Why Did Anne Hathaway Quit Drinking? Her Reason Might Surprise You

Anne Hathaway made waves a few months ago when she revealed she planned to give up alcohol — at least until her child is grown up. “I’m going to stop drinking while my son is living in my house,” the actress told Ellen during an appearance on her show in January.

Now, in an interview with British magazine Tatler, she explained that decision in more detail, saying that while she enjoys drinking, she’s not so fond of the after-effects.

She once had a five-day hangover

Anne Hathaway
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A long day of overindulgence pushed the 36-year-old star to start saying “no” to wine and other alcoholic drinks.

“My last hangover lasted for five days,” The Dark Knight Rises star recalled. “I’d earned it: it was a day drinking session with friends that went into an evening birthday party with one of my drinking buddies. I will never be that person who can nurse a glass of wine throughout an entire evening.”

When she talked with Ellen, she shared a story about having to drop her son off at school while still feeling the sting of the previous night’s celebration.

“I did one school run one day where I dropped him off at school; I wasn’t driving, but I was hung over and that was enough for me,” she said. “I didn’t love that one.”

But she says she still loves drinking

While Hathaway has given up drinking for the time being, she says it’s not because she doesn’t enjoy it. In fact, that’s exactly the problem.

“My issue is I just love it. So. Much,” she said. “But the way I do it makes me unavailable for my son.” Hathaway gave birth to her first child, Jonathan, in 2016. She has been married to Adam Shulman since 2002.

The actress, whose new movie The Hustle is in theaters May 10, has said she doesn’t think she has a problem with drinking, though — and she doesn’t think everyone needs to completely quit booze.

“I didn’t put [a drink] down because my drinking was a problem; I put it down because the way I drink leads me to have hangovers and those were the problem,” she told Boston Common. “When I’m at a stage in my life where there is enough space for me to have a hangover, I’ll start drinking again, but that won’t be until my kid is out of the house.”

“But, I just want to make this clear: Most people don’t have to do such an extreme thing,” she added. “I don’t think drinking is bad. It’s just the way I do it — which I personally think is really fun and awesome — is just not the kind of fun and awesome that goes with having a child for me. But this isn’t a moralistic stance.”

What’s next for Hathaway?

Earlier this year, Hathaway starred in the thriller Serenity opposite Matthew McConaughey. Next up is something completely different: The comedy The Hustle, a gender-swapped remake of 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Rebel Wilson co-stars.

This fall, she’ll star with Ben Affleck and Willem Dafoe in The Last Thing He Wanted, an adaptation of the Joan Didion novel that will be released in theaters and on Netflix. And she’ll play the Grand High Witch in a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches directed by Robert Zemeckis. Finally, she’ll appear with Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins in an as-yet-untitled movie from Carol director Todd Haynes about a DuPont chemical company scandal.

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