Actors sometimes make massive sacrifices for the sake of their careers, and they even risk their health and life for their art. This is what happened in the case of Anne Hathaway when she was cast in Les Miserables back in 2012.
The star revealed that she needed to lose no less than 25 pounds for the role despite already being so thin. As a result, she became really ill.
The actress managed to get an Oscar for her portrayal of Fantine in the movie adaptation of Les Miserables, but was the honor worth it in the end?
First of all, Hathaway had to cut her long hair on camera since her character decides to sell it after becoming extremely poor.
But that was not even close to the worst part! Since Fantine was slowly dying of tuberculosis, to realistically portray her, Hathaway needed to lose a ridiculous amount of weight.
Now, the Hollywood actress is finally opening up about how the whole experience affected her body and mind and admitted that it took her a long time to recover after starving herself for the role.
During an interview with PEOPLE, the star revealed: ‘I’d lost an unhealthy amount of weight in just two weeks. I did not know anything about nutrition. I proceeded to tax my body, and my brain bore the brunt of it all for a while. I just felt really anxious and very lost at that time.’
Hathaway previously told Vogue that she’d lost 10 pounds before they started shooting through a strict cleanse diet and then, another 15 as her character was getting closer to death.
Apparently, she managed the second task in just two weeks by eating nothing more but two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste per day.
‘That weight loss was not a long term good thing for my health, and it took a very long time to come back from it. I’d just turned 30. I’d just gotten married. Even the most positive thing can be upheavals to your identity. So to have this moment and still not know who I was — and the moment you just feel like you are on display — it wasn’t a comfortable feeling.’