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Anne Hathaway Wants to Change the Narrative About Aging

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Anne Hathaway has come a long way from her beginnings as Mia Thermopolis, the would-be Princess of Chernovia in Disney's 2001 hit "The Princess Diaries." Now, as the White Queen in the May 27 release of "Alice Through the Looking Glass," the new mom has a lot to say about her film choices now that she has a child, as well as the need to change the old-fashioned Hollywood narrative of women losing power as they age.

The 33-year-old actress, who gave birth to baby boy Jonathan on March 24, acknowledges that her body of work is very family-friendly, but she also notes that it had nothing to do with thinking about her future children.

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"That's giving me a lot of credit as a mom. To think, when I was 17 years old, 'My kids are gonna watch this someday. I'm an exceptional mother.' I didn't think about that," she said at a recent press conference. "I'm proud of that in my body of work there are stories that allow families to experience them together. I can't say that I'm going to continue to make them because I have a child now. I just will hopefully continue to make them because I respond to them and seek challenges as an actress."

Hathaway also challenged the idea that women become weaker as they get older.

"I was bursting with pride to be in a movie that is taking the narrative back," said the Oscar-winning mom. "I invite all of us to stop the narrative of saying that women lose power as they get older. I don't feel it's happening as I get older, I feel I'm becoming way more powerful as I get older."

But, Hathaway adds, she can't do it alone.

"It's going to take everyone to stop using that language," she says, "and take the narrative back, the way Alice does."

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