In 2005, Hathaway played Jake Gyllenhaal’s wealthy cowboy wife in the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain. Her performance in the Ang Lee film proved that she had more to offer than princess-centric roles and became one of her best films. That same year, she appeared in another R-rated film, Havoc, although this is a film that general audiences seem to have forgotten.
The direct-to-DVD project focuses on wealthy Los Angeles teenagers who have fallen in love with the city’s thriving hip-hop scene. As they expose themselves to a less sheltered existence, they are exposed to gangsters and drugs, and find themselves in slum tourism. “Havoc” showcases a remarkable who’s who of the up-and-coming talent of the 2000s. Hathaway takes the lead as teenage Allison Lang entering an unknown world, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays her friend Sam and Channing Tatum has a brief role as another teenage character, Nick.
Havoc was released when Hathaway was in her early 20s, and in it she played a very different role from the one that originally made her famous. “My whole MO in my 20s was ‘be in as many different types of movies as possible,'” Hathaway revealed in 2015 (via Bustle). “It was hard to get into spaces to be taken seriously for non-princess roles… I think partly, so I tried to have as wide a range as I had.” largely forgotten upon release, though it remains a must-read for Hathaway purists wanting to see the star’s early non-princess roles. Despite mixed reviews, Rich Cline particularly praised Hathaway’s performance, noting how it marked a turning point in her “squeaky clean” persona.