Anne Hathaway describes 'gross' audition where she had to kiss 10 men

Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway has described a "gross" past audition where she had to "make out" with 10 men.

The 41-year-old star described the experience which she said happened in the early 2000s as "a very different time".

She told V Magazine: "Back in the 2000s - and this did happen to me - it was considered normal to ask an actor to make out with other actors to test for chemistry, which is actually the worst way to do it.

"I was told, 'We have 10 guys coming today and you're cast. Aren't you excited to make out with all of them?' And I thought, 'Is there something wrong with me?' because I wasn't excited. I thought it sounded gross.

"And I was so young and terribly aware how easy it was to lose everything by being labelled 'difficult', so I just pretended I was excited and got on with it. It wasn't a power play, no one was trying to be awful or hurt me.

"It was just a very different time and now we know better."

Hathaway did not specify which film the audition was for or who any of the male actors were.

She compared the casting process with that of her upcoming romantic comedy The Idea Of You, in which she plays a 40-year-old single mum who becomes involved with a 24-year-old boy band singer.

"We asked each of the actors coming in to choose a song that they felt their character would love, that they would put on to get my character to dance, and then we'd do a short little [improvisation]", Hathaway said.

Describing the casting with 29-year-old British actor Nicholas Galitzine - who won the role - she said he chose a song by Alabama Shakes and the audition was "just easy".

She explained: "I heard [the lead singer of Alabama Shakes] Brittany's voice and I just started smiling. And he saw me smile, so he relaxed, and we just started dancing.

"Nobody was showing off. Nobody was trying to get the gig. We were just in a space dancing. I looked over and Michael Showalter, our director, was beaming. Spark!"

Galitzine has previously starred in Sky Atlantic's Mary & George opposite Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, Prime Video comedy Red, White & Royal Blue playing Prince Henry.

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Hathaway first made her name in 2001 after the release of the original The Princess Diaries film opposite Dame Julie Andrews. In the interview, she addressed rumours of a third film in the franchise.

"We're in a good place...That's all I can say. There's nothing to announce yet. But we're in a good place," she said.

The sequel to the original - The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement - came out three years after the first in 2004.

Hathaway also said "there's no hiding" the fact that she would love to appear on Broadway during her career.

"[Being on Broadway] was my first dream, you know? And so many amazing, extraordinary things have happened to me but not that one yet. It's a goal that is very, very much alive inside of me," she added.

The Idea Of You is streaming from Thursday 2 May on Prime Video.