The actress said she could relate to Hathaway since she herself came under fire for putting on a Northern accent when she joined the ITV1 soap.
"I felt really sorry for Anne Hathaway," Collins told Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on This Morning
"It is fine [for me] now but it sort of means that I have to work twice as hard. I have a little Dictaphone and I have to sort of do everything into it and listen back all the time.
"I think it's about people getting used to you. People knew me and this whole thing that I'd come from EastEnders, which actually was 15 years ago, and they know me as a southerner."
Hathaway recently defended her accent after it was blasted by critics.
"Emma is from Leeds but has been at university, and then goes to London, so the accent is designed to change the way it does when you leave home, particularly in the UK," she said.
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