“I’m his and he’s mine.” There’s not a doubt in Anne Hathaway’s mind when she says this, because the one thing that has changed her life the most is the love of her wonderful husband, Adam Shulman.
After being together for about a decade, the 36-year-old actress can’t imagine a life without him.
“I am a different human being than I was then,” the actress said when an interviewer for Elle pointed out how much her “instantly arresting” self-possession has changed over the years. So much of her change, she credits to her husband, who’s also an actor, producer, and jewelry designer.
Hathaway added, “He changed my ability to be in the world comfortably,” she says. “I think the accepted narrative now is that we, as women, don’t need anybody. But I need my husband. His unique and specific love has changed me.'”
The inseparable couple met not long after Hathaway had her heart broken by Raffaello Follieri, who landed behind bars for embezzlement. While the wounds still fresh, she met Shulman at the Palm Springs Film Festival through a mutual friend, according to Harper’s Bazaar. They both felt the connection almost instantly and Hathaway told her friend at the time, “I’m going to marry that man.”
The timing couldn’t have been worse though, because the FBI were still investigating Follieri’s fraudulent behavior and it was also around the time when they had taken away all the jewelry that Follieri had given Hathaway.
“I was just very honest with him. I knew from the second I met him that he was the love of my life. I also knew that I couldn’t have met him at a worse time…,” she said. “I took my trust out for a ridiculous joyride with him. [I told him,] ‘I believe, because I need to believe, that what just happened to me was the exception and not the rule, and that people are good and you are a good person, because I feel it. And so I am not in a good place right now, but I’m going with this.’ And he has never hurt me.”
Not only did Shulman earn her trust, but he also restored her faith in marriage. After they began dating in 2008, the couple decided to tie the knot in September 2012. “I feel like I’ve found my other half, and I’m so excited about getting to love him for the rest of our lives,” she told Glamour. “…I would never have gotten married if it weren’t for him. You have to want to be married to someone. You have to feel that reciprocated. Marriage for marriage’s sake doesn’t make any sense to me, and I found someone with whom I could put my money where my mouth is, I guess.”
The one thing that Hathaway cannot do is hide the love she has for her husband in public. “He walks into a room, and I light up, I can’t help it,” she said. Although extremely romantic, it became a problem for her when she was shooting for Les Misérables. Shulman was banned from entering the room because his presence was distracting her from being “sad” for the character. “A few days into it I said, ‘I’m having too much fun, I just want to play with you and I need to be really sad right now’.”
Knowing that he’s the perfect fit for her, she said, “He’s a good man. He’s beyond intelligent. He loves fearlessly. His beliefs are beautiful. He’s my best friend. I love him. I just feel that I have the greatest husband in the world for me.”
The two have a son together, named Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, and Hathaway had also announced that they were expecting their second child together, as reported by Marie Claire.
When she talked about how much marriage changed her, she said on the Today show, as quoted by AZ Central “…something shifts and I don’t know what it is. And I didn’t realize I was keeping a part of myself protected and it’s kind of all on the line now. I’m his and he’s mine.”
The happiest that Hathaway feels is when she’s with her husband and said, “I’m really lucky, I’m in a happy marriage. I feel like he’s my home. When he and I and the dogs are all together I’m like, OK, this is my home.”