Anne Hathaway revealed a completely inappropriate question she was asked when she was just 16 years old. The Devil Wears Prada star spoke about a journalist’s question while participating in a Q&A session following the premiere of her new thriller, Eileen at the Sundance Film Festival.
“I just remembered one of the very first questions I ever got asked when I started acting and had to do press was: ‘Are you a good girl or a bad girl?’” Hathaway, 40, said, according to Variety. “I was 16. And my 16-year-old self wanted to respond with this film.”
Hathaway brought up the incident as she described wanting to work with Eileen director William Oldroyd after seeing his 2016 drama Lady Macbeth, which starred Florence Pugh as a woman trapped in a loveless marriage to an 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.”
Based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Otessa Moshfegh, Eileen follows a young woman living a grim life in Boston in the 1960s. While working at a prison, a woman named Rebecca Saint John (Hathaway) joins the staff as a mysterious doctor who forms a homoerotic bond with a fellow prison staffer named Eileen (Thomasin McKenzie).
Meanwhile, Hathaway is “excited” for the third installment of the Princess Diaries film. Though she didn’t reveal much about the upcoming film, which is reported to be in development, she did admit that it was “thrilling” to “see the level of excitement for it.”
“We feel the exact same, and I know it’s probably very frustrating,” she says of the nearly two-decade wait for another sequel. “It’s a process that requires patience, and so everybody should consider themselves a part of the movie business now, because this is how long it actually takes to make things.” Hathaway hasn’t officially signed on as of yet, and neither has Chris Pine, who made his film debut in 2004’s Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.