Is Anne Hathaway being forced to lose 16 pounds in three weeks for ‘Les Mis’?

I like Anne Hathaway’s figure. I think her “default” body type is rounded, voluptuous, and probably pretty “normal” as far “what the average woman looks like.” I think Anne works out a lot, and trains and diets extensively when she’s doing physical, more action-heavy roles, like Get Smart or The Dark Knight Rises. She seems like the kind of girl who really has to fight her natural body type, but she also seems like a girl who eats normal food and probably hates that she works out so much – and that makes me like her. While I understand the need for an actress to train extensively for an action film (they need to be strong, and they need to look strong), I don’t get why you would hire an actress of Anne’s caliber (and body type) if all you needed was a tiny little slip of woman. Such is the case with Les Miserables. Annie was cast as Fantine, and producers are demanding that she lose 16 pounds in three weeks for the part. Ugh.

Anne Hathaway is having to resort to a drastic diet to lose weight to play her latest role. The actress, 29, has been ordered to lose 16lbs in less than three weeks to play dying prostitute Fantine in the movie adaptation of Les Miserables.

As fans of the musical classic will know, the single mother ends up with consumption and later appears as a ghost. Although currently a healthy size 10, Hathaway will have to lose over a stone for her realistic portrayal of a hungry, dying prostitute. Instead of eating the recommended daily allowance of 2,000 calories a day, the actress is now down to under 500 to achieve the rapid result.

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. Producers have assigned her a personal trainer and she is literally eating nothing more than a couple of apples a day, and some protein – mainly in the form of a shake. Anne knows the risk of such an extreme diet and will undergo weekly medicals to make sure everything is still functioning as it should do.’

Hathaway is no stranger to having to lose weight for roles. Last year, she slimmed down to fit into an unforgiving catsuit to play Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. She started doing Bikram yoga and push-ups and eating vegetables, fish and fruit to shape down. She also lost weight to play Andrea Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada.

The Les Miserables movie, which also stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried, is due to release in December.

[From The Mail]

Ugh. I mean, I understand WHY this is being done – to show the character’s sickness and such. I understand the “method acting” part. Still, it’s called ACTING – you don‘t actually have to starve yourself into oblivion to achieve what your character is going through. There’s makeup. And costumes, corsets, Spanx and body slimmers. And CGI. There are a lot of ways to handle the “sickness” transformation without starving poor Anne. Anne might be all for it, though. These kinds of physical transformations always get noticed during the awards season.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Dibba says:

    What’s with all the Anne Hathaway stories lately?

    • carrie says:

      she starts to give interviews for TDKR promotions even if she’s working on LES MISERABLES in England

  2. Sara says:

    Ugh. That tabloid is disgusting calling her ‘almost chubby’. That will help give a couple young women eating disorders.

    • iloveretro says:

      Co-signed. No way in H*ll that she’s chubby. “Almost” or otherwise. Stupid tabs.

      • Bird says:

        Yeah, she’s SUCH a lard ass. Ridiculous.

      • Tiffany says:

        There is NO WAY in the world that Anne is a size 10. No way. Her waist is way too small for that, and the camera adds shape.

      • mimi says:

        @Tiffany– This is from the Mail, so it’s using British sizes. I think a British size 10 = a US size 6. Even that though, seems to overshoot it- Anne is tiny!

    • Lucy says:

      Agree, if she’s chubby I must be an elephant

      • Liv says:

        Me too. There’s not much left what she could loose anyway! She’s already super skinny! I find it weird that in times of CGI an actress is forced to loose an unhealthy amount of weight. The producers are probably stupid men. It’s a shame.

      • Reece says:

        I’m a humpback whale.

    • Incredulous says:

      At least they didn’t mention her ponytail and glasses and UGH look at those paint-spattered overalls!

  3. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Eh..she’s not the first actress to have to lose a crap-ton of weight for a role. As long as she’s doing it under dr’s supervision, she’ll be fine. I’m sure she’ll gain it all back when filming is done.

    • podzol says:

      Omg this is so Oscar publicity prep. Trust that when Oscar season 2013 rolls around, it’ll be the conversation steered in her favour. Give the woman a statue – she suffered for her art, and within 2 weeks too!

  4. Heather says:

    Kristen Stewart didn’t lose any weight for her sickly and skinny twilight pregancy scenes

  5. Lolaluvsu2 says:

    Wait…she’s a size ten? Does that mean she is fatter than Kim Kardashian?

    Btw…she looks great to me.

  6. Ann says:

    Perverse how everyone is policing women’s bodies. It’s really sickening. Meanwhile, Jon Hamm is a FATTIE and it goes unnoticed.

    • anon33 says:

      Uh, are you serious? Do you mean John Goodman, or something? Jon Hamm is not fat.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      There is no way you’re thinking of the very not-overweight Jon Hamm. Jon Hamm is about as ‘fat’ as he is blonde.

  7. carrie says:

    i saw her in Paris last summer with her boyfriend:she was very lean and pale(not her best look) and i saw again her and her boyfriend always in Paris at the begining of march this year and she was just thin

  8. KZ says:

    Do we realy think this is an implication that Anne’s obviously gorgeous bod is “big”? Or that she’s being “forced” into this rather than knowingly taking a part that requires some physical transformation, as actors do all the time? She’s losing weight explicitly to look unhealthy — “dying” even — to contrast with the character’s once-healthy past.

  9. lucy2 says:

    I think it’s mostly BS. For someone already slim, they’d just do makeup tricks and whatever to make her look ill.
    No professional of any sort would put her on a 500 calorie/day diet.
    She is not “chubby” by any stretch of the imagination! Horrible.

  10. Aria says:

    This film has not been released yet and I’m already kind of sick of it. First the Taylor Swift affair, now Anne H and all her drama.

    I guess I will not watch it.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Omigosh, you said it. A few more months of this and I’ll be hospitalized for extreme eyeroll and jadedness.

  11. Hubbahun says:

    Voluptuous???? Hardly. Having said that, she has the choice to tell them to p*ss off.

    • Oi says:

      Not really. not if it was already discussed and she agreed to it. And if she did, she has to follow through. Just like Christian Bale is in The Fighter.

  12. Melissa says:

    I’m sure she’ll win an Oscar for her weight loss.

  13. Oi says:

    If she knew that’s what the producers wanted, then she has to do it, and I think the ‘oh, poor Anne’ comments are uncalled for. Its for a role. no one gets upset when men are told to lose for a role, and it should work the same way for actresses. Just because she looks good in her red carpet outfits doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a commitment to do what she agreed to do. Sometimes camera tricks aren’t enough.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      In this day and age, camera tricks and CGI are enough. Just look at that crappy Twilight film.
      Sure, she agreed to it and to be honest, I judge her a little for that. What a horrible message to send to young girls. I know she is meant to look sick and as if she’s dying but make no mistake, girls will see how fast one can lose weight and they’ll try this crap too. You think many boys will? No.
      And that’s where the men-women-equal-treatment stuff comes in. As IF men in Hollywood face the same pressure! Actresses and women in general face a huge amount of pressure to be thin and the argument of “if men have to do it, so should women” just doesn’t work. Why? Because women deal with this all the time. If an actor loses his six-pack between films, he can hide it under a t-shirt. If an actress gets more curvy, she’ll be plastered all over the covers of magazines. So no, it’s not the same, especially in terms of the message it sends.
      Personally, I don’t care if she loses weight, I think she’s insane to lose this much this fast. You can be monitored all you want but make no mistake, your body might still tell you to eff off. It’s risky and she should know better. If she had to lose this much over a couple of months, fine. But this is simply dumb. I’m sure we’ll hear aaaall about her struggle come promo time. Ugh.

  14. salamanca says:

    She’s slim, very good looking and has boobs (maybe that’s the problem… stupid). She’s very pretty.
    She’s “dolly-like”: she has big eyes, nice oval face and PRODUCERS want her to starve herself a bit, then it’l be more visible.
    I don’t endorse it.

  15. layla says:

    While the writing in The Mail article is ridiculous (She is by no means voluptuous or any other chubby word you care to throw in) – isn’t this HER JOB?

    To call her chubby is wrong. And yes, sends a horrible body image to young girls BUT requiring her lose weight for the role of a dying/sick girl is nothing more than a job requirement.

    Besides, hasn’t she been cast as Fantine for months, perhaps a little healthier foresite would have been a better approach to this.

    Actors are required to physically change all the time. Get bigger, get smaller, leaner, more muscular, long hair, shaved head, grow a beard, endure hours of prostehtic makeup etc… this is no different in a professional perspective.

    *waits for the uproar

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Meh, just give her some cholera water. It’s a more Oscar-friendly mode of loss than say, a tapeworm. There’s a chance that she’s let herself balloon to ‘only somewhat underweight’ for a different role. Doesn’t matter to me, I’ll never see this piece of shit. Frankly, I’m more interested in seeing how a PR team can make gastrointestinal distress sexy. That’s going to be a challenge for them.

      Wasn’t there just another remake of this several years ago? And did anyone give a shit then? So what’s different now, apart from a risible, annoying cast that makes me want to blind myself? So, who here went to see the last remake of Jane Eyre that came out about a week ago? I swear, I can’t frigging take Hollywood?

  16. HadleyB says:

    Why shouldn’t she slim down for a role? Thats her job. It’s not a life long thing to be ultra thin or starve herself .. just the same as when actors gain weight for role.

    No, I want to see them do the real thing as much as possible .. gain weight, lose weigh, cut their hair.. I’d rather NOT see anymore fake crap than I already do.

    Spanx? CGI? Come on. Can the actors GET anymore lazy – they get paid enough.

    If Christian Bale can do it so can anyone else, Tom Hanks did it as well and it fit all those roles perfectly.. I think it shows determination, drive and authenticity.

    I don’t want lame actors like Jennifer Lopez who refuse to even cut her hair for roles such as these.. so Anne carry on with the weight loss.. I am sure she will gain it back. Mila did, Natalie did .. I am not sure why this is such a big issue ..

    Was everyone concerned with Renee Z for Briget Jones for her weight GAIN?

    • Lol says:

      They sure were. I remember all the articles about how Renee was going to mess up her metabolism. She lost so much weight after that years later there is STILL talk.

    • Lol says:

      They sure were. I remember all the articles about how Renee was going to mess up her metabolism. She lost so much weight after that years later there is talk.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Sounds like you want to punish them.

  17. lily says:

    Meh, it’s just for the oscar campaign !

  18. truthful says:

    I love Anne’s body structure, where the hell is she chubby at???

    the media always takes it too far.


  19. LindyLou says:

    She isn’t the only one losing weight for this project. I saw pics of Hugh Jackman looking extremely thin and haggard filming this movie.

  20. Kristen says:

    There is NO WAY that Anne is a size 10. Even if you throw out vanity sizing, she doesn’t even come close to that.

    • liv says:

      it’s a british publication, so a UK size 10 is a US size 6. That’s also why the article said she needed to lose a stone, instead of saying 14 pounds

  21. mike says:

    For all of you saying that if she signed the contract, then she should lose the weight and that it’s no big deal because actors do it too, well, I’ve got a news for you. It is a big deal. And not every contract should or could be enforceable.

    Dramatic weight losses and gains are medically known to be highly detrimental to one’s long-term health.

    I don’t know about Tom Hanks, but Bale is on record as saying that the weight loss for the Machinist was brutal and damaging to his health and that he would never ever again do that again.

    There have been other actors over the years who have sworn off the experience (of dramatic weight gain or loss) after suffering aftereffects years after.

    For someone like Hathway, who’s only a Hollywood chub, losing 16 lb would probably put her under 100 lb, unhealthy for a woman of her size. She better hope that filming doesn’t last long, or else her body’s gonna overcompensate when she starts eating again.

    • HadleyB says:

      But Bale did do it again .. he is always losing weight, or gaining weight for a role. Maybe not as thin as in that movie but he did get quit thin after that for roles.

      And I think if given the right role, oscar worthy, money incentive actors would…

      • mike says:

        No he didn’t.

        Actors lose or gain weight for roles all the time, and there’s nothing particularly wrong with it per se. The key is to not to go overboard.

        There’s a world of difference between Damon getting chunky for a role and Bale getting downright skeletal–and Bale himself now realizes the difference.

      • HoustonGrl says:

        I think he lost quite a lot of weight for The Fighter, but I guess it could have just been makeup…If you compare him to “bulky” Bale from Dark Knight.

        @Mike, I totally agree it is NOT healthy. Losing and gaining weight quickly is bad for the heart.

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  22. HoustonGrl says:

    I totally agree about her “default” body and her having to fight it a bit. I think she’s not one of those naturally petite/muscular type women. I have a very similar body type to her, and I’m just naturally round, even when I’m thin in weight terms. I work out a lot and I will never look super toned. Some bodies just aren’t built that way. I bet she has to work super hard to get in “movie” shape.

  23. BRE says:

    No wonder the gossip is that she is a bridzilla, If I were starving I would be too

  24. beanie says:

    That is redic..why don’t they just digital it like they did with Bella’s wasting away in Twilight?

    • ... says:

      That’s the big question. Maybe not enough money? 😉 Just kidding. But it’s ridiculous, I mean if you are playing somebody who dies or gets raped, you don’t kill yourself or try the experience of being raped in order to play it authentically. It’s called acting, not watching reality tv.

      Give the poor girl some CGI.

      • Sugar says:

        and some carmel to go with those apples!

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Laurence Oliver to Dustin Hoffman, right? These public displays of mental and physical anguish in order to chase down the stature are (at this point), just silly and egotistical parlour tricks. Sometimes for the sake of veracity, you have to do some things, but we’ve going way beyond that, and I frankly don’t care to whom the Best Masochist In A Leading Role goes. Oh wow, she gained a pimple, let’s give her a present! I’m thinking, ‘This is so craven and clammy. I’m no more getting lost in a story than I am watching someone beg for adoration’

        Acting: try it!

    • Boo says:

      Really! Bella looked horrifying…and it was pretty darn convincing. If they could make KStew look like a baby vampire was consuming her from the inside, well hell, surely they could make Anne look hungry.

  25. orion70 says:

    Having seen the 10th and 25th anniversary Les Mis productions, neither featured a Fantine gaunter than Anne Hathaway.

  26. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    I see that in all of this media frenzy it has never occured to the powers that be to mention the name of Victor Hugo. I’m glad that clearly none of them have read it, as the knowledge that a masterpiece is being turned into utter guano would be too much for their semi-literate psyches. I’m sure they’re already over a barrel since they wasted half of their budgets on wigs dating from one of those other conflicts–wait, there was more than one?

    I’m hitchiking off of this planet.

  27. db says:

    Anne probably lobbied like hell for that part, Fantine is choice. And she strikes as the disciplined sort who would want to prove she could do whatever it takes to bring the Fantine realness.

    Have to say how much I absolutely hate with a passion CGI-ing actors. Why bother to have them at all if CGI is going to do the acting for them?

  28. Ramona Q says:

    She has the sex appeal of tap water.

  29. Mrs. Odie 2 says:

    Dustin Hoffman has admitted that conversation between him and Olivier is an urban myth. I looked it up recently.

  30. Laura says:

    I agree with the commenter above, if she’s had the role for a couple of minths she could’ve lost this weight more gradually, aiming for less than half a pound a day! Unless this story is utter BS of course. She’s not gonna be dressed like a modern-day prostitute so I’m guessing there won’t be all that much flesh on display so a small amount of weight loss (maybe a few pounds) plus makeup will suffice.