Despite Looking ‘Simultaneously Emaciated And Radiant’, Anne Hathaway Says Les Mis Weight Loss Was Nuts

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If there's one thing we could all agree on when it comes to Anne Hathaway, it's that she looked uncomfortably overweight in Princess Diaries 2. I spent so much of the movie worrying about her weight that I could barely focus on the plot. (Someone please tell me in the comments, is she still a princess?) Yet when she dropped three-Matthew-McConaugheys for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables, my concern meter swung to the other end of the spectrum. Could this star survive on nothing but radishes and headlines about only eating radishes?

Yes, yes she can! Months after shooting's wrapped, Anne Hathaway's still here with us. And she's still talking about her Les Miserables diet. Which is good, because I love a good wacky weight loss story. She's on the cover of the December issue of Vogue looking wonderfully healthy. Her interview's inside the December issue of Vogue and it touches on her looking not-so-healthy.

For her role in Les Mis, she had to look simultaneously emaciated and radiant. Before the start of shooting, she went on a strict cleanse and lost ten pounds, which in the early scenes of the film gives her a gossamer quality. She then took two weeks off and lost another fifteen pounds by following a near-starvation diet, consisting of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day. “I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death,” she recalls. “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.”

Yes, the phrase “simultaneously emaciated and radiant” now exists. I plan to use it as often as possible when referring to anyone and anything.

Did you see that crudite platter at that housewarming party this weekend? Those celery sticks looks simultaneously emaciated and radiant!

No I didn't notice the celery. But I'm so happy to see Karen looking so happy. Why if I didn't know any better, I'd think she applied her make-up tonight with the intention of looking near death!

You're right, she did fab-u-lous! Now if only I could say the same about that Mia Thermopolis look-a-like in the corner. It's as if she never heard of the dried oatmeal paste diet…good heavens. Look at the time. Now I'm late for spin. 

It's just so wonderful that we live in a time when a movie's more than a movie. It's also a way for a real actress to prove her actress-a-ness by going to dangerous extremes.  I suppose we're just lucky that we live in this age of Anne Hathaway willingly eating dried oatmeal paste squares, Matthew McConaughey shrinking 19 sizes and Jennifer Lawrence thinking she's obese by Hollywood standards. It's neat.

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