"It's actually made me a bit choosier because something really has to be so excellent to spend time away from the kids," said Hathaway.
Anne Hathaway, one of America's most popular actresses has an insane amount of talent and the potential to make any role a masterpiece. But in a conversation with Sirius XM, she recently expressed how she has become more selective with the kind of roles she picks up. Promoting Armageddon Time, she explained how she wanted to do films that truly impact people and not something that won't make audiences feel the worth of their money. "I have to say, the 'kids' thing has been the biggest shift," she explained. Hathaway has two children, both sons, one aged six-year-old Jonathan and two-year-old Jack with her husband Adam Schulman. "That's kind of re-prioritized everything, so it's actually made me a bit choosier because something really has to be so excellent to spend time away from them because they're so precious to me," she mentioned in the interview.
An actor who is so devoted to the craft, she explains the reason for this reprioritization. "They're the most sacred part of my life by a long shot. And then when I do accept something, it puts greater pressure on me to make it worth the time that I've spent away from them," she said. However, the responsibility is not just towards the kids, it is towards the audiences that will pay money to come and watch the film. "I've always felt a big responsibility - with mixed results - to the audience that was going to see the project that I was gonna work on because I take it very, very seriously," she continued. "People work so hard for their money and the idea that I'm asking you for your time and your money to like do this thing that I love to do, it has to be worth it, it really does," she further elaborated.
Perhaps the reason why she is also choosing her films differently is to get the widest experience when it comes to film and television. "I want to be the best actor that I can. I never want to stop learning. So that means I want to work on as many different types of movies and play as many different types of roles as I can," she noted. Adding, "For me, the most crucial part of that approach is I have to work with the best directors who will have me. I have to do that. It's the only way I'm going to learn because it can't just be about my experience of the part, it has to be about someone who - just by working with them - they're gonna make me a better artist."
With this film, "Armageddon Time," she hopes her kids can see this once they grow up. Hathaway has often shared her struggles when it came to pregnancy and fertility and even told WSJ Magazine, "There’s this tendency to portray getting pregnant, having kids, in one light, as if it’s all positive. But I know from my own experience…it’s so much more complicated than that. She says, "And when you find out that your pain is shared by others…you just think, I just feel that’s helpful information to have, so I’m not isolated in my pain."
She has always wanted to make grief something that isn't private, but something when shared becomes a bonding experience.
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