Anne Hathaway Talks About Falling for a Con Man

Former flame is doing time for defrauding investors

Anne Hathaway says falling for Italian con man Raffaello Follieri has left her less trusting when it comes to romance.

The 27-year-old Hollywood star told Vogue the romance gone wrong with the fraudster won't sour her on love for good, but she keeps her guard up.

“I’ve always believed in people’s capacity for goodness," the Brokeback Mountain actress said. "I still believe that people are good. What I’m not so trusting about anymore is their relationship to their own goodness.”

Hathaway and Follieri were together from 2004 until 2008, when he was arrested on fraud charges for posing as a Vatican real estate representative and fleecing investors out of millions of dollars. Follieri pleaded guilty and is serving a five-year prison term.

She's learned “to be more wary," she told the magazine. "It takes a minute for me to let my guard down, but once I do and I get to know someone, I’m very open, very trusting. Some might say too trusting, because considering the amount of money that can be made from selling gossip, I could be very easily taken advantage of.”

Hathaway is now dating a small-time actor named Adam Shulman, who she met through a mutual friend.

“We hit it off immediately, but it took us a pretty long time to get together,” Hathaway told the magazine. “He thought that I had a boyfriend, and I thought that he had a girlfriend, so I thought that I’d better keep my distance because I didn’t want to be that girl.” Once they figured out that neither of them was attached, Hathaway says, “things sped up a bit—and I think I’ll leave it at that.”

Hathaway, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Rachel Getting Married, will soon be seen in "Love and Other Drugs" alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. The film has her playing a dying woman with trust issues of her own. Hathaway said her breakup was on her mind when she was playing the part.

“Gosh, I hate talking about the breakup, because I don’t want it to define me, but as is to be expected, there were a lot of lingering trust issues," she said. “And I think that making a film about trust that required a great deal of trust—well, it was a challenge to get there.”

Selected Reading: Vogue, New York Daily News, IMDb.

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