Back when the first photos from the set of “Les Miserables” emerged online, there was a lot of talk about how Anne Hathaway was basically starving herself for the role of Fantine. In her latest Vogue interview, Anne pretty much confirms it.This is the first time that the actress officially talks about the drastic diet she went on in order to play the character, one that is believed will get her her first Oscar, if she’s lucky and plays all her cards right.
Before she auditioned for the role, Anne reveals, she went on a cleanse diet and lost 10 pounds (4.5 kg) right from the get-go.
However, she was just getting started: to play Fantine later in the movie, sickly and starved, the actress continued with her weight loss plan, eating just “two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day.”
“I had to be obsessive about it – the idea was to look near death,” she says, explaining her action.
That’s not to say though that she doesn’t realize that she was putting her health at risk.
“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,” Hathaway explains.
In the end, it all worked out for her. In fact, the star muses, things worked out so wonderfully that she literally knew within seconds after leaving the first audition that she’d gotten the part.
“I knew that someone was going to have to go in there and do something pretty special to unseat me,” she tells the mag.
“Sometimes you leave a room and you feel like maybe you’ve left the door open a crack. This time, I knew that I had slammed it shut behind me,” Anne adds with a smile.
In the same Vogue interview, the stunner also talks about her short hairstyle, also a consequence of starring in “Les Miserables,” her wedding, plans to start a family and what it was like to hear Barack Obama say she was one of the best things about “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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