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Maturing before our eyes

Published June 24, 2006

NEW YORK - Anne Hathaway is growing up fast.

The 23-year-old actor, who got her big break as a klutzy teen in The Princess Diaries, opposite Julie Andrews, has graduated to serious roles. She was a feisty cowgirl in last year's Brokeback Mountain and stars alongside another acting luminary, Meryl Streep, in The Devil Wears Prada, slated for release Friday.

In Devil, based on Lauren Weisberger's bestselling book, Hathaway plays the beleaguered assistant to the icy, demanding editor (Streep) of a Vogue-like fashion magazine. Swept up in her career, her character goes from geek to chic but struggles with the price of success.

Hathaway says the movie is a "statement piece" about being a young woman in the work force and what it's like to "learn to make decisions as an adult."

She sat down to talk about working with Streep and making adult decisions of her own.

Have you ever had a job as an assistant?

I've honestly been really lucky. My only jobs have been babysitting and acting.

Did you ever dream you'd work with Meryl Streep?

Well, of course I dreamed, but you also dream about being president; the likelihood is slim. She is just divine. As a human being, she has basically accomplished everything that I want to do. ... It's not that she just gets inside the character, she's just absolutely at the center of all of her choices, of the truth of the character. And as an artist, that's what you dream of. Nothing can push her off that. The weather won't affect her, (or) silly things, like someone's cell phone going off. It won't make her lose focus in her character.

You've transitioned from family-friendly movies to more mature roles. What do you want to happen with your career?

I want to work with people that frighten me and excite me, and characters that I don't believe I'm the best person for the part but I'm still going to try anyway. Those are my favorite roles.

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