The holiday season is in full swing and when it’s cold outside the only thing I want to do is get warm and watch movies. So when we were invited to attend an advance screening of Jake Gyllenhaal’s and Anne Hathaway’s new movie, Love & Other Drugs, I was beyond thrilled. I mean any movie starring the handsome Jake Gyllenhaal is sure to get every woman excited but my excitement was immediately brought to a whole new level when, gasp, I found out Anne Hathaway would actually be at the screening to introduce the film. The reason she was there was simple—she was showing her support for the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation.
Now I have to explain, ever since I saw Anne decked out in Chanel in The Devil Wears Prada, she has been my ultimate style icon! I was ecstatic to catch a glimpse of what she would be wearing.. As she stepped out to discuss the film, she was dressed in a Ferragamo pleated leather skirt and Stella McCartney white blouse. Following the full skirt trend this season, she was the perfect example of how today’s fashion is taking modern minimalist approach! To complete the look, she wore Lanvin nude heels with a chain strap, a Catherine Angiel black diamond ring, and bright red lipstick. (Ironically, we were only able to catch a glimpse of her high fashion for several minutes, as her character was barely clothed for most of the film!)
Now having only seen Anne on the big screen, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in person. Well . . . that’s partially untrue. All I could really think about was her final speech in The Princess Diaries so I had high expectations for her public speaking skills. She did not disappoint. She spoke effortlessly, barely looking at her notes. She recalled her experiences playing Maggie, her character in Love & Other Drugs, who is diagnosed with stage-one Parkinson’s disease. She told stories of her time spent doing character research at a support group, and managed to bring humor and lightheartedness to a topic that affected the lives of so many of the people attending the screening.
In the final moments, before the movie began, she looked around the room and explained that she had met a man in one of the Parkinson’s support groups who said one of the things he missed most about himself was the ability to crinkle a piece of paper. She took a piece of paper in her hand, crinkled it, and said there will be a cure someday. Anne also mentioned how important this cause was to her. Her final message not only brought hope but awareness of this life-altering disease. —Lindsay Hahn
If you would like more information or to support this cause, visit the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation.