8 Lessons Learned from Anne Hathaway's Characters

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Today, Anne Hathaway is gracing the silver screen as the sexy and cunning thief Catwoman alongside Christian Bale's Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. Seeing Anne don the iconic catsuit got us reminiscing about her other films and the variety of characters she's portrayed. In honor of the alluring actress and her blockbuster role, check out a few of our favorite Anne Hathaway characters and the lessons she's taught us through her films.

  • The Princess Diaries: In her breakout role, Anne played lanky and awkward Mia, a San Francisco high school student who is told by her estranged grandmother that she is the only living heir to the royal throne of Genovia.
    Lesson Learned: Regardless of what has transpired in the past, family comes first. Always.
  • The Devil Wears Prada: Anne Hathaway plays Andy Sachs, a college grad fresh out of Northwestern University who moves to NYC and lands the magazine job "a million girls would kill for" - the junior personal assistant to Miranda Priestly, the cruel and crazy editor in chief of Runway magazine.
    Lesson Learned: No matter how incredible an opportunity may be, you deserve some dignity and a good life.
  • Becoming Jane: Set in 1795, Anne Hathaway plays a young Jane Austen who dreams of marrying for love.
    Lesson Learned: Keeping up appearances and marrying for wealth is no match for true chemistry that you can't explain.
  • Get Smart: Anne Hathaway plays an equally sexy and smart spy, paired up with Agent 78, Steve Carell's less-competent character, for a super-secret mission.
    Lesson Learned: More often than not, there's a woman acting as the brains of the operation.


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  • Rachel Getting Married: This is without a doubt my all-time favorite Anne Hathaway role. She is completely amazing in this movie as Kym, a troubled girl released from rehab in order to attend her big sister's wedding.
    Lesson Learned: Our actions affect everyone around us. But regardless of how terrible things may appear, there is always hope.
  • Bride Wars: In one of her craziest chick flicks to date, Anne Hathaway plays an ultimate bridezilla who can't stop feuding with her best friend since they share the same wedding date.
    Lesson Learned: Nothing can come between you and your best girl. Even a picture-perfect wedding at the Plaza hotel.
  • Alice in Wonderland: Anne played a spot-on version of the kind and lovely White Queen in Alice in Wonderland.
    Lesson Learned: No matter how bleak a situation may appear, at the end of the convoluted day, a good attitude will always triumph over a Negative Nancy.
  • The Dark Knight Rises: In the latest and last of Christopher Nolan's Batman series, Anne plays Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman. She's a mysterious and ruthless cat burglar with a sharp tongue and sex appeal to boot. Lesson Learned: People aren't always what they appear to be, and even the most hardened criminals may be capable of a change of heart.


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