In the summer of 2008, Hathaway got called to play a lead role in director Peter Segal’s comedy film “Get Smart.” Based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, written by Mel Brooks, Hathaway said she was honored to get the call, and it felt like “a childhood dream come true” since she had always been a huge fan of Brooks.
For her role of Agent 99, Hathaway had to prepare by learning different dancing techniques and martial arts and even had an accident while filming a scene that ended up with her getting 15 stitches on her leg. Her and co-star Steve Carell played their roles to perfection, helping to make the movie a massive commercial success that grossed over $230 million.
Her First Nomination
By 2007, Hathaway had worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and proven herself to be a brilliant actress in any movie genre. In 2008, she received her first Academy Award nomination for ‘Best Actress’ for her riveting performance in Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married”.
The film follows Kym, a troubled young woman struggling with substance abuse who is released from rehab for a few days so she can attend her big sister’s wedding. Hathaway played the troubled Kym and did a stellar job at portraying the complexities and drama of family dynamics, especially when there’s a substance problem present. The film was lauded by critics and audiences alike.
Anne’s Debut on SNL
As the true mark of her career skyrocketing, Hathaway got invited to the hit comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live” in October of 2008. She did such an amazing job hosting the show that even the cast members were stunned at how funny she could be. “She was charming and hilarious and fit in like a glove,” said some of the cast.
Hathaway did sketches alongside Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, and others. The episode got rave reviews from critics, who were downright shocked that Hathaway could do comedy in such a natural manner. And it seems that this marked the beginning of a comedy genre streak for the actress.
The Rom-Coms Begin
At the beginning of 2009, Hathaway was cast as meek schoolteacher Emma Allan in “Bride Wars,” a romantic comedy that failed with critics but was a financial success. The film follows two childhood best friends who have been planning their weddings since they were little and then become terrible enemies after they schedule their wedding for the same date.
Playing alongside Kate Hudson, Hathaway did a great job at starring in a light-hearted rom-com, which she herself called “hideously commercial…gloriously so.” A year later, she played Liz, a receptionist who falls in love with a clerk in Gary Marshall’s romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day.”
A Voice-Over Star
Apart from her incomparable talents as an actress, Hathaway also proved herself to be brilliant at doing voice-over work. In fact, she won an Emmy for “Outstanding Voice-Over Performance” in 2010 for her job voicing Princess Penelope in “The Simpsons.”
For the legendary show’s tenth episode of its 21st season, “Once Upon a Time in Springfield,” Hathaway lent her voice to a new animated character and did an incredible job. Later, in 2010, she also did the voice for different characters on the hit animated TV show, “Family Guy,” and the character of Jewel, a macaw in the animated film “Rio.”