Anne Hathaway talks style, career and Oscar gowns in the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar

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“I found a dress, like a month before … It was the most beautiful, reflective, shimmery dress — rainbows were going to dance off me,” Hathaway remembers.

However, she found out that her Les Misérables costar Amanda Seyfried was set to wear a similar Alexander McQueen gown.

The night before the Oscars, “I didn’t have a friggin’ dress,” she said. “Which I normally wouldn’t care about. But I really needed a dress, and everybody hates me, and I just really needed a dress.”

When the pale pink Prada gown arrived the morning of the Academy Awards, she chose to go with it.

“I was like, ‘Wow! I can do this. It’s beautiful. It’s appropriate. It’s modern. It’s minimal.’ I look in the mirror, turn to [husband] Adam, and say, ‘It looks like my nipples are hard.’ He says, ‘You look beautiful. Your nipples look pointy. The red carpet’s about to close. We gotta go.’”

So what is her biggest red carpet risk? “I f—ing think that pink Oscar dress!” she said with a laugh. “Now that you know the backstory, that was by far in a way the most daring dress I have ever worn. It maybe didn’t look it, but that was it.”

With role models like Man Repeller‘s Leandra Medine and Tilda Swinton, the 31-year-old actress reveals she feels more confident about her style now.

“I am getting more daring now,” she told the mag. “I’ll wear my mom jeans in public that haven’t been tailored ‘just so’ yet, just because they feel good.”

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