Anne Hathaway has asked everyone to stop calling her ‘Anne’, instead prefers ‘Annie’
Anne Hathaway has made a surprising announcement about her name.
The Locked Down star, 38, told Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday that everyone has been calling her the wrong name for her whole career — adding that her first name “doesn’t fit” and no one in her personal life actually uses it.
“I’ve known you for a pretty long time now,” Fallon said to Hathaway. “I’ve heard people call you Annie, like your good friends. Do I call you Anne or Annie?”
The actress replied, “Call me Annie! Everybody, everybody, call me Annie — please!”
Hathaway explained that she professionally went by the name Anne at 14 but didn’t realise people would call her that “for the rest of her life.”
“They asked me, ‘What do you want your name to be?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, it should be my name. My name’s Anne Hathaway,'” Hathaway said. “And so that seemed like the right choice, but it never occurred to me that for the rest of my life people would call me Anne.”
“The only person who ever calls me Anne is my mother and she only does it when she’s really mad at me,” she continued. “So every time I step out in public and someone calls my name, I think they’re going to yell at me.
“People are so lovely, they don’t want to be presumptuous, and so they come up with workarounds on set because, the truth is, no one is comfortable calling me ‘Anne’ ever. It doesn’t fit. I’m an Annie. And so people call me ‘Miss H,’ people call me ‘Hath,’ so feel free to call me anything but Anne.”
The Princess Diaries star also opened up about her two sons — Jonathan, four, and Jack, one — who she shares with husband Adam Shulman.
“It’s been a lot, but those are good ages to be home with your kids,” she told Fallon. “Our four-year-old believes everything we tell him and that’s adorable as well as very useful.”
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