By Christopher Rosa. Photos: Getty Images.
The journey to self-love can be long and difficult—even for celebrities like Anne Hathaway, who, on the outside, appear to have perfect lives. In a new interview for Popcorn with Peter Travers, Hathaway reveals she's very content now with her life—she credits her career, husband (Adam Shulman), and son (Jonathan) for that—but the path to this position was rocky. Why? She didn't like herself—at all.
"I disliked myself so intensely," she says. "It was just a mindset. I didn't know how to love myself. I didn't know how to love anybody."
Because of this mindset, Hathaway lived with a "pungent unhappiness" for years and worried she'd never find peace. "It just seemed like [happiness] could never happen to me," Hathaway says. "I had just too many issues."
She escaped those issues by diving into characters. Hathaway says a reason why she loved acting so much in those early years was because it gave her an opportunity to forget about her biggest issue: accepting herself.
"Of course I loved [acting back then] because it meant that I got to leave this moment and be someone else," she says. "Of course that came easily when the thing that felt impossible at the time was actually being present."
Hathaway credits "the right teachers" for helping her feel comfortable in her skin—but she's still a work in progress, just like all of us. Building confidence is tricky and complicated and can take years. (As someone who struggles with self-love on a daily basis, I can attest that it takes time, patience, and forgiveness.) Don't rush things: Go through life at your own pace and pick up lessons along the way. You'll be surprised how much you'll absorb—subconsciously—that will lead to a happier, more fulfilled you. Anne Hathaway is proof of that. Mia Thermopolis would be proud.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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