Anne Hathaway is not impressed with the United States’ paid parental leave benefits.
“I can’t believe we don’t already have it…When [my son] Johnny was a week old and I was holding him and I was in the ninth level of ecstasy, I just all of a sudden thought, ‘Mommy guilt is invented nonsense,’” she told Elle. “We’re encouraged to judge each other, but we should be turning our focus to the people and institutions who should be supporting us and currently aren’t.”
In March 2016, Hathaway and her husband, actor-producer, Adam Shulman, welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman.
Of her husband, she told the mag, “He changed my ability to be in the world comfortably. I think the accepted narrative now is that we, as women, don’t need anybody. But I need my husband. His unique and specific love has changed me.”
Hathaway is set to star in “Ocean’s Eight” next year. It’s noted for featuring a female-led cast, including Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, among others.
“Hollywood is not a place of equality. I don’t say that with anger or judgement; it’s a statistical fact,” Hathaway told Elle. “And even though I’ve been in some female-centric films, I’ve never been in a film like this. It just kind of makes you away of the ways you sort of unconsciously change yourself to fit certain scenarios. It’s not better or worse…or right or wrong, but there are certain things you understand about one another because of experiences you have in common…it’s probably easy for men to take that for granted.
“Just being on a set where I’m the one who possesses that ease is really something. It’s a nice alternative narrative.”
ELLE’s April 2017 issue hits newsstands March 22.