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‘Not About Me’: Why Anne Hathaway Keeps Her Family Life Private

Photo from Anne Hathaway’s Instagram

‘Not About Me’: Why Anne Hathaway Keeps Her Family Life Private

By Movieguide® Contributor

Actress Anne Hathaway is explaining her decision to keep her sons out of the spotlight. 

“It’s something I feel is not just essential for my health – I’m on a team, it’s my family, and it’s not just about me,” the actress explained.

She shares two sons — Jonathan, 7, and Jack, 3 — with husband Adam Shulman.

“My family has needs, and one of the needs of children is that they need to be able to define their own lives,” Hathaway continued. “It doesn’t even occur to me to link the two up, except through gratitude that they serve each other so beautifully. But they serve each other through me, and not through a space that’s outside of myself.”

Hathway has previously said that having children “re-prioritized everything” when it comes to choosing projects. 

“It’s actually made me a bit choosier because something really has to be so excellent to spend time away from them because they’re so precious to me,” she said of her sons. “They’re the most sacred part of my life by a long shot. And then when I do accept something, it puts greater pressure on me to make it worth the time that I’ve spent away from them.”

When it comes to her high-profile career, Hathaway recently revealed that her sons don’t know what she does for a living. 

“Right now, my son thinks I’m a librarian and I work at a library,” she laughed. “So, I will let him know at a certain point that…I’m a different kind of storyteller.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Hathaway’s hopes for her children:

The actress also shared that she hopes her kids stay out of acting — at least until they’re adults. 

“I would probably take the same tack that my parents did with me, which is: You have all the time in the world to be a professional actor; you can only be a child once,” she shared.

“So I would encourage them to study, to go to classes, to read, but I would strongly discourage them from starting too young,” Hathaway concluded. “I think that they’ll be in a position where they’ll be able to go to college and figure out where they want to go from there.”

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

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