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Anne Hathaway weight loss: actress had to stop eating for 13 days for her role in Les Misérables

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Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine in the hotly anticipated Les Misérables, took the opportunity to open up about starving herself for the role in a new photo shoot.

Anne Hathaway shed 25 lbs to portray the poverty-stricken factory worker forced to turn to prostitution, and it was no easy task.

She told the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter: “I just had to stop eating all for a total of 13 days shooting.”

Anne Hathaway shed the weight in two stages: she dropped 10 lbs in three weeks before filming, and then 15 lbs during production.

But Anne Hathaway was dedicated from the start – even before she landed the role.

Anne Hathaway who plays Fantine in the hotly anticipated Les Misérables took the opportunity to open up about starving herself for the role in a new photo shoot 350x238 photo

Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine in the hotly anticipated Les Misérables, took the opportunity to open up about starving herself for the role in a new photo shoot

The actress said: “There was resistance because I was between their ideal ages for the parts – maybe not mature enough for Fantine but past the point where I could believably play [Fantine’s daughter] Cosette (portrayed by Amanda Seyfried).

“And I did what I do when I really want a role: I got fiery and told my agent, <<Just get me in the room>>.”

The eerie images accompanying the interview see a barefoot Anne lead her co-stars Amanda, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks.


Les Misérables hits cinemas on Christmas Day. The new issue of The Hollywood Reporter is out on December 14.