Anne Hathaway And Amanda Seyfried Show Us How To Handle An Office Feud
5:30 pm, March 5th | by Meredith Lepore
We finally finished awards season but the aftermath of the Oscars is still haunting us. It turns out that Anne Hathaway’s choice to wear that weird silky pink be-ribboned dress three hours before the ceremony was not just her being spontaneous. She had a plan to wear her favorite designer, Valentino (he designed her wedding dress,) but then she heard her Les Misèrables co-star Amanda Seyfried was wearing a very similar dress and as we all know, this was Anne’s night. So she opted for the pink Prada concoction instead. Because fashion and catfights are way more interesting than the budget sequester, this was classified as a huge feud by the press. Anne was accused of being a diva, slighting her stylist Rachel Zoe and making an Amanda Seyfried voodoo doll (not really (as far as we know)). But both actresses have handled this made up feud beautifully, and we think we can learn from them when it comes to our own professional conflicts.
After the news came out that Anne had switched from Valentino to Prada last minute she released a statement the next morning:
“It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involve to change my plans. Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honor of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”
Rumors emerged that Anne and Amanda were very mad at each other and couldn’t be in the same room, to which Amanda replied with a less formal albeit equally strong statement.
Both women should be commended, or maybe their publicists should, for handling the situations with aplomb. Anne Hathaway came forward and explained the situation in a calm, rationale way and apologized to the designer, just in case there was bad blood. Then Amanda delivered a quick, simple but strong message that assured everyone that all was well. They were respectful of everyone in the situation and presented themselves well. They survived a Hollywood trap — well done, girls.