Anne Hathaway Joins Industry Protest, Leaves Vanity Fair Photoshoot Midway

Anne Hathaway walked out of a scheduled Vanity Fair cover shoot on Tuesday, leaving many in the industry perplexed. 

Sources exclusively informed Page Six that the Oscar-winning star took this action when members of her union, the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), participated in a one-day walkout in solidarity with unionized employees of media giant Condé Nast.

According to insiders, Hathaway arrived at the New York photoshoot on Tuesday morning and was in the process of hair and makeup when she abruptly decided to halt the entire session. 

It has been reported that the Vanity Fair shoot had initially received approval from the union, and all necessary precautions were taken to ensure compliance with union guidelines.

However, the situation took an unexpected turn when SAG-AFTRA members joined picketers from Condé Nast outside the publisher’s One World Trade Center headquarters as part of a larger work stoppage. 

Upon learning of this development, Hathaway, who was already engaged in the shoot, was contacted by SAG, leading to her decision to withdraw from the project.

Sources close to the shoot mentioned that the departure was not overly dramatic, but it did cause some confusion among those present. 

An insider familiar with the situation stated, “people were like, ‘WTF is happening?’” As word spread throughout the studio, it became clear that Hathaway’s decision was linked to the SAG-AFTRA solidarity move and the ongoing Condé Nast strike.

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Condé Nast Staffers Stage Walkout Amid Layoff Controversy

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Anne Hathaway walked out of a scheduled Vanity Fair cover shoot on Tuesday, leaving many in the industry perplexed.

Approximately 400 unionized staffers from Condé Nast publications such as Vogue, GQ, and Vanity Fair staged a walkout and picketed at One World Trade Center, alleging “unlawful bargaining tactics” after the company announced layoffs affecting about 5% of its workforce. 

The recent consolidation of the company’s music site Pitchfork into GQ further fueled tensions among employees.

Insiders involved in the Vanity Fair shoot asserted that meticulous attention was given to ensure adherence to union rules, emphasizing that “everything was above board.” 

Hathaway, after her unexpected exit, received support and praise from the striking workers who considered her a hero for aligning herself with their cause.

SAG-AFTRA took to social media, with its national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland releasing a statement expressing solidarity with Condé Nast workers. 

The statement read, “Condé Nast workers have the backing of SAG-AFTRA… We applaud these workers taking action to defend their livelihoods, and we encourage everyone to recognize the Condé Nast picket line and join us in supporting this promising new era of worker empowerment.”

The Vanity Fair photoshoot, now rescheduled for another day, has left representatives tight-lipped on the matter. 

Meanwhile, Hathaway’s recent appearance as a guest star on Broadway with Condé Nast figure Anna Wintour in “Gutenberg! The Musical!” adds another layer of intrigue to the unfolding events in the actress’s professional life.

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