Anne Hathaway has had a lot on her plate this year, co-hosting the Oscars, going nude for "Love and Other Drugs" and suiting up to play Catwoman, but one thing that is not weighing heavy is her relationship with actor Adam Shulman.
The 28-year-old actress opened up about her new relationship in the August issue of Harper's Bazaar, telling the magazine that it is "mellow," which is more than could be said about her last relationship to the now-incarcerated Raffaello Follieri.
"So far, it's worked out great," Hathaway told Harper's Bazaar, noting that she used to get caught up in the intensity of romance. "Which has its wonderful side, of course, but also it was exhausting, and sometimes it would freak me out. Mellow doesn't always make for a good story, but it makes for a good life."
Shulman is best known for his role as Deputy Enos Strate in the 2007 film, "The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning," a TV movie prequel which aired on ABC Family. He recently launched a jewelry line called James Banks Designs. The couple has been dating since November 2008.
Hathaway dated Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri between 2004 and 2008. He pleaded guilty to cheating investors out of millions of dollars by falsely claiming he had Vatican connections that enabled him to buy church property at a discount. He was sentenced to more than four years in prison in 2008. Jewelry that Follieri gave the actress was auctioned off by U.S. marshals.
"There's something very addictive about people pleasing," Hathaway told the magazine of her relationship with Follieri. "It's a thought pattern and a habit that feels really, really good until it becomes desperate. It's one of the reasons that relationship ended. I wasn't able to grow or foster anything. I think a lot of girls have that story. It's a big moment when you step away from that and say, 'I'm going to be exactly who I am. And I'm going to be brave enough to only be with someone who wants me the way I am.'"
In November 2010, Hathaway opened up about the Follieri ordeal to Vogue magazine. Asked to name her deal-breakers with men, Hathaway replied, "Uh ... fraud?" She can laugh about it now, but the actress admitted that the relationship took its toll and taught her to be "more wary."
"It takes a minute for me to let my guard down," Hathaway said. "But once I do and I get to know someone, I'm very open, very trusting. Some might say too trusting."
Hathaway said that shooting "Love and Other Drugs" opposite Jake Gyllenhaal helped her move forward. Trust is a theme of the film, and it forced Hathaway to confront the issue.
"I was a wreck from start to finish," Hathaway said. "I think I cried every single day."
Hathaway next appears in the romantic drama "One Day" opposite Jim Sturgess. In the film, which hits theaters on August 19, the actress speaks with a British accent. She will also appear in the next Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises" as Selina Kyle and her alter-ego Catwoman. The movie, which also stars Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is slated for release on July 20, 2012.