Anne Hathaway’s drastic ‘Les Mis’ haircut: adorable and Winona Ryder-esque?

Go ahead and call me crazy, but never before have I ever seen Anne Hathaway’s likeness to Winona Ryder, and now, with these photos, it’s ALL I can see. These are new pics of Anne in London a few nights ago – she was leaving The Box with her fiancé, Adam Shulman. Anne has been in London, working on Les Miserables for… I don’t know, a month? Two months? Something like that. She’s playing Fantine – thus, the haircut… because Fantine sells her hair (because she’s super-poor). Allegedly, Anne has been losing weight for the role too – the British tabloids claim she’s doing some extreme diet to drop 16 pounds in just a few weeks. Anything to look sickly.

She’s admitted to cutting her daily food intake down to only 500 calories for her latest film role but that’s not the only extreme Anne Hathaway is having to go through. The actress who usually flaunts a thick mane of long brunette locks has trimmed her hair to barely one inch in length, in order to achieve the look of her character in the forthcoming movie, Les Miserables.

The 29-year-old was pictured leaving London’s The Box nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning with the newly cropped do. Pretty Hathaway looked especially gaunt as she left the venue with fiancé Adam Shulman and their friends. As they hopped into a taxi she tried to conceal her fresh crop from onlookers who took a while to catch on to her identity.

Grabbing her head as she made her way home, she is evidently still getting used to her short style. Wearing a dark coat and blue jeans, as expected she appeared noticeably slimmer than usual as she has embarked on a hardcore diet for her part in the film.

She plays Fantine, a struggling factory worker who is forced into prostitution to provide for her illegitimate child and ends up selling her hair for financial gain. A film source told the Daily Mirror: ‘Anne is playing a destitute factory worker-come-lady of the night.

‘Unfortunately, she only has 15 to 20 days to lose as much weight as possible – up to a stone-and-a-half – because she’s been filming the scenes showing her fit and healthy, almost slightly chubby. It’s not ideal but, as with any high-budget movie, there are strict time constraints.’

The star looked a far cry from the glamorous situations we are used to seeing her in but for Anne the dramatic decision was all for the greater good.

While many stars opt to don a hairpiece to save their precious tresses, Anne was clearly determined to be as authentic as possible for the musical motion picture.

[From The Mail]

With the weight loss stuff and now Anne cutting off her own hair… I’d say she’s really going for that Oscar, wouldn’t you? I saw Les Mis so long ago, I barely remember the story, but from what I remember, Fantine would be considered a supporting part, correct? Let me look it up… ugh, Wikipedia exhausts me sometimes. But yes, I’m going to say that Fantine is a supporting part, so Anne will be going for Best Supporting Actress nominations. We’ll see, Anne. We’ll see.

WINONA 4 EVA!!!!! Seriously, can’t you see it now?

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  1. Bite me says:

    Wow, she actually lOoks good with short hair

  2. Neelyo says:

    This just puts her one step closer to the lead in the future Liza Minnelli biopic.

  3. Tanguerita says:

    I don’t see any likeness, but I love how she looks.

  4. Alexis says:

    She looks gorgeous. More people than you’d think are able to rock short hair — I think a lot of use just use hair as a safety blanket (including me and my feeling that I have a JA-potatoface). I see the vague Winona similarity, but I think Winona is even prettier. (That’s probably because I’ve had a girlcrush on Winona for as as long as I can remember.)

    • NYC_girl says:

      I have the same cut – and I definitely used to hide behind my hair. It was very liberating to cut it off. I hope she gets more comfortable with it – she has a great face for it.

    • gg says:

      Girl I hear ya. I’ve always been a long hair person and had nice smooth shiny long hair and was complimented on it a lot. Then I had to do chemo and it all fell out, which was a recurring nightmare I’ve had all my life. Now, the real thing – the pixie hair – was not nearly as traumatic as the dream, and I weathered it, but it’s finally grown out to cover my ears and I can tell ya, I sure missed being able to hide behind it. If your face has any flaws, it’s rather brutal to be forced to have no cover.

      I can see in the pics she doesn’t like it at all – she’s grabbing the front and hiding it. Don’t blame her, but she has nothing to worry about – she’s gorgeous.

  5. lucy2 says:

    She seems very self conscious about it in these photos, but it doesn’t look terrible – agree about the Winona thing.

    • T.C. says:

      Not self conscious just bringing more attention to the hair and playing up the “oh gosh isn’t my hair SHORT”. It’s called Oscar begging and Hathaway knows how to play the game like a pro. Step 1 get the pap shots right after the hair cut so no one things it’s a wig or movie magic.

  6. Cooper Lucy says:

    I’ve never thought she was beautiful before, but I love her hair like this. I wonder if this is part of the reason she wants to wait so long to have the wedding?

  7. Matt says:

    She looks more beautiful and edgier in some way. I love it!

  8. chloe says:

    I like the short hair on her, as someone mentioned above it’s edgier looking. I’m actually excited about this movie. The 500 calorie a day diet is scary sounding, you start really damaging your muscles and internal parts going to those extremes, is it really worth it for one part?

  9. T.C. says:

    The 29-year-old was pictured leaving London’s The Box nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning with the newly cropped do

    So she has been in London for months with no pap pictures. As soon as she gets the hair cut she goes to a club with paps around so he all she how committed she is to the role? Baby wants that Oscar badly. So badly.

  10. Eleonor says:

    My first thought: SAMRO!

  11. DownAndOut says:

    Love the short hair! I cut mine drastically a month ago. Was a post-breakup-makeover-thing. I love, love, love it and get so many compliments! I agree with the above comment that more women can rock short hair than they think. I have a very round shaped face, and short hair (just above my chin) elongates my neck & surprisingly works well.

  12. LadyJane says:

    I think I see more shades of Samantha Rohnson than Wino Forever.

  13. Aria says:

    Short hair incredibly suits her! I can see the Winona Ryder resemblance but the only difference is that Winona rocked it! Anne is too meewww.

  14. daz says:

    someone once said only truely beautiful women can pull-off a really short hair-cut and Anne is super cute !!!!

  15. GoodCapon says:

    I don’t like it. I still think she’s pretty though.

  16. iwannarock says:

    she looks stone. both have the bloat-coke eyes.

  17. lush33 says:

    I thought that first picture was Wino at first glance!

  18. Rachel says:

    Fantine is definitely a supporting role. In fact, it makes me sad that Anne cut off her gorgeous hair for such a limited part. Unless they’re going to expand upon her part in the movie. In the musical, her role is… expedited. She’s there, then gone, so quickly.

    I’d actually go so far as to say that there is NO leading female role in Les Mis. All the female roles are supporting.

  19. Kel says:

    How can anyone tell what she really looks like with her hand on her head in every picture? She’s obviously quite self conscious. I think if she styles her hair, stands up straight, and stops trying to hide she’d be beautiful.

  20. Cathy says:

    I don’t know what to think. It’s so different than what I’m used to when I see pictures of her. I do see the resemblence to Winona Ryder though.

  21. tmbg says:

    I think I would have gone with a wig. Plenty of Broadway stars wear them and many, if not most, look natural.

    I’m not against short hair as I wear a chin-length bob, but she had the most beautiful, lustrous, healthy hair that it makes me kind of sad to see it gone!

    • crtb says:

      I agree!

      I rock super short grey hair and I love it. Anne is a beautiful woman and will look nice no matter how long her hair is. However she looks really uncomfortable and uneasy with her new do. Why didn’t she just go with a wig? Growing your hair out is a b1tch. Bet you’ll see her with extensions or a weave as soon as filming wraps up.

  22. ladybert62 says:

    I cant tell anything from those pictures – she is certainly trying to hide – I think she hates it.

  23. Frog says:

    I think she looks great with the short hair, and she looked great before. What a transformation. She likely won’t keep it short, but she is one person who could get away with it.

  24. carrie says:

    she’s cute very Winona and she looks embarrassed (i guess she dislikes her short hair)

  25. lower-case deb says:

    the first time i saw the pic, natalie portman! and then liza minelli!
    but the more i read winona, it’s all i can see too. :)

    /sorry about the change of name, just to differentiate from Deb with an upper-case “D” :)

  26. Ravensdaughter says:

    Her beautiful hair! She looks uncomfortable with it-but this is a pretty drastic short cut for the film. In time, she can get an Emma Watson sassy cut-or grow it back.

  27. sup says:

    she looks good but she looks like she doesn’t feel comfy in this new hair do :/

  28. DreamyK says:

    I loved her long hair. It was so beautiful and glossy.

    Anne is a beautiful woman and will look great no matter what haircut she has.

  29. aenflex says:

    Oh Gawd it looks terrible!

  30. Holly Hobby says:

    I don’t care for that haircut at all. Whoever did this is a hack because you can clearly see bald spots. Frankly, this better be worth it because if the movie anka she would be mad.

    This will be hard to grow out for her wedding. Her fiancé has longer hair than she does.

    • Marianne says:

      She’s not supposed to look glamourous in the film. Fantine cuts off her hair so she can sell it to a wig maker, so she can send that money down to her daughter Cosette. She then later turns to prostitution.

      • Holly Hobby says:

        Uma Thurman played that part in the non-singing movie. I don’t think she got the butchered cut. Does anyone recall? Liam Neeson was Valjean.

        Yes she sells the hair but it is still a Hollywood production. That means she could have worked without the uneven bald spots. A real bear to grow out!

  31. Jenny says:

    I was thinking more Samantha Ronson… but healthier looking.. I see the winona but wasn’t first thought at all! I’m on the fence about the cut though.

  32. JudyK says:

    She looks adorable. Short hair can be just as sexy as long hair and often times more sexy.

    Not many women have the bone structure or are pretty enough to wear short hair. I’m personally sick of ridiculous extensions and the “housewife look.” Blah.

  33. Gia says:

    Errr…she looks like a victim of the holocaust.

  34. endlesscircles says:

    I couldn’t STAND Anne a few years ago, but she’s totally turned me around. Not sure why.

    Anyway, I think she looks stunning with this cut. Not since Mia Farrow has someone really rocked the pixie so marvelously.

    • Sugar says:

      I was thinking that too there’s that picture of Mia sitting as Vidal sasoons her hair. Anne did a drastic change up. yup it takes getting use to. In my 20′s my best friend & I went to get our hair done together. Am not sure what possessed us but we came out of that salon pixified & the drive home we were like Betty & Wilma trying to figure out how to explain it to our men!

  35. the original bellaluna says:

    SamRo, definitely, but healthier (for now). Then maybe Winona.

  36. Marianne says:

    I personally don’t think it suits her well. But I’m glad she actually chopped it off and didn’t get a wig. Wigs can sometimes look well….wiggy.

  37. taxi says:

    Much more Liza Minelli than anything else. Winona, Natalie, & Emma have delicate features – Anne’s are big & bold.

  38. Chrissy says:

    I see the resemblance to Winona Ryder in these pictures. Still, I think Anne doesn’t have a pretty enough face for this, while Winona has more delicate feminine features.

  39. Kiyoshigirl says:

    The first person I thought of when I first saw the picture was Hillary Swank, not Wynona Ryder.

    I’m obviously of the minority here, but I’m not crazy about this look on her.

  40. Lisa B. says:

    I think she looks great. But I’m biased, because my hair looks exactly the same, but blonde. I first cut it like this when I was 16. Never let it grow out again and I’m 22 now.

    If you were always a long hair person, of course you’ll feel weird at first. Which is why she probably looks so uncomfortable. I guess she’s seeing, the way I did, the big deal people make out of hair. As if cutting it super short (even for a role) was this huge sacrifice/tragedy that will make you less of a woman. I also hate the “breakup” concept. You know, when people think you only did it because you were dumped by someone. All bullshit.

    I remember when I first showed up on school after cutting it, people were all like OMG WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR HAIR. So, it’s not a cut for insecure people or people who are too concerned about what others think. After all: it’s only f*cking hair. It grows back.

    I just wished she kept it short for a while after the film. Unlikely to happen, though.

  41. Laine says:

    I see more Hilary Swank in About a Boy …

  42. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Hair grows, the end. But guys, did she not sell some of her teeth? I demand fidelity to the source material!! Speaking of which, where’s my Consumption Whistle?

    Of course Fantine’s a supporting role, when did anyone dispute that? The book doesn’t owe her keratinized protein anything and if there’s serious talk about re-vamping the story in order to make her huge sacrifice ‘worth it’, I’m jumping out of a window. Jean Valjean has no happy sidekick to make jokes about his inability to ‘get some’ or something, he’s the protagonist.

    Rapid weight loss is nothing to Hollywood. Ex-Lax, cocaine, tapeworm or parasite, liposuction, personal training–this is what they do while we’re eating lunch. If Best Supporting Haircut becomes a thing, I’ll continue never watching these circle jerk awards shows.

    I thought we collectively agreed that she should never be within 100 feet of an Oscar ceremony after that unpleasantness.

    This book doesn’t need anyone else to crap all over it. I just got an idea, though: what if someone did a film adaptation of Pride And Prejudice, or ooh, Jane Eyre!! Someone needs to get the word out on–oh, wait–A Christmas Carol. Adapt A Christmas Carol!

  43. muppet_barbershop says:

    Not masculine at all. The only recent visual parallel I draw is those couple scenes of Natalie Portman’s in V for Vendetta. But more importantly, yes, it’s adorable. Also — and this is not about her acting or whatever, just her appearance — I find it more Audrey Hepburnesque that any of the other modern attempts.