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Anne Hathaway Uncomfortably Responds to Wardrobe Malfunction (VIDEO)

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On a press junket for her upcoming film "Les Miserables," Anne Hathaway was forced to address the grueling red carpet incident that happened on Monday at the film's New York premiere. As the actress, who opted to go commando for the evening, was exiting her car, she unknowingly flashed the paparazzi her exposed private area.

"Today" host Matt Lauer brashly brought up the topic with "I've seen a lot of you lately." The tactless statement seemed to have caught Hathaway off-guard.

Hathaway gave an awkward chuckle and said, "Sorry about that. I'd be happy to stay home. But, you know [I have to promote] the film."

"Let's just get it out of the way," Lauer persisted. "What's the lesson learned from something like that, other than keep smiling which you always do?" What Lauer probably considered as comforting, actually came off a bit uncomfortable. It's bad enough that the squeaky clean star has to address such an embarrassing moment on daytime TV. What's worse than a man questioning a woman about a wardrobe malfunction, especially if the malfunction involved the nether region?

Despite the awkward situation, the award-winning actress handled it perfectly: "Well, it was obviously an unfortunate incident ... It kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment, and rather than delete it and do the decent thing, sells it."

Hathaway then eloquently segued to the topic she was originally scheduled to speak on - "Les Miserables". She continued, "And I'm sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants, which brings us back to Les Mis, because that's what the character [Fantine] is. She is someone who is forced to sell sex to benefit her child because she has nothing and there's no social safety net so yeah-let's get back to Les Mis."

It's no surprise that Hathaway is suffering a painful embarrassment. In a recent interview with Glamour, the star opened up about her severe insecurities. "I just think about the ridicule you get if you have an off day. If people weren't watching, I'd be so much more eccentric," the actress confessed. "I know it makes me sound weak, but rather than make myself happy and wear the silly hat and say, 'Oh, I don't care,' I actually really don't feel like getting made fun of. So I put on something boring and navy and go out and try to disappear."

Watch Hathaway address her wardrobe malfunction in the video below:

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