Despite her great success playing teenage roles in family films, Hathaway was growing up, and she explained it perfectly in one of her interviews. She said that there was only so long that one could play young ladies before starting to feel really ridiculous. She explained that she loved making those films, but she felt it was time for the big leagues.
And so, Anne made the transition to more adult roles, and in 2005, she acted in Ang Lee’s Western romantic drama “Brokeback Mountain.” Hathaway played the role of Lureen Newsome Twist, the conservative Midwestern wife of Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. The film, as well as Hathaway’s performance, were critically acclaimed.
She Didn’t Dub in “Ella Enchanted”
Being that it’s a musical film, “Ella Enchanted” had countless scenes that were basically song performances. Clearly, the A-list actors in the film were very talented at their craft, but that didn’t include having a spectacular singing voice. Thus, all the actors had their voices dubbed by actual singers whenever necessary. All the actors but one that is.
Anne Hathaway was the only actress in the film who didn’t have her voice dubbed by a singer and sang all of her scenes herself. She stunned her co-stars and the film crew every time she sang out a tune and sounded like a true diva.
Reprising a Beloved Role
Right around the time when Hathaway was thinking of doing a shift in her career toward more mature roles, she got a call from director Gary Marshall to star in a sequel to “The Princess Diaries.” The film “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” followed the life of Mia Thermopolis five years after discovering she was part of royalty. She goes to the land of Genovia to assume her rightful throne, and all kinds of adventures ensue.
The movie had a star-studded cast, including Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo, Chris Pines, John Rhys-Davies, Heather Matarazzo, and more. Much like the original film, the sequel was a financial success, grossing over $130 million at the box office.
A Toxic Relationship
In early 2004, a 21-year-old Hathaway met a handsome Italian real estate developer named Raffaello Follieri. The meeting was through a mutual friend, and the two just hit it off right away, with Follieri asking for her number after a few hours of conversation. He called the day after, and they started dating a few weeks later. Fast forward two months, and they decided to move in together, but what started as a fairytale was turning into something of a nightmare.
Reportedly, Follieri was very possessive of Hathaway, and he hated that she often worked long hours. He didn’t really support her career and told her to quit several times, asking her to stay at home so he could be the sole worker in the house. Not surprisingly, this started to affect Hathaway’s work and emotional state.
Engaged to a Criminal
As 2004 progressed, Hathaway and her Italian real estate boyfriend Follieri seemed to be getting more and more serious, with Follieri eventually proposing and the couple getting engaged. Follieri had a foundation based in New York that provided vaccines for children in third-world countries, but in the summer of 2008, the IRS was after him for not filing required forms.
Things only got worse when, later that month, he was arrested for conning investors while posing as a real estate agent for the Vatican. Logically, the FBI raided his and Hathaway’s NY apartment and went through all her journals, looking for any complicity. They found nothing, and Anne was cleared right away. Follieri got a four-year prison sentence.