When I saw The Dark Knight Rises, I was mostly disappointed with the movie—save for the Anne Hathaway moments. She was delightful in both character and dialogue, and I am chagrined to admit that I questioned whether or not she would be a suitable Catwoman. As much as I loved Pfeiffer’s portrayal, Hathaway’s more subdued yet calculated one was pretty stellar.
But that’s not why she’s my new hero. I’ve always enjoyed her in movies—especially her teen ones that I grew up with—but after her unfortunate “wardrobe malfunction” that everyone is trying to take advantage of and exploit, she has remained graceful and poised as ever.
Take her interview with Matt Lauer, for example. In his traditional clunky, insensitive fashion, Lauer asked her what she “learned” from the incident, as if she is some child who needs to learn from her “mistakes” and not that the paparazzi needs to learn how to be decent to human beings—not to mention his own pond scum tactic of bringing it up in the first place. She was actually on the show to promote her role in Les Miserables, which I hear was amazing—I am so looking forward to seeing it!—and brought her answer full circle back to it:
“Well, it was obviously an unfortunate incident. Um, I think— It kinda made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and, rather than delete it, and do the decent thing, sells it. And I'm sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants, which brings us back to Les Mis, because that’s what my character is—she is someone who is forced to sell sex to benefit her child, because she has nothing and there's no social safety net. And I— Yeah, so, um, so let's get back to Les Mis.”
Wow, right? Doesn’t that response jut give you goose bumps? If women start acting like this every time some idiot asks about their clothes or makeup or how much weight they had to lose for a role—which Ms. Hathaway also elegantly addresses during her interview with this nitwit—just think of the way the media, the way society, could change—in fact, the way it could be changing right now as actresses like Hathaway and Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson and others refused to be boxed in by their gender.
Interviewers—that should have quotation marks in these cases, shouldn’t it?—will have to stop asking stupid questions fueled by their own sexist assumptions or erections and start asking them based on interesting concepts that actually pertain to these actors’ works. Better get those brains cranking out some real questions, folks—or go back to college for a few basic journalism courses, because I honestly don’t remember covering the panties of a subject in the classes I took as an undergraduate.
And contrary to popular belief, I honestly do think the public is more interested in the questions with substance. So why not try it out?
And keep rocking it, Anne. You are an inspiration to women everywhere.