Amid the predictable set of cheaters, divas and serial daters, America's Sweetheart Anne Hathaway somehow managed to land on Star magazine's list of this year's most hated celebrities. The question is: why?
Unlike such obvious picks as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian (numbers 1 and 10, respectively), Hathaway is a talented actress who doesn't stage weddings to boost her TV ratings or write a lifestyle blog telling people how they can be cool like her. Nor is she known for home-wrecking or cheating, like LeAnn Rimes and Kristen Stewart, two other female celebs who also made the supermarket gossip magazine's most-hated list.
What's prompting the backlash against the "Devil Wears Prada" actress is that some people think she's a phony. There's even a name for people who intensely dislike the Brooklyn native -- Hathahaters -- a merciless mob of anti-fans who mock her every move.
Among the alleged crimes committed by the "Les Miserables" actress during this year's awards season was seeming surprised by winning the Golden Globe award for best supporting actress, despite the fact she had already won a truckload of trophies and plaques for the same role. One website described her decision to feign shock in her acceptance speech as going the "faux disbelief route."
As radio shock jock Howard Stern put it: "She's just so affected [and] actress-y that even when she wins an award she's out of breath, and then she has the standard joke that sounds like it's [been] written [for her]. And it all seems so scripted and acted."
The 30-year-old star also took heat for over-emoting in a post-Oscar interview when she was asked what "it" referred to when she said "It came true" in her Academy Award acceptance speech. In a choked-up voice that some saw as a sop to humility, Hathaway replied, "I had a dream, and it came true. And that can happen and that's wonderful.
It didn't help that the previous year Hathaway overcompensated for a barely conscious James Franco by acting like the Energizer Bunny on Red Bull when the two co-hosted the 2011 Academy Awards.
Of course, her fans could argue that her haters are jealous of the slender brunette with Bambi eyes and Audrey Hepburn cheekbones, a classic beauty who is not only smart and talented, but also very successful. One blogger considered this green-eyed monster theory and dismissed it. "Maybe I'm jealous," she wrote, "but I don't feel jealousy. I watch her in outtakes, and I feel like she's not a real person."
In an age of rubber cheese slices and so-called friends on Facebook, the negative reaction to Hathaway may just be a positive yearning for the real deal, someone like Hollywood's new "It Girl," Jennifer Lawrence, whose sparkly, self-effacing personality could be the diamond to Hathaway's cubic zirconium.
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