Anne Hathaway on what she learned from her mom, Kate McCauley

Anne Hathaway with her mom at the 2011 Academy AwardsAnne Hathaway‘s mom, Kate McCauley, was one of the highlights of last year’s Academy Awards. During Hathaway’s opening monologue with co-host James Franco, McCauley stood up and told the starlet, “Honey, stand up straight. Mr. Steven Speilberg is here. ”

Now, Hathaway has given us more information about her mom, “a stage actress who never got a break,” in The Sun’s oddly addictive “What My Mum Taught Me” column.

“My mother, Kate McCauley, taught me to have a sense of humor about [myself],” Hathaway tells the paper. “I have been in so many embarrassing situations over the years. I remember going to the ‘School Of Rock’ premiere and wore a dress I didn’t realize was see-through. I wasn’t wearing a bra … There was another time, on my first interviews after ‘The Princess Diaries,’ that I had no idea what to wear. I ran out to Banana Republic and bought a bright turquoise blue top. Unfortunately, because I was in a hot room, I had massive sweat stains. And I was wearing pink leather trousers. I looked like a 40-year-old hooker … But if you don’t look back and have a laugh at things like that, you really are taking yourself — and life — too seriously.”

Hathaway furthers that McCauley has helped her tame some of her Type A tendencies over the years.

Hathaway remembers, “When I was 16, I remember sobbing in the kitchen and my mom said, ‘What’s the matter?’ I said, ‘Tara Lipinski won a gold medal at 15. I am now 16. What do I have to show for it?’ My mom looked at dad and then said to me, ‘Maybe you are taking things a little bit too seriously?’”

Hathaway also says that McCauley taught her to be understanding of others. In her interview, the “Dark Knight Rises” actress extends that kindness to Lindsay Lohan, who also got her start in Disney films but struggled with drug addictions and legal woes as Hathaway went to college and got nominated for an Oscar.

“Thanks to Mom, I never sit in judgment,” explains Hathaway. “Lindsay Lohan and I have more in common than people think. We’ve all done things we shouldn’t. It is just that I did stuff at college when nobody knew about it. I’m not a saint. I wasted time doing self-destructive things. I found out you can only dance on so many table tops.”

And amen to that.

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