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From Genovian Royalty to Oscar Winner-The Rise and Journey of Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway has been in the film industry since the early 2000s. The multifaceted actress has delivered a variety of performances over the last two decades. The New York City native is best known for her roles in ' The Princess Diaries' films, ' The Devil Wears Prada', 'Les Misérables', among numerous others.

Flashing Back to Anne Hathaway's Childhood

At the age of six, Hathaway watched her mother perform as Fantine in 'Les Misérables'. This is the moment she fell in love with the stage. Unfortunately, her parents weren't on board with the idea of her pursuing an acting career. During her time in high school, she participated in many plays and appeared in plays at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse.

In 1993, she studied at the American Academy of Performing Arts. She was the first teenager to be admitted into the Barrow Group Theater Company's acting program. After her time there, she spent several semesters studying English. If she wasn't an actress, Hathaway would have been an English teacher or a psychologist.

Breakthrough and Early Roles

Her breakthrough role came with her acting debut in ' The Princess Diaries'. The film follows a teenager Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway) who discovers that she's the heir to the throne of a fictional kingdom called Genovia. The film became a critical and commercial success making $165 million worldwide. People magazine named the actress as one of its breakthrough stars of 2001.

In 2004, she starred as Ella of Frell in ' Ella Enchanted'. The fantasy romantic-comedy follows Ella as she navigates life and love in a fairy-tale world while trying to break a curse that was given to her by her fairy-godmother as a baby. The film received mixed reviews and gave a poor performance at the box office. In the same year, she reprised her role as Mia Thermopolis in ' The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement' which received mostly negative reviews but was a box office success making $95 million.

Transition to Adult Roles and Critical Recognition

After her breakthrough role in 2001, the actress tried her best to avoid getting typecast so she began taking on adult roles. As a result, Hathaway starred as Lureen Newsome Twist in the 2005 drama ' Brokeback Mountain' alongside Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film depicts the emotional and sexual relationship between two married men, Ennis (Ledger) and Jack (Gyllenhaal). The film garnered critical acclaim and received several Academy Award nominations. Hathaway stated that the content of the film was more important than the awards it received and making this film made her more aware of the stories she wanted to tell as an actress.

In 2006, she starred as Andy Sachs in ' The Devil Wears Prada' who is the assistant to powerful magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). The actress said working on the film made her respect the fashion industry more than she ever did before. Overall, the comedy film received positive reviews and became Hathaway's biggest commercial success to that point, grossing more than $326.5 million worldwide.

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