The actress, who now stars in the dark comedy "Colossal", revealed in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday that internalized misogyny affected the way she interacted with female directors in the past.
"I really regret not trusting her more easily", she said. "I have in the past focused on what's wrong with it", she said.
The actor added that, despite her embarrassment, it seemed important that the subject be raised.
Anne Hathaway is coming clean about one form of Hollywood sexism that nobody talks about: internalized misogyny. "I'm scared that I didn't give her everything that she needed or I was resisting her on some level".
"When I get scripts to be directed by women".
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The Les Miserables actress worked with the Danish director, whose films include An Education and Their Finest, on the 2011 film adaptation of the popular David Nicholls book.
In hindsight, Hathaway said it's something that likely impacted not only her relationship with Scherfig, but also how she's viewed other work written or directed by women. "It's something that I've thought a lot about in terms of when I get scripts to be directed by women". "And when I see a first film directed by a man, I focus on what's right with it". "I can only acknowledge that I've done that and I don't want to do that anymore. And I still had this mindset buried in there somewhere". "It's not equal", she said. 'It feels like a confession, but I think it's something we should talk about'. They get fewer opportunities to take their shot at top-grossing films and less leeway for their films to be well-received.
In a recent interview, however, the 34-year-old actress opened up about a misogynistic experience with a film director and it turns out the misogyny came from Anne herself. Honestly, it isn't easy for anyone to do, no matter their career.
"At the time, I was so deeply afraid of causing drama - lest I end up fired like Shannen [Doherty] - I didn't speak up for her as I should have", she continued.
In response to ABC's request for a comment, a spokesperson for Scherfig said the director "is deep in pre-production of her next film and is consumed by it".