Anne Hathaway covers the December issue of Vogue Magazine, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Annie really, really wants her Oscar and she thinks Les Miserables is the way she’s going to get it. I do think this is probably her year to win it – especially if she’s nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. If she shoots for the stars and calls the part “Best Actress” material… then I don’t know. Anyway, the Vogue story is online and you can read it here. It’s very, very heavy on the Les Mis details and there are interviews with nearly everyone involved with the production – it’s kind of cute how much Hugh Jackman loves Anne, and to their credit, it sounds like all of the actors got along really well. As for this pictorial… rough. Very rough. These Annie Leibovitz photos are not good. Some highlights from the interview:
Anne on cutting her hair off: “I love the short-haired lifestyle,” Hathaway tells me with a laugh (she laughs a lot). “It’s awesome that I was able to go for a hike right before I came here to meet you, quickly wash my hair, and now it’s dry.” The only downside, she says, is having to get her hair cut every three weeks. “But I’m turning 30, and—I hope this isn’t obnoxious to say—I feel prettier, and much more myself. I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now.”
Pres. Obama called Anne “the best thing” in The Dark Knight Rises: “I’m a blusher, and just being inches from him, I went scarlet from the tips of my toes to the tops of my ears.”
Auditioning for Les Mis: “I knew that someone was going to have to go in there and do something pretty special to unseat me,” she says. “Sometimes you leave a room and you feel like maybe you’ve left the door open a crack. This time, I knew that I had slammed it shut behind me.”
Losing weight for the role: 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.”
On her wedding: “Oh, my God, I had a blast. Our friends stayed and partied and danced till really late.”
She wants to be a mom: “And now, of course, with me having this beyond-my-wildest-dreams success in my own career—and beyond the success, the joy I take just getting to be an actor—knowing what that must have been like for her to put that aside for the good of her children. Oh, my God. I want to be a mother, and I anticipate loving my children quite fiercely. I think about it all the time, though it’s a silly thing to think about because the kind of mother I’ll be depends on the kind of children I have. I can’t wait to meet them.” For now, she feels as if she’s right where she’s meant to be. “I’d feel a little silly and overly dramatic to say that this feels like destiny. But to have this come full circle in such a spectacular way—it’s making me very happy… OK, it feels a little like destiny.”
Dear Academy: Annie WANTS it. She really, really wants it. She talked about her wedding. She talked about babies. She will campaign hard for her Oscar. You better give it to her.
Photos courtesy of Annie Leibovitz/Vogue, slideshow here.