Anne Hathaway gave the Berlin Film Festival one of the most vibrant red carpet looks of the night as she stepped out on She came to me debut in a black sheer mesh dress by Valentino. The 40-year-old actress also wore black opera-length gloves with her hair elegantly styled.
This look is the latest in a very strong red carpet fashion for Hathaway. It also comes as the actress has found more peace with herself and has stopped letting other people’s opinions diminish her.
Hathaway, who was featured in ELLE’s Women in Hollywood issue last fall, spoke at the magazine’s Los Angeles event celebrating her and her other accolades about how the past “Hathhate” affected her.
“In my opinion, hate speech starts with the self,” she began. “Thanks for letting me go there. I felt it was important to bring up this concept because recently I overheard a little girl, ages 8 to 11, telling her mom in a parking lot that her friend—who I guess also is a little girl—hated her own mouth. And I really felt for that young, young little girl experiencing the first self-hatred, which I’m sure many of us understand. And we don’t have enough time to discuss all the myriad causes of violent hate speech and the imperative need to end it.”
“Ten years ago, I had an opportunity to look at hate speech from a new perspective,” she continued. “For context — this was a language I’d been using with myself since I was 7. And when your self-inflicted pain is suddenly somehow amplified back to you at, say, the full volume of the internet … that’s a thing.”
“When it happened to me, I realized this wasn’t it. This wasn’t the place,” she said. “When what happened happened, I realized I had no desire to have anything to do with this energy line. At any level. I would no longer create art from this place. I would no longer have room for it, live in fear of it, or speak its language for any reason.
To someone. Including me. Because there is a difference between existence and behavior. You can judge behavior. You can forgive behavior or not. But you have no right to judge – and especially not to hate – someone for existing. And if you do, you’re not where it is.”
“Hate seems to me to be the opposite of life; in such hard soil, nothing can grow properly, if at all, she added. “And I feel like this is what we’re talking about when we talk about culture. We’re basically talking about the earth that our collective and personal roots take hold in.
And as a mother of young children—meaning someone who has spent the last six years around young children—I am of the firm belief that we are born to experience love. And then, in a culture of misplaced hate, we form unhealed hurt and the toxicity that is the byproduct of both.”
Alyssa Bailey is senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees celebrity and royal coverage (notably Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She has previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, getting people to take #ootd pictures of her, and exploring New York City.