Anne Hathaway on her 'Les Miserables' weight loss: 'It was definitely a break with reality'
Anne Hathaway is all about charming us this year. She charmed us over the weekend on "Saturday Night Live," she charmed us over the summer as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises," and she's slated to charm us -- and Oscar voters -- during next month's "Les Miserables." Well, prepared to be charmed by the 30-year-old actress yet again (today's her birthday!) during the December issue of Vogue.
The lengthy cover story touches on everything from Hathaway's new pixie cut to her ultra-slim, post-"Les Miz" figure to her new husband. She promises that she and Adam Shulman have "true love -- the full-on romantic, till-death-do-us-part real deal" and said she couldn't have pulled off her portrayal of Fantine in "Les Miz" without his support.
"I was in such a state of deprivation -- physical and emotional. When I got home, I couldn't react to the chaos of the world without being overwhelmed," she tells Vogue. "It took me weeks till I felt like myself again. The first time I really threw everything into a part, which was when I did 'Rachel Getting Married,' there was no one waiting for me when I got back. This time, Adam was there. He gets what I do and who I am and supports me in it, and that's pretty awesome."
Hathaway famously dropped 25 pounds from her already slim frame for the role, losing 10 pounds from a cleanse and another 15 over two weeks by going on a "near-starvation diet" where she only ate two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day. It was hard for the actress, but she says it was well worth it.
"I had to be obsessive about it -- the idea was to look near death," she recalls. "Looking back on the whole experience -- and I don't judge it in any way -- it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that's who Fantine is anyway."
And it likely will pay off. Hathaway has been getting Oscar buzz ever since the "Les Miserables" trailer debuted, but her costar, Hugh Jackman, claims he knew she'd be up for an Academy Award from the second he heard her sing.
"After Annie's first day of rehearsal, I said to [director] Tom [Hooper], 'You can just turn the camera on, digitally remove the script from her hands, and she's going to win the Academy Award,'" he says.
"Les Miserables" hits theaters on Christmas Day.