Fans won’t see Anne Hathaway sipping on a cocktail anytime soon. The star publicly announced she has quit drinking – at least until the year 2036.
On Monday the Oscar winner appeared on the Ellen and opened up about her decision to put down the booze for the sake of her two-year-old son.
“I quit drinking back in October, for 18 years,” she said. “I’m going to stop drinking while my son is in my house just because I don’t totally love the way I do it, and he’s getting to an age where he really does need me all the time in the mornings,” said Hathaway.
The 36-year-old and her husband, Adam Shulman, welcomed their son, Jonathan, in April 2016 and explained the moment she made her decision. “I did one school run one day where I dropped him off at school, I wasn’t driving, but I was hungover and that was enough for me. I didn’t love that one.”
“I Was Just Kinda Stumbling In”
Continuing on the subject, the Oceans Eleven star confessed there was another incident that made her realize she didn’t want to drink anymore: a night of partying with her Serenity costar, Matthew McConaughey and his wife, Camila Alves.
“We drank the night away, and then I had to go to a meeting with Steven Knight, our director. The next day, and I was just kind of – have you guys ever had to go to a meeting hungover?” she asked the audience. “I was just kinda stumbling in with one eye open.”
At the end of the meeting Hathaway confessed that she was hungover. Knight said he couldn’t tell, but the next time, he could. “Then two days later we had another meeting and I showed up and he said, ‘Oh, now I can,” Hathaway explained.
With anybody quitting alcohol, it can be challenging, Hathaway may be helping her future-self stay accountable. When you’ve said you’re done drinking on national television, people are going to remember that.
“Wine Mom” Culture
While Anne Hathaway isn’t the only celebrity that’s put down the bottle, there have been other A-List celebrities that have quit drinking. Blake Lively has never touched a drop of alcohol and actress Jada Pinkett Smith hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol since the early ’90s.
Recent statistics show that more and more moms are drinking wine like apple juice: An estimated 5.3 million women in the United States have risky drinking habits, and it’s estimated that one in four U.S. children has an alcoholic parent.
One of the hardest parts about coming out to the public about issues with alcohol is the feeling that you’re the only one. While the “wine mom” culture has exploded, we’ve seen memes, commercials, and internet fads about what so many see as humor can be a struggle for others. While Hathaway public announced her plan for a nearly two-decade abstinence, we’re hoping she shed a light and gave other Mom’s struggling with liquor some courage to share their own stories.