and sit there. I’d tell myself I’d crawl back out of the bed, I’d crawl back in the bed, it’d take me three days to put the bed down. But it’s because I was just so tired.”

That couple began a journey that’s ended in the Oscar nominations. Hathaway was a nominee for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in The Kids Are All Right in 1993.

“I was like, ‘Oh, oh, I’m sorry about the hate!’ ” Hathaway laughed. “I just never thought of myself as having a career until the last two or three years.”

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