Anne Hathaway Tells Vogue About Her 'Near Starvation' Diet for Les Mis

It's a classic Vogue cover story. Beautiful already-skinny actress has to lose weight for a role. How does she do it!? For her role as Fantine in December's highly anticipated Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway dropped 25 pounds. Vogue writer Adam Green talked to the actress about what he called her "near-starvation" diet.
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It's a classic Vogue cover story. Beautiful already-skinny actress has to lose weight for a role. How does she do it!? For her role as Fantine in December's highly anticipated Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway dropped 25 pounds. Vogue writer Adam Green talked to the actress about what he called her "near-starvation" diet.
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It's a classic Vogue cover story. Beautiful already-skinny actress has to lose weight for a role. How does she do it!?

For her role as Fantine in December's highly anticipated Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway dropped 25 pounds. She's still rocking a pixie cut after she chopped her hair for the film ("I feel prettier, and much more myself," she said of her short hair) and she's still pretty skinny after losing all that weight--but not too skinny, OK? Writer Adam Green notes that Hathaway "remains very thin, though not unhealthy-looking."

Green calls Hathaway's weight loss program for the film a "near-starvation diet." She lost 10 pounds before filming by doing a "strict cleanse" which apparently gave Hathaway a "gossamer quality" because she had to look "simultaneously emaciated and radiant." That's a hard lewk to pull off.

Then Hathaway lost another 15 pounds by eating two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day. To be fair, Hathaway's character, Fantine, becomes destitute, turns to prostitution, and dies of tuberculosis. So, Hathaway says, the "idea was to look near death.” Still, she says, the extreme diet was "a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.”

Mmm...dried oatmeal paste. Don't try this one at home kids.

Vogue's December issue hits newsstands on November 20.Read the rest of the profile (including deets on Hathaway's custom Valentino wedding dress) here.

Photos: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue