Anne Hathaway Challenges Notion of Actors' 'Shelf Life' in Hollywood

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In a recent interview with US TV show Extra, acclaimed actress Anne Hathaway debunked the idea that actors have a predetermined "shelf life" in the entertainment industry. The 41-year-old star, known for her roles in films such as "The Princess Diaries" and "Les Misérables," spoke passionately about the value of individuals at any stage in their lives.

Hathaway, who won an Oscar for her role as Fantine in "Les Misérables" over a decade after her breakthrough in 2001's "The Princess Diaries," revealed that she was warned about her career facing a downturn before turning 40. Dismissing this notion, she expressed her belief that no era in one's life makes them more or less "valuable."

"The concept of human beings having a shelf life, there are eras in your life where you are somehow more valuable than other eras, I just don't believe that," she stated during the interview.

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In a recent interview with Porter magazine, the "Eileen" star opened up about her ongoing ambitions and dreams within her career. "I've always been really upfront about being an ambitious person. I have goals, I have dreams; they don't look much different than they did when I was [younger], but I'm still pursuing them," Hathaway declared.

Reflecting on her career trajectory, Hathaway acknowledged the positive evolution in the industry, especially for women. She emphasized the extended duration of women's careers, describing it as "fantastic." Despite expressing pride in the progress made, she also highlighted the persistent challenges within the entertainment sector.

"The thing that has evolved during [that time] is that more women are having careers deeper into their lives, which I think is fantastic. Obviously, it doesn't mean we should have a ticker tape parade - someone said this to me the other day, 'There's so much to be proud of and there's so much to fix,'" Hathaway explained.

As a mother of two with husband Adam Shulman, Hathaway concluded by emphasizing the importance of addressing and rectifying ongoing issues within the industry, signaling her commitment to contributing to positive changes for future generations of actors and actresses.

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