Anne Hathaway has spoken about what it felt like to be universally and inexplicably hated about four years ago.

Celebrity followers with long memories will recall the period back in early 2013 where the Oscar-winning actress was disliked by virtually the entire internet for no specific reason. Loads of articles with titles like ‘Everybody Hates Anne Hathaway’, which were examined in depth in an article by The New Yorker, in the aftermath of her Academy Award win for Les Miserables, were everywhere.

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016

Now that she’s playing a character in a similar situation in the upcoming film Colossal, where she portrays an internet writer who gets embroiled in a scandal and falls from grace dramatically, she’s spoken to Jezebel about what it was like to experience something very similar in real life.

“It’s not that I’ve gotten a rhino skin to it, but I sort of see all of that for what it is… how the world feels about me has nothing to do with me. How other people treat me has nothing to do with me,” she reflected.

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“But if anything that anybody said resonated with me as something I’d like to work on for myself, I took it in like that. And to that extent, I feel like I got to shortcut a lot of my growth. To that extent, even though I wouldn’t have chosen to go through it, I still found a way to be grateful to it.”

However, even though she’s over the rather disconcerting experience, she still hasn’t really accepted the omnipresence of social media. When she posted a picture of her newborn son Jonathan back in April last year, she immediately regretted having done so.

“I decided to post a shot of the back of his head, and almost as soon as I’d done it, I wished that I hadn’t,” she revealed. “I felt like I had broken some kind of a seal in inviting people into my life.”

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