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Anne Hathaway Shines in Sequined Elegance at SXSW Premiere of "The Idea of You

Anne Hathaway Shines in Sequined Elegance at SXSW Premiere of "The Idea of You
Anne Hathaway. PHOTO: CHRIS SAUCEDO/SXSW CONFERENCE & FESTIVALS VIA GETTY

Austin, TX – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival's red carpet was a shimmering runway of stars this Saturday, but none sparkled quite like Anne Hathaway.

The Academy Award-winning actress graced the premiere of her latest film, "The Idea of You," in a dazzling silver minidress that captured the flash of cameras and the gaze of onlookers.

Hathaway's choice of attire, a sequined minidress with geometric accents, was not just a fashion statement but a reflection of her character's vibrant journey in the film.

Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine. DANIEL BOCZARSKI/GETTY

The dress, which she paired with simple jewelry and platform peep-toe heels, seemed to mirror the transformative experience of her character, Solène, a 40-year-old woman who finds herself in a whirlwind romance with a younger man.

The premiere, held at the renowned Paramount Theater in Austin, was the talk of the festival, with fans and critics alike praising the film's heartfelt performances and dynamic storytelling. Hathaway, alongside her co-star Nicholas Galitzine, who plays the 24-year-old boy band singer Hayes, shared a chemistry that attendees described as "spiritual."

In an emotional moment during the post-screening Q&A, Hathaway was moved to tears by the audience's enthusiastic response. "I can't talk," she said, her voice breaking. "I love you so much.

You have no idea the gift that you’ve just given us with your responsiveness, by being so connected to every little nuance in this. I will never forget this screening.

"The film, directed by Michael Showalter and based on the novel by Robinne Lee, explores themes of love, age, and the courage to embrace life's unexpected turns. Showalter, known for his work on "The Big Sick" and "Hello, My Name Is Doris," spoke about the intention behind the film's pivotal moments.

"A big part of this movie is earning it," he explained. "You want to really feel like these two people have shared and gone there with each other to where once that kiss happens, it's earned and there's nothing left to say."

Gabrielle Union, who joined the project as a producer after being captivated by Lee's novel, expressed her excitement about bringing the story to the screen. "It's a narrative that resonates with so many of us, about finding love and self-discovery at any stage of life," she said.

"The Idea of You" is set to stream on Prime Video starting May 2, promising to deliver a story that is as much about the idea of love as it is about the love of ideas. As Hathaway's character Solène discovers, it's never too late to redefine oneself and to chase the sparks that life offers, no matter how unexpected the direction they may lead.