Anne Hathaway had to give birth onstage every night for a role amid suffering tragic miscarriage


Anne Hathaway has revealed that she tragically suffered a miscarriage at a time when she was having to give birth every night onstage for a role.

In a new cover story for Vanity Fair, the actress recalled her first pregnancy, in 2015, which heartbreakingly ended in miscarriage.

“The first time it didn’t work out for me,” she told the magazine. “I was doing a play and I had to give birth onstage every night.”

The play was Grounded, a one-woman show about a US Air Force pilot [Hathaway] whose duties are reduced when she gets pregnant. As a result of the downgrade in her career, the character goes on to and suffer an emotional breakdown.

Hathaway subsequently had to deal with her own trauma of a failed pregnancy while channelling the trauma of a character who had just given birth.

“It was too much to keep it in when I was onstage pretending everything was fine. I had to keep it real,” Hathaway continued. “So when it did go well for me, having been on the other side of it — where you have to have the grace to be happy for someone — I wanted to let my sisters know, ‘You don’t have to always be graceful. I see you and I’ve been you.’ ”

“It’s really hard to want something so much and to wonder if you’re doing something wrong,” she said.

Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman have been married since 2012 and have two sons: Jonathan, seven, and Jack, three.

Meanwhile, in the same interview, Hathaway opened up about the backlash she was facing within the industry and online around the same time as her miscarriage.

Hathaway googled herself after winning an Oscar for her role in Les Miserables only to see the top search result was “Why does everyone hate Anne Hathaway?”

“A lot of people wouldn’t give me roles because they were so concerned about how toxic my identity had become online,” she explained.

“I had an angel in Christopher Nolan, who did not care about that and gave me one of the most beautiful roles I’ve had in one of the best films that I’ve been a part of,” she said, referencing their 2014 blockbuster, Interstellar.

“I don’t know if he knew that he was backing me at the time, but it had that effect,” she admitted. “And my career did not lose momentum the way it could have if he hadn’t backed me.

“Humiliation is such a rough thing to go through,” she added of the period. “The key is to not let it close you down. You have to stay bold, and it can be hard because you’re like, ‘If I stay safe, if I hug the middle, if I don’t draw too much attention to myself, it won’t hurt.’ But if you want to do that, don’t be an actor.”