James Franco recently opened up about his relationship with Anne Hathaway on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, saying that despite their widely-criticized 2011 Oscar hosting job, the pair had “made up.”
The “Spring Breakers” actor said he was “happy to revisit” the subject of his relationship with Hathaway while on the show March 25, but told the controversial host that he would have to “take the lead” and give his own opinions, because “[Hathaway] does not want me talking about this.”
When asked about his relationship with the Oscar-winner, he said they were friendly, but admitted that they haven’t “talked in a while.”
Franco and Hathaway were widely criticized for their performance as Oscar hosts, but Franco told Stern that he didn’t think Hathaway was mad at him for the largely negative reviews.
Stern went on to list the reasons why he disliked the “Les Miserables” star, who was widely criticized for appearing unauthentic during the award season, despite taking home several awards for her performance of Fantine, including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA award, and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Stern said Hathaway comes off like a “goody two-shoes” and is so “affected” and “actress-y” that it’s “sort of fun to hate her.” He described her acceptance speeches as “scripted” and “acted.”
While Franco said he wasn’t an expert on “Hatha-haters,” he conceded that such characteristics were maybe “what triggers” the criticism.
Hathaway’s often breathy and surprised manner when accepting awards for the Oscar-winning musical sparked serious backlash from critics, who found her off-putting and less-than genuine, and caused sites like The Huffington Post, New York Magazine and even CNN.com to run articles like “Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway;” “Why Do Women Hate Anne Hathaway (And Love Jennifer Lawrence);” and “Why You Love To Hate Anne Hathaway.”
While most critics panned her for not coming off as sincere (Richard Lawson of The Atlanta Wire told Hollywood.com that Hathaway seems to be always performing and her favorite act is “overstated humility and graciousness”) others, like psychology professor Terry Pettijohn, linked the widespread hatred to scientific factors; he told Salon.com that people prefer actresses with rounder faces when “times are good” because they convey the ideas of fun and youth. Still others suggested that there was no real reason behind the hatred of Hathaway; in the article “Why Do People Hate Anne Hathaway?” BuzzFeed featured a number of different tweets from Hatha-haters who proclaimed to dislike the actress because her face is “stupid,” or for “no reason” at all.
In an interview with Us Weekly, Hathaway admitted that the criticism bothered her, but said she tried to remember that there’s “a positive for every negative.”