Anne Hathaway and Her Husband Adam Shulman Want to Have a 3rd Child But It’s ‘More Complicated’ Due to Their Infertility Journey

Anne Hathaway’s take on raising kids is different from most Hollywood stars. The Les Misérables star doesn’t push her two young sons into the spotlight, nor does she make their births major announcements. On the other hand, she avoids the intense privacy chosen by many celebrity parents, such as Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

Hathaway’s brood arrived with little fanfare; paparazzi photographers simply noticed a baby bump. But recently, she broke from her usual pattern. The Oscar winner divulged that she hopes for a third child if pregnancy challenges don’t make it too difficult. Here’s what we know about Hathaway, her husband Adam Shulman, and their infertility journey.

Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman already have two sons

Hathaway is married to producer, actor, and jewelry designer Adam Schulman. The two first met at a film festival in 2008, according to The Sun. “I’m going to marry that man,” The Princess Diaries star said of her instant connection with Schulman. “I knew from the second I met him that he was the love of my life.”

They wed in 2012 with a relatively small 150 guests in attendance. The couple regularly appears in public together, but they keep the details of their private lives, well, mostly private. While Hathaway is happy to answer questions about parenting, the couple’s two sons are rarely photographed.

Jonathan is five, and Jack is two. Beyond that, not too much is known about the boys outside of small offhand comments from their parents.

Anne Hathaway would like to have a third child if she can

Actress Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman smile during the opening night of Broadway musical "The Music Man"
Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman | ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Hathaway and Shulman are often asked about their children. One area where they are forthcoming involves their experience with infertility. It was apparently a difficult process to conceive their two children. The 39-year-old in particular took to her Instagram account to open up on the topic and help families with similar struggles feel less alone. 

During her press tour promoting WeCrashed, she’s been more open than before on the topic. “There’s this tendency to portray getting pregnant, having kids, in one light, as if it’s all positive,” she told the Wall Street Journal. But I know from my own experience … it’s so much more complicated than that.”

The show has Hathaway juggling both a starring role and executive producing, a new phase in her entertainment career. Balancing this with her home life is part of her explanation for being more forthright than usual about Jonathan and Jack. The Devil Wears Prada star says she’s learned to avoid feeling isolated as a parent by opting to “share the pain” of parenthood.

Hathaway won’t push her kids into acting

Hathaway also gave an insightful answer on how she would handle her children working as actors. She has no interest in pushing them to take on work as children, for starters. “You have all the time in the world to be a professional actor; you can only be a child once,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I would encourage them to study, to go to classes, to read, but I would strongly discourage them from starting too young.” 

So how long will she wait before encouraging any potential interest in the craft? She’s thinking when they hit college age, that would be the best moment for them to really decide. Until then, she’d rather see her boys develop their own interests outside of emulating their parents’ chosen professions.

That falls in line with most of her stated points of view on parenting. She puts enough thought into the idea of her kids being independent that she even makes subtle gestures to encourage it. She is known to kneel down to meet them at eye level so that they feel “empowered” even if they’re being lectured. 

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