Anne Hathaway admits she was faking it during her 2013 Oscar speech

You can put your pitchforks down now, folks.

Anne Hathaway has finally admitted that her 2013 Oscar acceptance speech was phony but, as the well-meaning actress recently explained to The Guardian, Les Misérables — the film for which she won best supporting actress for her turn as the tragic Fantine — left her in a bad headspace.

"I kind of lost my mind doing that movie and it hadn’t come back yet," the actress, who at one point subsisted off small amounts of porridge to lose 25 pounds for the role, says.

Beyond her taxing physical transformation, Hathaway also alludes to the psychological toll of researching and being immersed in that world. "It’s an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you’re supposed to be happy — I didn’t feel that way," she says. "I felt wrong that I was standing there in a gown that cost more than some people are going to see in their lifetime, and winning an award for portraying pain that still felt very much a part of our collective experience as human beings."

"I tried to pretend that I was happy and I got called out on it, big time," Hathaway continues, referencing the poor reception of her speech, which was regarded as fake at best and smug at worst.

"That’s the truth and that’s what happened. It sucks. But what you learn from it is that you only feel like you can die from embarrassment, you don’t actually die."

And Hathaway has seemingly moved on from the criticism, going on to star in a handful of features such as Don Jon, The Intern, Alice Through the Looking Glass and most recently, Colossal, in which she plays a drunk drifter in what USA TODAY reporter Andrea Mandell called her "riskiest post-Oscar move yet."

The actress, who in March welcomed her son Jonathan with husband Adam Shulman, has also been enjoying being a newish mom. "I’m feeding a child from my body, and that takes up all my time," she joked.

USA TODAY


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