August 22, 2007
If you watch cable TV, or see magazines at the supermarket, you would think all women in Hollywood are on drugs and change men more than they change clothes.
That’s why it was nice to read a story about four young actresses who reject the lifestyle of Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan. They are Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johanson, Rachel Bilson and Natalie Portman.
I first saw Anne Hathaway in a Broadway musical when she was nineteen and was immediately taken by her charm and personality. Then she was in “The Princess Diaries” with Julie Andrews and “The Devil Wears Prada” with Meryl Streep. I can’t speak to her spiritual or moral life, but I did like what she told Diane sawyer about choosing not to behave badly: “I removed myself from the public eye, because I feel a really strong responsibility to my family… I don’t want my godmother to call me and feel like I’ve disappointed her.”
Who thinks like that today in our pleasure-oriented, me-first culture? How many young women, or teenagers, do you know who behave well so as to please their parents? Anne Hathaway has my admiration.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.