Anne Hathaway took losing weight for her role in the upcoming movie/musical Les Miserbles to obsessive levels — all over 25 pounds!
She IS playing a dying, TB-afflicted prostitute named Fantine — so she had to look the part. A part which might even get her an Oscar. All it took was losing those 25 pounds.
Apparently she dropped 10 pounds before shooting began. The other 15? Not so easy. During a two-week break from shooting, she lost another 15 pounds by eating just two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste per day. Holy crap!
That is NOT healthy in the least, but that is a huge amount of commitment!
"I had to be obsessive about it–the idea was to look near death. 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. 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."
We can't even imagine making the conscious decision to lose that kind of weight, in that kind of way, so fast. We're glad to hear she's okay, but we worry about actors and actresses who make career choices like this — it isn't very safe.
Still, we can't wait to see the movie!
[Image via WENN.]