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Anne Hathaway went into 'state of deprivation' for 'Les Miserables' role


Anne Hathaway has credited her new husband Adam Shulman with helping her recover after she was left physically and emotionally drained by her role in upcoming movie musical "Les Miserables."

The actress, who walked down the aisle in September, was a wreck after putting her all into the stage show adaptation, in which she plays tragic prostitute Fantine, and says it was Shulman who boosted her spirits when the production wrapped.

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She tells Vogue magazine, "I was in such a state of deprivation -- physical and emotional. When I got home, I couldn't react to the chaos of the world without being overwhelmed. It took me weeks till I felt like myself again.

"The first time I really threw everything into a part, which was when I did (2008 drama) "Rachel Getting Married," there was no one waiting for me when I got back. This time, Adam was there. He gets what I do and who I am and supports me in it, and that's pretty awesome."

Hathaway reveals that she ate just two squares of dried oatmeal paste a day to lose 25 pounds and look painfully thin onscreen, and admits the drastic diet tested her strength.

She adds, "I had to be obsessive about it  -- the idea was to look near death. Looking back on the whole experience -- and I don't judge it in any way -- it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that's who Fantine is anyway."

Nov 13, 2012 3:37PM

I didn't think she had an extra 25 pounds to lose. E-gads.


Nov 13, 2012 3:24PM
The things stars go thru to make 5 million bucks for a few months work is tough. Hoy Veh.
Nov 13, 2012 3:44PM
She is a brilliant actress who does more than I would do for a part.  The clip from the movie looks brilliant.
Nov 13, 2012 4:23PM

I've seen the play half a dozen times, have several versions of the soundtrack, know most of the words of most of the songs, and get goose bumps every time I hear the closing rendition of "Do You Hear the People Sing".


I don't' know what the movie will be like, but I do know that I will be there opening night.   This is my favorite play by far. 


Even though politically, I disagree completely with the obvious socialist themes of the play, I'll still sing every song....just not loud enough so anyone else can hear me, as my voice has been known to terrorize small animals over a three county area.

Nov 13, 2012 4:08PM
That seems a little much for a role, but if the person is really willing to that, good for them. I really don't know the story, but I am looking forward to watching it.
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