Anne Hathaway has a major request—stop referring to her as 'Anne.'
During a recent interview on The Tonight Show, the 38-year-old actress implored host Jimmy Fallon to call her Annie instead of Anne. “Call me Annie, everybody, everybody, call me Annie, please,” she said. “The only person who calls me Anne is my mother and she only does it when she’s really mad at me, like really mad,” Hathaway explained. “So every time I step out in public and someone calls my name, I think they’re going to yell at me.”
The reason Hathaway is publicly known by her formal first name, rather than her preferred nickname, is because of a decision she made at the beginning of her career. “When I was 14 years old, I did a commercial, and I had to get my SAG [Screen Actor's Guild] card and they asked me, ‘What do you want your name to be?’” she recalled. “And I was like, ‘Well, it should be my name. My name’s Anne Hathaway.’ So that seemed like the right choice, but it never occurred to me that for the rest of my life, people will call me Anne.”
Despite being known publicly as Anne for more than 20 years, Hathaway says she has never gotten used to it. “People are like, ‘Anne!’ And I’m like ‘What? What did I do?’ People are so lovely they don’t want to be presumptuous and so I think they come up with workarounds on set because the truth is nobody’s comfortable with calling me Anne ever. It doesn’t fit. I’m an Annie,” she told Fallon.
Hathaway shared some of the "workarounds" people have used to avoid calling her Anne, which include Miss H and Hath. Ultimately, though, she told Fallon and all the Tonight Show viewers to "feel free" to refer as "anything but Anne.”