Anne Hathaway: I Insisted on Getting Gaunt for Role
Even 'Les Miz' director thought she was going too far
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2012 9:56 AM CST
This film image released by Universal Pictures shows Anne Hathaway portraying Fantine, a struggling, sickly mother forced into prostitution in 1800s Paris, in "Les Miserables."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Laurie Sparham)

(Newser) – Anne Hathaway tells the Los Angeles Times that, at age 30, she finally thinks she's shed the goody-goody typecasting that followed her Princess Diary days as a teen. In the interview, Hathaway comes off as fiercely driven, as one anecdote about her role as Fantine in Les Miserables makes clear: The already thin Hathaway dropped 25 pounds to play the sickly Fantine.

  • Director Tom Hooper: "To be honest, I thought she was going further than she should, and I tried to discourage her."
  • Hathaway: "Tom didn't like what I was doing, but he understood why I was doing it. No one liked what I was doing. By the end, people were hugging me and they would get emotional because I felt so frail."
Click for the full interview, which includes Hathaway at age 16 feeling like a failure because Olympian Tara Lipinksi had won gold at the same age.

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sfreeman
Dec 30, 2012 2:30 PM CST
Boy she REALLY wants that Oscar. Shut up, already, Anne!
Seth_Meyers
Dec 30, 2012 9:19 AM CST
Never cared for acting "skills," so she can pork up for all I care.
Sphinx
Dec 30, 2012 7:52 AM CST
I don't really get actors doing this to themselves on purpose (see: Christian Bale in the Machinist), but whatever. If she had fainted or was in any real danger, she would have had the best care money could buy. It's her body.