How Anne Hathaway lost 25 pounds for 'Les Mis'
November 12th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

How Anne Hathaway lost 25 pounds for 'Les Mis'

As she celebrates her 30th birthday Monday, Anne Hathaway's feeling pretty satisfied.

She may be 25 pounds lighter and without a cascading mane - with hair and body fat being two things she shed for her role in Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables" - but she's married her "true love," Adam Shulman, and is set to premiere Christmas Day in the role of her dreams with "Les Mis."

Hathaway and Shulman, 31, wed in September in Big Sur, California, after dating for three years. And when she says "true love," the actress tells Vogue in its new issue, she means it: "the full-on romantic, till-death-do-us-part real deal."

The interview was conducted before her November 12 birthday, but Hathaway was already easing into the big 3-0 with glee.

"I’m turning 30, and - I hope this isn’t obnoxious to say - I feel prettier, and much more myself," she says. "I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now.”

It's a good thing she was able to adopt that outlook, because playing the role of Fantine in "Les Mis" demanded that the actress first drop 10 pounds, and then another 15 in two weeks with what Vogue describes as a "near-starvation diet" made up of "two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste" per day.

That's serious dedication, but there weren't other options, Hathaway explained.

"I had to be obsessive about it - the idea was to look near death,” she tells the magazine. “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.”

As one can imagine, that devotion to becoming her character did leave Hathaway with some reality re-entry issues.

"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. It took me weeks till I felt like myself again," Hathaway says. But that's where her now-husband stepped in.

"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," she recalls. "He gets what I do and who I am and supports me in it, and that’s pretty awesome.”

They just tied the knot, but the 30-year-old knows she wants kids.

"I want to be a mother, and I anticipate loving my children quite fiercely," she says. "I think about it all the time, though it’s a silly thing to think about because the kind of mother I’ll be depends on the kind of children I have. I can’t wait to meet them.”


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  1. mindcrime

    Just goes to show, it's as easy as putting down the fork, ladies.

    Hope you take the hint.

    December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. amanda

    she needd to lose 20lbs anyway.

    December 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Karen

    I'm really shocked that the movie's producers would allow her to lose that much weight. There are many things they could have done to make her look emaciated. Using make up to make her face look shallow as well as larger clothes so they appear to be hanging on her would probably have worked just fine.

    December 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. don't be negative this is the

    season of love and happiness....

    December 5, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Adrienne

    She stated that the kind of mother she becomes is dependent upon the type of children she ends up having. This is very insightful, especially for someone without children yet.

    November 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ALAN FISCHER

    i NEED TO LOSE 10-LBS

    November 24, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. nono

    How can the supposedly 31 year old Anne Hathaway be celebrating her 30th birthday?

    November 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gahh

    If I had a wife making millions of dollars from one movie, I'd be there and be very very supportive too. This man ain't to dumb.

    November 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jj

    I'd guess she is getting at least $10M to play this role. I'm sure most of us would volunteer to be locked in a cage until we lost that weight, for less! Of course, most of us un-svelt could lose 25# just by skipping one nightly snack...
    I'm sure a doctor, nutritionist, and a staff of trainers and assistants came with the diet. Models, actors, athletes and other pros starve themselves all the time. Mostly they just need the motivation.

    November 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. he stays drunk (t) thats the only way

    to deal with that mess

    November 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jamesnyc

    I get so concerned about actors who feel the need to deprive themselves of food and/or safe nutrition for a freakin' movie role.
    I have been seriously underweight before – dropped from muscular 165 to 145 and lower counting my ribs all the way up and having my head be look 25% larger than the rest of my body, not for a role just for being brutally underfinanced my 1st years in NYC.
    It messes with your head, how you feel and how your body reacts to things.
    To me, Bale has done this and others besides Hathaway. It is dangerous and frankly it sets a dangerous example of an "acceptable" reason for being severely underweight.
    If they can invent a camera that can turn its actors into blue aliens with tails, you'd think they could come up with one that doesn't make an actor look 10 pounds heavier.

    November 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • horsefoxfish

      Its all about you isn't it.

      November 15, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • no you isn't either

      your number 3 or 4 from what we hear

      November 18, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Kacey

      @Jamesnyc, it's called method acting and it helps produce some of the best movie performances, so as long as they go back to being healthy after the movie is over, I think it is their right to do what they need to do in order to give their best performance.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. If your real good...

    i'll show you how we got it...

    November 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tommy

    when i trust you i will show exactlly what i have –

    November 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ann Hathaway is fantastic.

    -

    November 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. There are 7 laptops watching you

    your in 3–now stfu

    November 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. where you are now is a trap

    you understand you've done nothing but hurt yourself–your not hurting because i'm going out tonight

    November 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cray Cray Monitor

      We've just applied the crazy tag to your ear. Now we just need to shave your head. Then everyone can see you coming.

      December 5, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  17. stfu

    your not in anything - do you understand what we did to you.

    November 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cray Cray Monitor

      It's a busy morning for crazies. We've just applied the crazy tag to your ear. Now we just need to shave your head. Then everyone can see you coming.

      December 5, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  18. 'more satisfied with less'

    'I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now' this coming from someone who is independently wealthy is offensive

    November 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. we will always be there for Louie....

    and so will his other friends...he's a wonderful guy who was misread by alot of people and we will continue to give him respect when we see him at all times...i will make it a point now of saying hello when he is there and i will make sure all the girls make it a point of saying hello to louie....

    November 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Spiegel [Spiegel@m.spiegel.com]

    she is a little thin..she will gain al lthe weight back

    November 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  21. gina

    she needs to eat something

    November 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Rebbeca

    SHE ALWAYS LOOKS "NEAR DEATH" !!! She only wieghed 25lbs already??? Eat something for gods sakes!!!

    November 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. NoWay

    the actress will make sure it does not flop.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  24. redboxer

    Ah who cares, this film is being released smack dab in the middle of a bunch of better or in some cases more popular movies (not necessarily better). It may be well acted and there may be a lot of popular celebs in it but that doesn't mean it isn't going to flop relative to the others coming out. All of this and i'll get it on redbox for 1 dollar.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jasi

    Wow. Amazing how people slam female actresses for losing weight for a part. Did anyone give Tom Hanks crap for his scary "Castaway" diet? Whatev!

    But someone answer me this.. what the heck is "thin squares of oatmeal paste" anyway? Are they talking about granola thins? Cos those things are good. I would diet for those, for sure.

    November 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brimstone

      Ummm, yes people DO give male actors crap for their ridiculous weight gain/weight loss diets for movie roles...

      November 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  26. nah

    whatever with the first 1/2–second 1/2 is caring and tapering off.

    November 13, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  27. fsjunkie

    If you're a straight male, you have to see Hathaway in the first half of "Love and Other Drugs". The second half is all chick flick though....

    November 13, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  28. georgous gal.

    a little too think but audry was a very thin woman and had a wonderful lover for man years.

    November 13, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • gorgeousgeorge

      You're drunk gorgeous, go home.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nope!

      tuna on whole wheat, pellegrino, and now water.......not an ounce of liquor

      November 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're twisted

      gorgeous gal, eat more, darling. Something's wrong with thinking she's a little thick.

      November 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  29. gabi

    Can't wait to see the movie. Anne Hathaway will be great.

    November 13, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  30. she is a not hippo that's for sure

    :)

    November 13, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  31. Clara

    15lbs in 2 two weeks???? I've been working on the same 10lbs for years now (LOL)

    I don't think this is good for the body but whatever makes the girl a buck!

    November 13, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  32. Meh

    Put on the weight again and enjoy being properly healthy

    November 13, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  33. Julie

    I love Anne's work and am so looking forward to this movie =)

    November 13, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  34. great script

    fish net stockings are so uncomfortable.

    November 13, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  35. my friends don't like it...

    when this stuff happens i get even more turned on to bond and want him more then before.

    November 13, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  36. just say the word and i'll be there for bond.

    -

    November 13, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  37. she went right in..

    we got it...now end it.

    November 13, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  38. doesn't affect me...

    your filed...and i have another party tonight...

    November 13, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  39. Your Weak....

    :) and desperate

    November 13, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  40. You so weak...

    :)

    November 13, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  41. Turkan

    Ow,She is so Cute I <3 her acting.

    November 13, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  42. Whoa

    Who is the "Les" guy she lost weight for? And what is HIS deal?

    November 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  43. batjones

    Dear Marquee: Please inform why Ms. Hathaway was required to lose 25 lbs. Does the role of Fantine really require an established and popular actress. I do not remember who has played the role on stage or in the Gerard DePardieu movie. Certainly there are other actresses that have the proper body size without needing to lose weight. I like Ms Hathaway, but give someone else a chance.

    November 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      It wasn't because they wanted Fantine to be skinny. It was because they literally wanted Fantine to look like she was starving (because the character is starving). Unfortunately that requires being thin to an unhealthy extent.

      November 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenni Simonis

      Because as the movie progresses, Fantine becomes thinner and thinner as she suffers from starvation. So they needed someone who was already very thin and then have them lose even more weight to show how someone who was in Fantine's condition would look.

      November 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      The character isn't just supposed to be thin the way a tiny actress like Kira Knightley or something is thin. Fantine is supposed to be literally starving to death – so someone playing her has to shed enough weight off whatever their natural size is that they look like a ragged, starving homeless person.

      I'm sure it was unhealthy experience, but it was temporary and just for the movie role. She'll gain the weight back.

      November 13, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • BD

      Its one of the iconic roles in all of drama and theatre, every actress great or unknown wants it. Why wouldn't they give it to someone like Hathaway if she was willing to do the work that it took?

      I think some people worry a little bit too much about optics when it comes to the choices artists make about their art. Her goal isn't to make you happy with her career or be a great role model, its to create fine art. The standard is pretty high for Les Mis so all the luck in the world to her.

      November 13, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mack

      she was told by the directors she had to lose weight

      November 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • batjones

      Thank you for the responses to my comment. I only saw parts of the movie and could not remember the entire plot behind Fantine's character. The way I interpreted Marquee's article was that of another actress trying to unnecessarily trying to slim down to meet someone's concept of a character image. As explained by the comments, the lose of weight seems to be crucial to the story. Thanks again for the enlightenment.

      November 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whoah.

      You admitted you weren't sure, and apologized?! I think you just broke the internet.

      November 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  44. GB333

    Didn't we just have this movie?

    November 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Mordac

    OMG, she was already rail thin...from where did she lose it?

    November 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenni Simonis

      From what I saw in the long preview I saw, it was from anywhere that she had even the slightest bit of fat or muscle (your body will often eat muscle before fat when you're starving). She truly does look like she is starving and worsening as the movie progresses.

      November 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • wrong.

      muscle is burned after fat.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  46. humtake

    She was already one of the hottest...losing 25 lbs just makes her go to the top in the list!

    November 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  47. MaryinPA

    Lose 25lbs. Gain 25lbs. She's still a terrible actress.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  48. dawn

    Quick...write script for movie of Audry Hepburn's life...and there is your actress...Anne.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristen

      Oh please...that's a huge insult to Ms. Hepburn. Hathaway doesn't have one iota of the beauty, grace and class that Hepburn had. I just don't get Ann Hathaway's allure...I think she's truly homely and horse-y. Ugh.

      November 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |

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