In the era of Instagram pregnancy announcements, it can easily seem like the journey to parenthood is a straight shot. But that simply isn’t the case, and Anne Hathaway is on a mission to change that narrative. The 36-year-old star recently announced her second pregnancy, but with it, took the opportunity to speak openly about her experience with infertility.
While promoting her new Amazon series Modern Love, Hathaway gushed about her happy news to Entertainment Tonight. She spoke about her and husband Adam Schulman wanting to give their three-year-old son Jonathan a sibling, saying, “I’m really happy it’s happening.” But the actress also opened up about her fertility struggle, referencing the line in her Instagram announcement where she noted: “it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies.”
Hathaway acknowledges that because social media is a highlight reel, it can appear that everyone’s lives are perfect. “There is a one-sided narrative to this,” she told ET. “I think there is a silence around the moments before that and they are not all happy, and in fact, a lot of them are quite painful. I think that pain is that these women feel like we’re the only ones going through it.”
“I just knew that somewhere my announcement was going to make somebody feel worse about themselves because,” Hathaway continued. “And it wouldn’t be their fault that that happened — you just can’t help it when you want something so bad and it feels like it’s happening to everyone else but you. And I just wanted that person to know that they’re included in my story too and that my story didn’t just have happy moments too.”