Anne Hathaway, the Oscar-winning actress, recently admitted that achieving fame was a difficult experience for her.

Anne Hathaway On Fame

"This fame thing? F–ked me up for a really long time," Hathaway told Elle U.K. "I didn't know how to do it; I didn't know how to engage with it; it stressed me out. And people would say, 'You just have to be yourself,' and I was like, 'But I don't know who that is yet!'"

The media attention on Hathaway reached an all-time high following her performance as Fantine in Tom Hooper's Les Miserables. Though Hathaway earned an Oscar for the performance, she also received a fair amount of criticism – which mostly consisted of personal attacks that had little to do with her acting chops. A couple years removed from the worst of it, Hathaway says she’s no longer troubled by others’ perceptions.

"I've realized that don't need validation from anybody. At all," she told the interviewer. "I'm not sitting here now worrying, 'What do you think of me?' With all due respect, you seem like a lovely lady, but I don't need you, or anyone else, to like me. And that's so liberating. It's a big relief, man."

After a quiet 2013, Hathaway will be returning to the silver screen in a big way in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar opposite Matthew McConaughey. While Hathaway previously worked with Nolan in The Dark Night Rises, this was her first experience working with the ever-philosophical McConaughey.

"The man speaks in poetry," she says of McConaughey. "I remember once while we were filming, something got screwed up, and he said to me: 'Look, we can get upset about this, or we can go with it and have a great story for the rest of our lives.'"

Following Interstellar, Hathaway will appear in The Intern opposite Robert DeNiro in 2015 and the Alice in Wonderland sequel in 2016, in which she’s reprising her role as the White Queen.

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