Anne Hathaway Says Decision To Stop Drinking Isn’t ‘Moralistic’

Anne Hathaway isn’t drinking until her 3-year-old son Jonathan is of legal age. The 36-year-old actress covers Modern Luxury’s May issue, and inside, she opens up about her decision. 

“I didn’t put [a drink] down because my drinking was a problem; I put it down because the way I drink leads me to have hangovers and those were the problem. My last hangover lasted for five days,” she reveals. “When I’m at a stage in my life where there is enough space for me to have a hangover, I’ll start drinking again, but that won’t be until my kid is out of the house.”

Still, she doesn’t think all parents need to follow her lead. 

“I just want to make this clear: Most people don’t have to do such an extreme thing. I don’t think drinking is bad,” she says. “It’s just the way I do it — which I personally think is really fun and awesome — is just not the kind of fun and awesome that goes with having a child for me. But this isn’t a moralistic stance.”

Hathaway continues, saying she just wants to live a pain free life: “I’ve recently been on a streak where things are just starting to work, so I can share that with people, and they can take from it what resonates and ignore what doesn’t. I am not some relentless self-improver, but I am trying to learn to live in the world with as little pain as possible.”

ON THE HUSTLE

Hathaway can next be seen in The Hustle, with Rebel Wilson. The film is a remake of the 1998 Steve Martin classic, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and will follow two female scam artists who team up to take down men who have wronged them. 

“It was really hard not to break in front of her,” Hathaway admits of Wilson. “Rebel has this gift where she pulls comedy out of the air — I don’t know how else to describe it. She is quite reserved in real life, which I was surprised by. There’s an understated quality to her — she keeps herself like a coiled spring. When it comes time for comedy, it just all comes out.”

The Hustle hits theaters on May 10.