Golden Globe winner Anne Hathaway lost 25 lbs while preparing for the role of Fantine in Les Miserables after putting herself through a tough diet of porridge to make herself look ill. She told the Metro newspaper “I didn’t think I would be able to keep going without collapsing. But I had to appear dead.”
Anne has also warned fans from trying to copy her fasting, but admitted she would understand the temptation. She said “When I was a teenager, I would have tried anything that an actress I liked was doing to get thin.” As well as her extreme weight loss, Anne had her hair cropped for the film and it was a difficult, but necessary, sacrifice. Hathaway said “If you are not willing to cut off your hair, lose weight and look an idiot singing, the role is not speaking to you enough. On the day it was cut, I was trembling. Afterwards, there was a real feeling of absence. I don’t think about [the hair] much now; I always loved being a low-maintenance girl. Now I am no-maintenance girl.”
Her dedication to the role has paid off. As well as collecting a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress on Sunday night, the actress is tipped to do the treble by adding a BAFTA and Oscar to her recent collection. However, the humble star won’t allow herself to get carried away with being an awards favourite, saying “That’s hugely flattering but nothing is real yet. It’s so easy to get swept up in this but I’m just trying to keep my feet on the ground at the moment. I still can’t believe I’m the girl who got to play Fantine.”
Anne Hathaway wants to adopt children and have “a few” naturally. The 30-year-old actress is excited to start a family with her actor and jewellery designer husband Adam Shulman, who she married in September, and while the brunette beauty would love to have as many kids as she can “afford”, she insists each one must feel “special”.
Anne said “I’ve wanted to be a mom since I was 16. I’m 30 and I want to have a family of a certain size. I’ll start with one healthy kid, but I’d like to have a few naturally and adopt. I gotta get on it, you know? I’d like to have as many as I can afford, not just financially but in terms of time, because you want to make sure each one feels special. I’ve had one goal in mind for the past 12 years, which is: get a movie, get a movie, get a movie. Now I might have to say: get a baby, get a baby, get a baby.”
The Les Miserables star insists Adam is the “greatest person” she knows and while the brunette beauty loves her six-carat emerald-cut engagement ring which he designed, she would forgo it just to be with him. Hathaway told Stella “He spent six months designing it and it was beyond my wildest dreams when he opened the box. I didn’t need anything. I was so happy he wanted to marry me. He’s the greatest person I know. You’d have to meet him, then you’d get it. He is one of those people who wants good for everyone.”
The 29-year-old actress, who shed 25 pounds for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables, has admitted the film’s director Tom Hopper told her she didn’t need to go to extremes for the part and everyone around her was concerned for her health at the time. She told the Los Angeles Times “Tom didn’t like what I was doing, but he understood why I was doing it. No one liked what I was doing. By the end, people were hugging me, and they would get emotional because I felt so frail.” Tom backed up Anne’s claims, saying “To be honest, I thought she was going further than she should, and I tried to discourage her.”
The newlywed star, who married her long-term boyfriend Adam Shulman in a low key ceremony in September, previously revealed she “lived on hummus and radishes” to slim down to play prostitute Fantine and admitted she is ashamed of being so consumed by staying slim. Asked if she thinks about her weight daily, she said “If I’m honest, yes. There’s an obsessive quality to it that I thought I would’ve grown out of by now. It’s an on-going source of shame for me. I just think about the ridicule you get if you have an off day. If people weren’t watching, I’d be so much more eccentric…I actually really don’t feel like getting made fun of. So I put on something boring and navy and go out and try to disappear.”
Meanwhile, the actress admits that she doesn’t think she is going to win an Oscar as she thinks she isn’t talented enough. She said “I see the sort of work that people like Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet can do, and I want to do that level of work so badly. But I don’t believe I’m as gifted as them. So the only thing I can control is how hard I work at it – how much do I commit to it? How far will I take it?”
Anne Hathaway has warned Seth MacFarlane not to trust people if they tell him his Oscar hosting rehearsals are going well. The Les Miserables star’s stint as host of the Academy Awards with James Franco two years ago was widely panned and Anne admitted she trusted those around her who said the couple were great, admitting that if she had watched tapes of the rehearsals herself she would have seen their mistakes. Anne told Entertainment Weekly “I’ve never seen [the whole thing]. But I felt like I made a rookie mistake. Everybody was just being very positive around me, so nobody was giving me any notes. I watched a clip [afterward] and as soon as I saw it, I saw my mistake. It made me really angry with myself that I didn’t watch any tapes of rehearsal before I went on – because it was such an easy fix.”
However, Anne admitted her ill-fated hosting stint wasn’t her most painful Oscars memory. Speaking about her appearance at the show in 2009 when she was a best-actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married, she said “I was rolling 10-deep in Hathaways that night and while trying to get everyone from one car to another and hurry them along – it’s a long story – I actually stepped into the tailpipe of the limo I was riding in, and got a third-degree burn,” she says. “So the next morning, I woke up in pain – but not on the inside. And so when I hosted, it wasn’t my first Oscar-night scar.”
Anne Hathaway has revealed that she cried watching herself in Les Miserables. The actress, who plays troubled prostitute Fantine in the big screen adaptation of the hit musical, admits she can’t help but weep while watching the scene where she performs I Dreamed A Dream because she feels so heartbroken by her character’s struggle and is reminded of the way she felt when she got into character during filming.
Speaking to MTV News, she explained “I cry, but I think it’s because I’m still connected to the experience of making it, the process. For me, when I see it, I actually have to be aware when I’m doing press, because it brings me a lot closer to Fantine. She’s so broken that I actually have to protect myself a little bit. So when I saw it, I did cry, but not because of what I was doing on screen. It was because I was back in the process of making it. The rest of the film made me bawl like a baby.”
The 30-year-old screen siren previously revealed she fought for the role of Fantine, and worked hard to convince director Tom Hooper to give her the part. She said “I was told they weren’t sure I was young enough for some of the other parts but maybe I wasn’t young enough for Fantine. Do you ever have those moments when the fire in your belly just consumes you? I said that I needed to get in a room and we would figure this out. So I got my audition and just left it all on the floor; gave it everything.”