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Anne Hathaway Explains How Marriage Changed Her

There were no spells involved, but actress Anne Hathaway says marriage completely changed her outlook on life.

The Oscar winner, who married Adam Shulman in 2012, opened up to Elle in a new cover story about her drastic transformation, which started four years ago. “He changed my ability to be in the world comfortably,” the Princess Diaries star noted. “I think the accepted narrative now is that we, as women, don’t need anybody.”

However, Hathaway is challenging that notion. “But I need my husband,” she continued. “His unique and specific love has changed me.”

This isn’t the first time Hathaway has mentioned her emotional shift. In 2014, the Interstellar star told The Telegraph, “When we got married, I thought it was a great party. I honestly thought we were doing it more for tradition. I wasn’t prepared for the radical shift my heart was going to have.”

The couple got married in an intimate wedding ceremony off the coast of California’s famed Big Sur. Four years later, the pair welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Jonathan in 2016.

As a mother herself, Hathaway is currently advocating for paid parental leave. “I can’t believe we don’t already have it,” the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador reflected to Elle. “When [my son] Johnny was a week old and I was holding him and I was in the ninth level of ecstasy, I just all of a sudden thought, ‘Mommy guilt is invented nonsense.’ We’re encouraged to judge each other, but we should be turning our focus to the people and institutions who should be supporting us and currently aren’t.”


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