Tall, dark-haired, with an on-screen persona mixing naivete with determination, Hathaway is an eclectic actor with a nonetheless wholesome reputation that has proven difficult to shake. She is best known for her breakout role in 2001's The Princess Diaries, as an awkward teen who suddenly discovers she is royalty, and later in Ella Enchanted.
After a string of wildly successful (family-friendly) film credits, Hathaway made a conscious decision to shift toward darker roles. Her starring role in Rachel Getting Married is best emblematic of that phase, though those of the male persuasion would probably cite her...(ahem) 'raw' performance in Havoc, for which she earned critical acclaim. However, it was 2005's Brokeback Mountain which officially put Hathaway on the map, and buried her squeaky-clean resumé for good. That following year, she got to act alongside her idol, Meryl Streep, in The Devil Wears Prada.
Despite her relative youth, Hathaway has been very busy indeed. At the start of 2011, it was announced that she's been cast as Selina Kyle -- better known as Catwoman -- in Christopher Nolan's upcoming third Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.
- Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries (2001) - And its 2004 sequel.
- Madeline Brey in Nicholas Nickleby (2001)
- Elle of Frell in Ella Enchanted (2004)
- Lureen in Brokeback Mountain (2005)
- Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
- Agent 99 in Get Smart (2008)
- Kym in Rachel Getting Married (2008) [nominated for an Academy Award]
- Emma Allen in Bride Wars (2009)
- The White Queen in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010)
- Maggie Murdock in Love and Other Drugs (2010)
- Emma Morley in The Film of the Book of One Day (2011)
- Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
- Fantine in Les Misérables (2012)
She is associated with the following tropes:
- Awesome McCoolname: Has the same name as Shakespeare's wife, and that's not a pseudonym!
- Brainy Brunette
- Brooklyn Rage
- Brown Eyes
- Celebrity Voice Actor: Hoodwinked, the English-language dub of The Cat Returns, Rio, Family Guy and The Simpsons (and taking home an Emmy for one of her performances on the latter).
- Disney Princess: Her Star-Making Role.
- Girl Next Door: Became famous for playing these.
- Name's the Same: See Awesome McCoolname above.
- One of Us: If her Oprah interview is to be believed. She apparently was very enthusiastic about playing Catwoman.
- And her interview with Jon Stewart has her admit that she's a total Scrabble fanatic.
- Playing Against Type: In Rachel Getting Married.
- Raised Catholic: She originally wanted to be a nun.
- ↑ (she's been on both Family Guy and The Simpsons twice)