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Anne Hathaway explains ‘unevenness’ in her first on-camera performance

Anne Hathaway dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where she talked about her first ever on-screen performance, a 1997 Better Homes and Gardens commercial she got when she was just 14 years old. She described her looks at 14 as “if a potato and a chipmunk had a baby,” and she described her performance as uneven. The performance was uneven because, according to Hathaway, she was expecting someone to tell her they were shooting, but never happened, so she was saving her A-game.

“So I didn’t know that we were actually making the commercial until three hours into shooting,” Hathaway said. “I was, like, saving it. I was like, ‘I want to be really good for when the cameras are actually rolling.’ And I thought they were moving the camera because they didn't like the angle. It was bad.”

That awkward experience was well worth it. “That paid for my first year of college,” Hathaway said. “It ran for a very long time.”