Anne Hathaway calls wardrobe malfunction 'devastating'

Monday night should have been one of the happiest nights of Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway arrives on the red carpet for the World Premiere of 'Les Miserables' at a central London cinema in Leicester Square, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

(CBS) -- Monday night should have been one of the happiest nights of Anne Hathaway's professional career as her beloved Les Miserables was premiering in New York City, the musical's home for almost two decades.

But the night took a sour turn when a paparazzi caught the actress exiting her car in an awkward way, revealing she was not wearing any underwear.

This morning, Hathaway was asked about the incident on the Today show and she told Matt Lauer, "It was obviously an unfortunate incident [and] it kind of made me sad that we live in an age when someone takes a pic of you in a vulnerable moment and sells it rather than deletes it."

"I'm sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies unwilling participants," she added before finding a silver lining and bringing the experience back around to the project she's promoting.

"It makes me think about the character I play in Les Mis actually," Anne said. "She is someone who is forced to sell sex to benefit her child, so let's get back to Les Mis."

The actress also commented on the situation yesterday, telling Vanity Fair's Ingrid Sischy: "I was getting out of the car and my dress was so tight that I didn't realize it until I saw all the photographers' flashes. It was devastating. They saw everything. I might as well have lifted up my skirt for them."

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