In November of 2010, Hathaway took on the role of Maggie Murdock, a free-spirited artist who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. She reunited with Jake Gyllenhaal, and the two stars played the lead roles in “Love & Other Drugs,” a film about two people who fall madly for each other and begin a complicated relationship. The romantic drama gave Hathaway a new challenge – playing someone with Parkinson’s disease and doing a few nude scenes for the first time in her career.
The actress recounts that she spent much time with a Parkinson’s patient to research the condition as much as possible. As for the nude scenes, she watched films by Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet repeatedly since, according to her, they were two stars who had performed nudity in what she considered an elegant, dignified way. The film was a commercial success.
The Rom-Coms Begin
At the beginning of 2009, Hathaway was cast as meek schoolteacher Emma Allan in “Bride Wars,” a romantic comedy that failed with critics but was a financial success. The film follows two childhood best friends who have been planning their weddings since they were little and then become terrible enemies after they schedule their wedding for the same date.
Playing alongside Kate Hudson, Hathaway did a great job at starring in a light-hearted rom-com, which she herself called “hideously commercial…gloriously so.” A year later, she played Liz, a receptionist who falls in love with a clerk in Gary Marshall’s romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day.”
A Voice-Over Star
Apart from her incomparable talents as an actress, Hathaway also proved herself to be brilliant at doing voice-over work. In fact, she won an Emmy for “Outstanding Voice-Over Performance” in 2010 for her job voicing Princess Penelope in “The Simpsons.”
For the legendary show’s tenth episode of its 21st season, “Once Upon a Time in Springfield,” Hathaway lent her voice to a new animated character and did an incredible job. Later, in 2010, she also did the voice for different characters on the hit animated TV show, “Family Guy,” and the character of Jewel, a macaw in the animated film “Rio.”
Playing the White Queen
Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” was a visually astonishing film that received mixed reviews from critics and viewers. Everybody applauded the film’s beautiful aesthetic but criticized the fact that the plot lacked substance. Nonetheless, it was littered with legendary Hollywood stars like Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska, Crispin Glover, and our star subject, Anne Hathaway.
Hathaway played the complex character of the White Queen, the Red Queen’s calm and good-hearted sister. Even though the critics weren’t so impressed, the film grossed over $1 billion, making it a massive commercial success at the box office.
An Iconic Catwoman
There’s being a Hollywood star, and then there’s being an actor in a Christopher Nolan film. In 2012, Anne Hathaway auditioned for a role in Nolan’s critically acclaimed “The Dark Knight Rises,” and she didn’t even know what part she was auditioning for until after it ended. She confessed in one interview that she had Harley Quinn in mind all along.
After speaking with Nolan for over an hour, he revealed he wanted her for the role of Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman). Not only was it the actress’s most physically demanding role to date, but also the highest-grossing film she’d ever starred in. Her performance was lauded by critics.