William Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” in Romeo and Juliet.
However, Anne Hathaway does not have sweet memories of her name. In fact, it brings back bad memories of her childhood where her mother used to use “Anne” when she was mad at her daughter. That’s what Anne Hathaway said on an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday.
She added that every time she stepped out in public and someone called her “Anne” she would think that they were going to yell at her.
She said, “People are like Anne! And I’m like ‘What? What did I do?”
Unfortunately, she attached herself to her original name when she went to collect her SAG card and they asked her what would she like her name to be and she felt it would be right to put her actual name. She never realized the long-term consequences that so many people would call her “Anne” for the rest of her life.
The Oscar winning actress is also the wife of Adam Shulman and mother to two sons: Jonathan, 4 and Jack, 1. They call her Annie as do many others including cast and crew members. Some also call her “Miss H” and “Hath.”
She’s comfortable with almost any version of her name except the proverbial “Anne” which brings flashbacks of unpleasant times.
She said, “Feel free to call me anything but Anne.”
The talented actress deserves to be called whatever she wishes to be called. Unfortunately, her name is Anne Hathaway as far as her acting career is concerned due to a simple lack of foresight when she was very young. Hathaway was only fourteen years old when she acted in her first commercial and got her SAG card.