Anne Hathaway refuses to discuss Les Miserables diet

11/01/13

Anne Hathaway has decided not to reveal exact details of how she lost weight for her role in Les Miserables to discourage copycat dieters.

"This is not a Hollywood diet," said Hathaway.

"I was an actor and I had to do a role and I find it kinda weird the way the media can glamorise this sort of thing.

"I didn't lose the weight to look attractive," added the Oscar and Bafta nominated star.

"I needed to look like I was dying and I worry that all that attention adds up to an unhealthy way."

On screen transformation

There have been widely varying rumours as to how little Hathaway ate to portray the tragic character of Fantine.

I was on a starvation diet to look like I was near death in a film and I don't want anyone to feel like, 'Oh I just want to drop like a couple of pounds'
Anne Hathaway

But when asked to clear those up, she said: "You know I appreciate the question, I don't want to answer it because I think that I was on a starvation diet to look like I was near death in a film and I don't want anyone to feel like ,'Oh I just want to drop like a couple of pounds.'

"It would be unhealthy."

The stark image of Hathaway shaving her hair off while singing I Dreamed A Dream has been used to publicise Les Miserables in the film's trailer, but she wants to stress it was just acting.

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables
Image caption Anne Hathaway sings I Dreamed A Dream in Les Miserables

She said: "I had to work hard at it [the weight loss] but I went at it with a plan and I had a guide, like a nutritionist kind of helped me with it.

"And she just basically said, 'If you do this, it will happen.' And I did, and it did.

"I wouldn't describe it as easy but you consider there are people who are really hungry in the world and I'm an actress and I just lost weight for a role."

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

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