Anne Hathaway’s Starvation For Les Mis Was Overkill Even For The Director

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If Gwyneth Paltrow is the President of the “Celebrities I Really Want To Like But… Meh” club, then Anne Hathaway is Treasurer.  In a recent interview with the LA Times, Anne Hathaway goes on about her whole life story as part of her Les Mis promotional tour, and was sure to bring up about that time she starved herself to the point of illness for her role as Fantine.  Turns out even the director, Tom Hooper, wasn’t a fan of her extreme dedication.

“To be honest, I thought she was going further than she should, and I tried to discourage her,” Hooper said.


And then Anne Hathaway said the one thing that made me want to smack her in her gorgeous, pixie-perfection face:

“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.”

Did anyone else get a mental image Russel Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried all collectively sobbing and cradling the anorexic-like frame of Anne Hathaway on set just now?  No?

After reading that, my mind shouted at Anne to JUST FUCKING EAT NO ONE CARES next time she thinks method-ing her way into poor health is a good idea.  She and Matthew McConaughey should hit up Carl’s Junior together and go to town on a loaded double cheeseburger.

And then, like magic (guilt is totally like magic), Anne said something that made me slightly and begrudgingly admire her, reeling me back into her corner:

“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?”

I respect her passion for performing.  I can’t help myself.  Sister’s got some mad motivation, and far be it from me to take away her dreams.  But seriously, go eat something.  NOW.

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    • Steph

      What do you mean, you “can’t help yourself”?! It is perfectly normal to starve yourself or bulk up for a role! Christian Bale looked much worse in The Machinist, yet no one presumed he would develop an eating disorder, everyone applauded him for his “commitment” and what a great method actor he is. It’s obviously for the role, since Fantine ends up poor and abused. Wouldn’t make much sense if she was a healthy weight. Annoying, this double standard when it comes to actresses and their weight!

      • coupdefoudre

        Remember when everyone was all up in arms when the Hunger Games came out and Jennifer Lawrence was TOO healthy looking, because she really should have been an emaciated waif? Any guesses if the same thing would’ve been said about Anne Hathaway in this movie if she hadn’t lost weight? These actresses cannot win.

    • Marina

      I honestly don’t get why people are making her diet such a big deal. It was radical, indeed, but she didn’t do it because she thought she was “fat” or wasn’t comfortable with her body image. She did it for the character. Fantine was starving, sick and poor. How can a perfect healthy weight actress interpret this role with such perfection as she did? it’s impossible. In order to make a magnificent performance (as Anne Hathaway did) one needs to become the character.

      Regarding the “influence” her diet could have in other people (especially teenage fans as people are saying) I don’t know what else she could have done. She made it pretty clear she did it for the movie, for the character. Now she is returning to her normal routine and she will gain her weight back pretty soon.

      So stop with all this fuss, it’s already done, and she did a fantastic performance like no one else.

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    • Sarah

      If no one cares, why are you writing this article? Thanks for wasting a minute of my time by reading your senseless opinion. Finding some creativity and leaving the high school mentality behind might do you some good.

    • Alexa Kay

      that first sentence… was gold. you just found yourself a kindred spirit and a lifelong fan.

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    • FatIsTheNewFit

      Blah blah blah I hate skinny people and anyone who can override their hunger EAT SOMETHING DAMN YOU blah blah blah blah blah sigh

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        …do you want to write for us?

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