Anne Jacqueline Hathaway
5' 8" (1.73 m)
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real (1999). She gained widespread recognition for her roles in The Princess Diaries (2001) and its 2004 sequel as a young girl who discovers she is a member of royalty, opposite Julie Andrews and Heather Matarazzo.
She also had a notable role in Nicholas Nickleby (2002) opposite Charlie Hunnam and Jamie Bell, and a starring role in Ella Enchanted (2004). A former top-ranking soprano in New York, Hathaway was reportedly a front-runner for the role of "Christine" in the 2004 The Phantom of the Opera (2004). However, due to scheduling conflicts with The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), she couldn't take the role, which was later given to newcomer Emmy Rossum.
Hathaway soon started to move away from family-friendly films. Following The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), she appeared topless in the films Havoc (2005) opposite Josh Peck and Brokeback Mountain (2005) opposite Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Her desire to break out of her "Princess Diaries" image parallels that of her one-time co-star, Julie Andrews, who went topless in the film S.O.B. (1981) in order to break away from the image she created from her 1960s musicals. In interviews, Hathaway said that doing family-friendly films didn't mean she was similar to their characters or mean she objected to appearing nude in other films.
First and only teenager admitted to the acting program at the award-winning The Barrow Group in New York. Three days before being cast in Get Real (1999), she performed in two concerts at Carnegie Hall as member of All- Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus.
Appeared at both 1999 Teen Choice Awards and 1999 Billboard Awards, introducing musical acts.
In his column "Just for Variety" published on October 25, 2000 in Daily Variety, columnist Army Archerd quotes Garry Marshall, the director of The Princess Diaries (2001): "The multi-talented Hathaway is a combination Julia Roberts, Audrey Hepburn and Judy Garland."
Goes by the name Annie with all of her friends.
She graduated from Millburn High School in New Jersey in June 2000 with the highest honors.
Daughter of stage actress Kate McCauley Hathaway.
Has the same name as William Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway.
Named one of People Magazine's 'Breakthrough Stars of 2001'.
Named one of Teen People Magazine's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 in its June 2002 issue.
Won the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance as "Lili" in the City Center Encores! production of "Carnival" (2002).
She was a vegetarian for most of her life, but she has recently ceased this.
Her father, Gerald T. Hathaway, is an attorney and her mother, Kate McCauley Hathaway, is a singer and actress.
She grew up in New Jersey, but loves being a Manhattanite for most of last seven years now, as demonstrated by her 2013 Oscar-night comments. On the red carpet she boasted wearing a Tiffany necklace as "a New York girl" should. And in her acceptance speech she thanked "my friends, especially the ones who are cheering from Crosby Street tonight," which is right near her very downtown Lower East Side apartment in the converted Avalon Bowery building.
Was majoring in English & minoring in Women's Studies at Vassar. Transferred to New York University in 2005.
Was nominated for the Paper Mill's "Rising Star Award" for the best high school performance by an actress in New Jersey
She was nominated for the 2002 Teens Choice Award in the Best Actress/ Comedy (The Princess Diaries (2001)) series category.
In 1998, was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the Paper Mill Playhouse "Rising Star Awards", an award given to high schools across New Jersey. Ironically, she was nominated for playing the Princess in "Once Upon A Mattress". To further the irony, she lost to a girl who was played the exact same role. The nomination ballot listed her as Annie Hathaway.
Parents, Gerald T. Hathaway and Kate McCauley Hathaway, attended La Salle University in Philadelphia during the 1970s, graduating one year apart.
Everyone knows that The Princess Diaries (2001) was her breakthrough role, but it is a little known fact that she auditioned for that part on her way to New Zealand to co-star in another film with Christopher Gorham. She reported to others on the set that she felt really good about the audition. Film-makers knew that she would be a big star, so the film in question, The Other Side of Heaven (2001), was delayed in post production and released after The Princess Diaries (2001) in order to capitalize on her stardom.
Was not available for role of Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) due to contractual obligation to Disney for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004).. The two movies had overlapping filming schedules.
Attended Wyoming School in Millburn, New Jersey.
Has stated that she would only appear nude/topless in a film if she felt it would add significance to it. She appeared topless for the first time in Havoc (2005) and then in the same year in Brokeback Mountain (2005).
Has a dog (chocolate Labrador) named Esmerelda, born July 2004.
Named one of Teen People Magazine's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 in its June 2006 issue for the second time. She was also on the list in 2002.
Was ranked #85 on FHM's sexiest women in the world list 2006.
In July 2006 she spent a week in Nicaragua helping vaccinate kids there against Hepatitis A. She called the experience "..an eye opener" for her.
Beat out Sienna Miller for the role of "Lureen Twist" in the movie Brokeback Mountain (2005).
Was very reluctant to take on the role of Jane Austen in Becoming Jane (2007) as she didn't think she would be suited for the role but Ang Lee, who was directing Anne in Brokeback Mountain (2005) (and who also directed Sense and Sensibility (1995)) persuaded her to take on the role.
Plans on finishing her degree from NYU someday.
Learning how to play the piano and working with a dialect coach for Becoming Jane (2007).
She is an honoree of women's empowerment organization the Step Up Women's Network and is also an advisor for the Lollipop Theater Network, that screens movies in hospitals for the terminally ill.
In 2004 received Chanel's Spotlight Award for Emerging Talent.
Has an older brother, Michael Hathaway, who is a writer and a younger brother, Tom Hathaway, who is an aspiring actor.
Named #85 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
She befriended Emily Blunt on the set of The Devil Wears Prada (2006). They are fast friends now, Emily calls Anne 'her rock'.
Favorite movies are Elizabeth (1998), Stand by Me (1986), Amélie (2001), Pretty Woman (1990) and City of God (2002) (City of God).
Favorite actors are Joaquin Phoenix and Ralph Fiennes.
After the release of The Princess Diaries (2001), Anne's hometown newspaper, The Item, printed an article comparing Anne to Greta Garbo because of the paper's inability to get an interview with Anne (who was busy making movies and living in LA at the time).
She grew up in Millburn Township, New Jersey, which is adjacent to the town of Summit, NJ, which is the birthplace of her The Devil Wears Prada (2006) co-star Meryl Streep. Meryl grew up in Bernardsville, NJ. It is also adjacent to Maplewood, NJ, which has Columbia High School that Zach Braff attended (as well as Grammy-winning artist and former Fugee Lauryn Hill), and Zach Braff's Scrubs (2001) co-star, John C. McGinley, attended Millburn High School - Anne's alma mater.
Ranked #80 on Askmen.com's 100 Most desirable Women in the World. (2006).
One of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the world. (2006).
Is a fan of Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, and Meryl Streep.
Her TV debut was in a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate commercial filmed in 1997 in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Left Raffaello Follieri days before he was arrested for wire fraud and money laundering. Follieri pled guilty in September 2008 to misappropriating $50 million in a Ponzi scheme involving properties owned by the Catholic Church, and may have defrauded investors, including Ron Burkle, of as much as $100 million. During its investigation of the case, the FBI seized Hathaway's diaries.
Greatly admires Ryan Gosling and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Was almost cast as Johanna in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), but Tim Burton wanted an unknown actress for the role, and newcomer Jayne Wisener got the role.
Named as one People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the world 2007.
Turned down the lead role in Knocked Up (2007).
Accidentally fell off of her chair during her audition for the role of the klutzy princess in The Princess Diaries (2001). She was hired on the spot.
Her father has Irish, English, German, and French ancestry. Her mother is of Irish descent.
Good friends with Sienna Miller, Emily Blunt and Heather Matarazzo.
Ranked #6 by InStyle magazine as one of the 10 most stylish stars in Hollywood (2007).
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#18). .
Announced as the new face of "Lancome" [January 1, 2008].
Ranked #63 on Askmen.com's 100 Most Desirable Women in the World. (2008).
Was ranked #3 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actress list. (2008).
Ranked #51 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008" supplement. (2008).
Suffered from depressions when she was a teenager.
Ranked #5 on Askmen.com's 100 Most Desirable Women in the World (2009).
One of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People 2009.
Ranked #2 on Glamour Magazine's Most Glamourous Women in the World list (2009).
For the movie The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Hathaway was told to gain 10 pounds (bringing her weight to 130) only to be told afterward that she would have to lose 10 pounds and they would pad her for the "fat scenes". After production, Hathaway was presented with the padding which she jokingly refers to as "Andy's ass".
Campaigned for the role of Stephanie Necrophuros in Nine (2009), but Kate Hudson was given the part instead.
Ranked 85 on Forbes Magazines 100 Most Powerful People. The magazine lists her earnings for 2008 at $7 million.
Voted #9 in FHM 100 Sexiest 2009.
Became a close friend of Julie White after they co-starred together this summer in William Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night" at the Delacorte Theatre in New York's Central Park [June 24, 2009].
Born at 9:00am-EST.
Her performance as "Kym" in Rachel Getting Married (2008) is ranked #20 in Paste Magazine's 25 Best Movie Performances of the Decade (2009).
One of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the world (2010).
Ranked #9 in the 2011 Ask Men top 99 "most desirable women" list.
Voted #7 on the 2011 Maxim list "Hot 100" women.
Announced her engagement to Adam Shulman, having been in a relationship with him since November 2008 [November 28, 2011].
One of British Vogue's Best Dressed women of 2011.
Named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year at Harvard University.
Friends with Jake Gyllenhaal Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Bradley Cooper.
(September 29, 2012) Married boyfriend of 3 years Adam Shulman in a Christian (her faith)/Jewish (his) midnight ceremony, wearing a gown designed by Valentino, before 100 guests in Big Sur, California following a 10 month-long engagement.
Named one of the "most desirable" women for 2013 in Askmen's list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
Is one of 8 actresses who have won an Academy Award for their performance in a musical. The others in chronological order are Rita Moreno, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Emma Stone.
Was ranked at #5 on Empire's The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars list (2013).
(January 8, 2014) Almost drowned when she nearly swept out to sea while vacationing in Oahu, Hawaii. She got caught up in a riptide, and while her husband, Adam Shulman, lay out of earshot on the beach, a fast-acting surfer came to her rescue. According the New York Post's Page Six, she began waving her arms and screaming as the waves engulfed her, catching the attention of the local man who ran down the beach to her aid with a boogie board.
Is a good friend with Les Misérables (2012) co-star Hugh Jackman. In fact he suggested Anne for the role of Fantine which later she won every major award for and thanked him in her speeches.
Was the 140th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Les Misérables (2012) at The Oscars (2013) on February 24, 2013.
Is one of 13 actresses to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich (2000), RenÃ©e Zellweger for Cold Mountain (2003), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006), Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008), Mo'Nique for Precious (2009), Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010), Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011), Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013), Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (2014) and Julianne Moore for Still Alice (2014).
Johnny Depp is one of her favorite actors. She worked with him on Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).
Is one of 27 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being Les Misérables (2012). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love for The Broadway Melody (1929), Grace Moore for One Night of Love (1934), Jean Hagen for Singin' in the Rain (1952), Marjorie Rambeau for Torch Song (1953), Dorothy Dandridge for Carmen Jones (1954), Deborah Kerr for The King and I (1956), Rita Moreno for West Side Story (1961), Gladys Cooper for My Fair Lady (1964)), Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), and Victor Victoria (1982), Debbie Reynolds for The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), Peggy Wood for The Sound of Music (1965), Carol Channing for Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Kay Medford for Funny Girl (1968), Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968), Liza Minnelli for Cabaret (1972), Ronee Blakley for Nashville (1975), Lily Tomlin for Nashville (1975), Ann-Margret for Tommy (1975), Lesley Ann Warren for Victor Victoria (1982), Amy Irving for Yentl (1983), Nicole Kidman for Moulin Rouge! (2001), Queen Latifah for Chicago (2002), Catherine Zeta-Jones for Chicago (2002), RenÃ©e Zellweger for Chicago (2002), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006), PenÃ©lope Cruz for Nine (2009), Meryl Streep for Into the Woods (2014), and Emma Stone for La La Land (2016).
Is one of 22 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of New York. The others are Alice Brady, Teresa Wright, Anne Revere, Celeste Holm, Claire Trevor, Judy Holliday, Shirley Booth, Susan Hayward, Patty Duke, Anne Bancroft, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Lee Grant, Beatrice Straight, Whoopi Goldberg, Mercedes Ruehl, Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Connelly and Melissa Leo.
LL Cool J called Anne Hathaway "stunning".
Did all of her own singing in Les Misérables (2012).
When she was a guest on Lip Sync Battle (2015), LL Cool J called her and Emily Blunt two of the most powerful stars of the big screen, as they face off in a Devil Wears Prada reunion battle.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a son named Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman on March 24, 2016. Child's father is her husband, Adam Shulman.
Was 5 months pregnant with her son Jonathan when she completed filming Colossal (2016).
Returned to work 7 months after giving birth to her son Jonathan to begin filming Ocean's 8 (2018).
Has worked with Helena Bonham Carter in 4 films: Alice in Wonderland (2010), Les Misérables (2012), Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), and Ocean's 8 (2018).
She has worked with 3 directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: Ang Lee, Jonathan Demme, and Tom Hooper.
Vibrant brown doe eyes
Often plays free-spirited women who attempt to remain independent but have difficulty doing so
I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. When do I feel my best? When I haven't looked in a mirror for days, and I'm doing things that make me happy.
Kindness is really important to me in finding my own prince - so are patience and a sense of humor. Without those qualities he's no Prince Charming!
[on avoiding the hard partying young-star life style] I really don't drink, I don't do drugs. I feel like right now I've been given so many opportunities I don't want to mess it up with those things ... I think I was raised in a solidly upper-middle class family who had really strong values and excess was not one of the things that my family put up with.
[on working with Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)] She is just divine. As a human being, she has basically accomplished everything that I want to do ... It's not that she just gets inside the character, she's just absolutely at the center of all of her choices, of the truth of the character.
[on her character "Lureen" in Brokeback Mountain (2005)] She can act sweet, but she's fundamentally a predator.
In Hollywood you have to be careful if you go above a six, then you're considered fat. I'm considered to be, I hope, an actress, and you can get away with a couple of extra pounds if you are trading on your talent instead of your sex appeal. I don't have time to be tortured about my weight.
Over the last few years I've learned that the Next Big Thing is something a lot of people wish and want for you - but what you wish for yourself is really important too.
[on the importance of a college education] College is such a unique time because you're learning a little bit how to be an adult. You're learning how to take care of yourself without parental influence, and you're exposed to so many great minds. I feel like I didn't even know how to think until I got to college.
I've worked with people and I've known people that were really competitive but I've always said that I take an Elizabeth Bennett philosophy of life - I laugh. I love my job but if it means hurting someone I won't do it.
[on Brokeback Mountain (2005)] I'm more proud of that film than anything I have created.
I got into this business to be an actress, to scare myself and force myself into a place outside of my comfort zone. I have nothing against The Princess Diaries (2001) - but it has been a brick wall at times for my career.
I disagree with a couple of the stances of the Catholic Church. My older brother is gay and it's important for me to be able to love him completely and freely and it's important for me to spread beliefs in the world that are not going to limit people in their love.I can't support a religion that doesn't support my brother.
Films are letting me get older, which is really nice, because there was always this fear of what happens when I stop being a teenager. But for everyone else, it was kind of a sharp left.
I think that fashion can be a lot of fun. I love clothes, but I recognize that it should only be a hobby. Some clothes that are more design-based look better on women with figures like wire hangers, because that's the nature of the design. I won't wear those clothes.
I'll be honest with you, it really, really, really annoys me, the image that's put out there for women. These tiny, tiny bodies, with absolutely no fat at all on them. It's unhealthy, plain and simple, and there are only a handful of women in the world who are naturally like that. It makes me sick.
I'm very choosy! It drives my agent nuts.
[her views on role models] ... it's not something that I have ever aspired to be or courted because I think the second that you say, "Oh, I am a role model and that's why I make the decisions that I make," you've kind of shot yourself in the foot. A role model is somebody that does things because of what they believe in regardless of what other people think.
I cry terribly easily. Just a minute ago, I was reading an article about Kate Winslet in Vogue, and I love her so much, I started crying, realizing how great she is and how far I have to go.
I've had directors say to me, 'You're the best actress for the role, but you've put on weight recently.' If people can't understand you've put on five pounds, I don't want to deal with them.
Obsessing about weight is a big old waste of time.
I love working and I feel satisfied when I know I have literally given all the energy that I have. That being said, work is not my No. 1 priority. I don't think it can come at the expense of your family, your friends and your 'significant other' if you have one.
I'm very aware of my own background. I'm Irish, French and then a little bit of everything else thrown in, ranging from German to native American. We're talking about tiny drops of blood.'
I spent a lot of time in the early part of my career staying within the same realm with a lot of my film choices. I don't regret that, considering that my first movie was ... a very popular film. So, all of a sudden, I had opportunities, I had attention, I had buzz and heat and all those things that people tell you you are supposed to work for and I didn't know if I could act.
[on performing love scenes with Steve Carell in Get Smart (2008)] Making out with him is like the yummiest lollipop. Dipped in sunshine. And wrapped around in a masculine wrapper.
[on the death of her Brokeback Mountain (2005) co-star Heath Ledger] That was tough. I hesitate to talk about Heath. He was special in so many ways. I can tell you that I feel I cared about him more than I actually knew him. It was devastating, and the people who were closest to him should talk about him in their own time.
[on dating actors] I try not to date where I work. It makes life easier.I don't say no to anybody because I'd hope that people wouldn't say no to me just because I'm an actor - but they'd have to be pretty extraordinary.
[about Meryl Streep who was in her category in Critics' Choice Awards 2009] I'm not going to win. I'm in a dramatic category with Meryl Streep. No contest.
I gave up my struggle with perfection a long time ago. That is a concept I don't find very interesting anymore. Everyone just wants to look good in the photographs. I think that is where some of the pressure comes from. Be happy. Be yourself, the day is about a lot more. If designers want to dress me then I am at the larger end of the Hollywood scale so they have to be fine with that. And I think what some designers do is if a dress doesn't fit you because it's been fitted to a size zero model they will remake the dress for you.
[on Love & Other Drugs (2010)] On the day I shot the scene where I have to remove my trench coat and be nude underneath, I thought we were filming, but it turned out we were just rehearsing and I got unnecessarily naked in front of a lot of people. But hey, I just did my job.
I think we are moving away from the idea there is one way to look. Oddly enough, the TV show Mad Men (2007) has done a huge and wonderful thing for women's bodies by showing what women used to naturally look like. We kind of forgot because women have been encouraged to manipulate their bodies for so many years to look like one ideal.
When my brother came out, we all felt like 'we love you and so what' - he was still Mike. It has since become a much bigger issue for us because when Mike wanted to marry his partner, he could only do it in Canada. Whatever your feelings about gay marriage, you have to accept that to ban it is discrimination, it's a human rights issue. No one can tell my brother he can't do anything and I will fight to my last breath to make sure he gets the same rights as me.
[on Love & Other Drugs (2010)] It was definitely out of my comfort zone and it required an extra little dose of courage every day. But I don't think there's anything wrong with nudity in films. I would go into my trailer and a make-up artist would put body make-up on me and then I would compulsively do sit-ups and push-ups until they needed me on set. But then we would do the sex scenes and afterwards we would just be Jake (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Annie chilling out. It was very innocent.
Ireland is such an amazing country, and I have this little dream in the back of my head that someday I'll end up living there. When I've established myself in America and I don't need to live near the action, so to speak, and if you're good, the work will come to you. I feel very Irish; maybe that's why I've been so lucky with my career. On my father's side, we have relatives all over Cork and Donegal.
[about how she chose to sing "I Dreamed a Dream" in Les Misérables (2012)] There seemed to be something selfish about trying to go for "the pretty version". She's devastated, she's literally at the bottom of a hole, looking up and realizing she's never going to climb out of this. So I just decided to apply the truth to the melody and then see what would happen.
Fantine is not just a character that lived centuries ago. Women are having sexual experiences for less than a dollar a day so their children can eat. There's someone like her a block from us right now. And that should be to our collective, mutual outrage and shame.
My feeling about growing up in New Jersey was, "How come I'm not in New York?"
I think that when actors are living very public lives, it affects your ability to get lost in their performances.
My favorite fashion is daring. I love it as an art form. I love it when people are able to interpret thoughts and feelings on fabric.
[on the forty-pound spacesuit she wears in Interstellar (2014)] The first time I put it on, I made up my mind that it's the favourite costume I've ever worn. It was the closest I ever felt to feeling like a kid at Hallowe'en, if you can stretch Hallowe'en out for several months.
[on Matthew McConaughey] Matthew is a top-quality human being - exactly who you'd want to be lost in space with. He is as down to duke it out in a tough scene as he is to mix the margaritas for the after-party. And you know, he is going to do both brilliantly.
[on Johnny Depp] -- I have a couple scenes with Johnny Depp. I wish I could be so cool about it and say, like, "Oh yeah, it's just Johnny." But I am such a huge fan. I felt really embarrassed. He would catch me staring at him and I would have to look up, but we were shooting on green screens so there was nothing to look at. I'd be like, "Oh, look a bit more green wall. Did you notice that? No? Good."
[after Emily Blunt called her performance cheap on an episode of Lip Sync Battle (2015)] To be fair, Emily knows cheap.
[describing her competitor, Emily Blunt, on an episode of Lip Sync Battle (2015)] She's so beautiful and has the most amazing body. That's what friendship is built on, just being happy for her (and then jabs a voodoo doll of Emily Blunt).
[after being told she looked armed and dangerous on an episode of Lip Sync Battle (2015)] I do. Good, then you believe me.
[LL Cool J] I wanna' hug him all the time.
[In 2015, when asked about her striking resemblance to George Clooney's wife, Amal Clooney, who is also a human rights attorney] I've never heard that! Thank you. That's like so gonna be the best thing to happen to me today. I hope that I become half the woman she is. She's so accomplished and it's so thrilling to look at someone and be like, "Wow. You really are making the world a better place".
[on accepting the real-life role of a goodwill ambassador] The United Nations reached out to me and and I was very interested. But it took us quite a while to figure out what my issue would be. Then life provided the answer: I got pregnant.