Anne Hathway described the moment she “almost killed” her 12-month-old baby boy, Jonathan Rosebanks, when a trip to the playground in New York on 17 April went horribly wrong.
The 34-year-old actress detailed the heart-stopping moment during her appearance on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’.
“I took him to a park…and he loves swings,” Hathaway told Fallon. “And I noticed all these other kids were coming down the slide, and it looked like an unusual slide. Like, maybe it was built before they had child safety measures in place.
“It was gorgeous, and I noticed the kids weren’t going that fast, so I said, ‘OK, I’ll bring Johnny on.’”
“I [pulled my] skirt around me, and I put Johnny there, and we are going down the slide, and now the mums are watching. But what I hadn’t thought about was physics… So we just go around the corner, and instead of slowing down like the other kids, we speed up,” she said.
“It starts to go so fast, and all the moms are watching, and I’m so self-conscious.”
“As it speeds up, my thoughts slow down, and I just look ahead and I get very serious and very focused and just think, ‘I must stick this landing.'”
Luckily, she landed without injury, but admitted the experience left her “shaking on the inside”.
“And you know how it is when you’ve just almost killed your child but you didn’t? You’re shaking on the inside, you’re like, ‘Walk it off, walk it off, everything’s fine.’ And then we went back to the swings and stayed there forever.”
Hathaway and her husband, jewellery designer Adam Shulman, welcomed their first child, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, on 24 March 2016.