November 12th, 2012
04:08 PM ET
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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