Anne Hathaway dropped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where she talked about her first on-screen performance: a 1997 Better Homes and Gardens commercial, when she was just 14 years old. She described her looks then as “if a potato and a chipmunk had a baby.” In addition, Hathaway said, her performance was uneven because she was saving her A-game until someone told her the crew was shooting, but that never happened.
“So I didn’t know that we were actually making the commercial until three hours into shooting,” Hathaway said. “I was, like, saving it. I was like, ‘I want to be really good for when the cameras are actually rolling.’ And I thought they were moving the camera because they didn’t like the angle. It was bad.”
That awkward experience was well worth it. “That paid for my first year of college,” Hathaway said. “It ran for a very long time.”
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