ANNE HATHAWAY ON 'LES MIS': I WAS IN A STATE OF DEPRIVATION

November 13, 2012, 10:55 am Suzy Byrne

It was for the love of her craft that Anne Hathaway whittled 11 kilograms from her already thin frame earlier this year.

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Cast as Fantine in the upcoming big-screen adaption of "Les Miserables," the actress wanted to bring authenticity to her role as a dying prostitute, and it seems she was successful as she appears very gaunt in the trailer.

In a new interview with Vogue, Hathaway talks about being on a "near-starvation diet" to slim down for the flick, and how her dramatic weight loss impacted her long after the cameras stopped rolling.

Going into "Les Mis," Hathaway was already in tip-top shape. She was coming off of her role in "The Dark Knight Rises," for which she spent 10 months doing hardcore weight training and martial arts, and even adopted a vegan diet.

Anne Hathaway as Fantine in a Vogue "Les Miserables" portrait shoot. Credit: Annie Lebovitz/Vogue

But Hathaway took things further for Fantine, revealing that a cleanse led to her shedding 4 kilograms prior to filming, and then over a two week period while the movie was filming, she dropped an additional 6 kilograms by eating only two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day.

"I had to be obsessive about it -- the idea was to look near death," Hathaway 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."

Hathaway, who turns 30 this week, says she exerted herself so much in the role, which is already generating Oscar buzz for the actress, that she had difficulties transitioning back into her everyday life once filming wrapped, and had to lean heavily on her beau, actor-turned-jewelry designer Adam Shulman, whom she married on September 29.

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"I was in such a state of deprivation -- physical and emotional," she confesses. "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. 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."

Calling Shulman her "true love -- the full-on romantic, till-death-do-us-part real deal," Hathaway says that their Big Sur, California, wedding was "a blast" and their friends "stayed and partied and danced till really late."

As for that Valentino gown, which was custom made by the retired designer, she said a lot of back and forth went into its creation. "I begged him during the first fitting to make the train detachable," Hathaway shares. "He looked at me and said, 'But it is a dress, not a costume.' The memory of creating it with him is something that I will treasure forever. He somehow read my mind and designed the dress that I'd always wanted."

Something else she always wanted -- and just didn't know it! -- is her new no fuss haircut.

Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue

Hathaway, who received positive reviews for hosting "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, chopped her long dark locks for "Les Mis," but she's keeping the style for as long as she can. "I love the short-haired lifestyle," she notes. The only downside? Maintenance. She has to hit the salon every three weeks for a cut. "But I'm turning 30, and -- I hope this isn't obnoxious to say -- I feel prettier, and much more myself. I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now."

While she may be happy with less when it comes to her appearance, she's looking forward to building a family with Shulman. "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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Suzy Byrne writes for omg!

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  1. Stephen05:33pm Thursday 13th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    At least she likes it lightly trimmed....

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  2. Meister08:43am Wednesday 14th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What an awkward looking woman. Strange creature indeed.

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  3. Christopher04:34pm Tuesday 13th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I think Anne Hathaway is the pinnacle of hollywood perfection. By that i mean she has the classic hollywood looks of a bygone era, she is clearly intellectual and she is a great great actress. Some actors have been blessed in one and sometimes more areas though no one but Hathaway has it all. Someone upstairs just gave her everything. In the purest sense of the term she is a Hollywood Goddess. So when i heard she had been cast as catwoman it made complete sense to me. But still i was blown away. her turn as a conflicted thief was believable and being able to see her vulnerability despite her obvious strength was a terrific nuanced performance. If Nolan cannot do a catwoman movie i would really love to see Quentin Tarantino do it. I know some just associate Tarantino with violence but i think he is so much more than that. A truly great story teller who knows how to create tension in a scene without rushing it or allowing it to go too long. I think a Tarantino/Anne Hathaway team up would leave viewers begging for more.

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  4. Glib11:35am Tuesday 13th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So... all this "authenticity" was simply about losing weight? That's it? That's all this article is about?

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