Anne Hathaway on a 500-calorie diet, gargling with egg whites for ‘Les Mis’

These are photos of Anne Hathaway on the London set of Les Miserables a few weeks ago. As you can see, this was when Anne was freshly shorn for her role as Fantine. I’m still not crazy about the cut, but at least Anne didn’t do it to be trendy – she did it for the character, because she’s THAT committed to the role. And she probably thinks the dramatic hair cut will help with her Oscar chances too. But I’m worried about Anne, Oscar campaign or no Oscar campaign. This hair cut does not look cute on her, and I worry that it’s going to be really rough on her as she grows it out. I could be wrong, of course. But I don’t think Anne will be able to pull off a gamine pixie cut.

Another thing that’s worrying me about Anne: her weight loss. She looks thinner in these photos, and there have been several reports about the “crash diet” she’s on so that she can look deathly for the role. The Mail reported a month ago that Anne was trying to lose 16 pounds in three weeks, and now The Mail claims that to keep the weight off (temporarily), Anne is subsisting on 500 calories a day:

Life really is miserable for Hollywood star Anne Hathaway. The 29-year-old, who is filming the musical Les Miserables in London, has been gargling with egg whites every morning to help her voice sound as smooth as possible.

This is on top of a miserly diet – she is reported to be on just 500 calories a day so she can look super-thin in the role of dying prostitute Fantine.

‘Anne isn’t a professional singer and is not used to pushing her voice. She’s not talking for eight hours at a time when she isn’t working and gargling with egg whites to coat her throat and keep her vocals silky-smooth,’ says a source. ‘She knows this is the ultimate test as to whether she’s a credible musical star.’

[From The Mail]

Poor Anne. I wonder how much longer she has on the film. Probably only a few weeks more, I’d think. And then it’s back to talking like a regular person and eating real food. I’ve never heard of the “gargling with egg whites” thing. Does that work? All I’ve heard is stuff about tea and honey.

You know what sucks for Anne? Next up for her is the promotion for The Dark Knight Rises. She’s going to have to do a month full of red carpets and interviews with this hair. Poor Annie. Incidentally, at CinemaCon last week, the chairman of Universal debuted some footage of Les Mis, and it just happened to be Anne singing “I Dreamed A Dream”. Yeah… the studio is totally making Anne the centerpiece of the Oscar campaign for Les Miserables. So… there’s the payoff.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. mln76 says:

    I don’t believe this only because she doesn’t look that thin. I think this is exaggerating. But it might win her that Oscar so what does she care?

    • Annie says:

      I think here a lot of it is just makeup to make her look sickly.

    • says:

      I agree! She looks like she lost at most 5 lbs, not 16. I hope it’s only makeup but girl looks like she aged 16 years overnight.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        I also agree. She looks hideous and sickly but not really underweight.

        That hair and some artfully applied make up, would make almost anyone look sickly. It’s not even shaved it’s hacked.

  2. Bite me aka aniston says:

    Huvane actually rep some talented people with the exception of one

  3. Krock says:

    Don’t be too concerned about her hair, at least it will grow back. Shes lucky. Mine fell out and is never coming back.

    I do agree about her weight though.

    • smith says:

      Wait what do you mean it “fell out?”

      Best wishes, you’re obviously going through something …

    • Darlene says:

      I have permanent adult hair loss too, related to an auto-immune disorder. I’m sorry for you. It’s hard to lose hair as a woman. Have you found ? There is good info there written by a woman in the same boat as we are. It doesn’t sell anything, it’s just informative and thought-provoking.

      I wish you well.

      • gg says:

        God bless you both. I lost mine due to chemotherapy and although it has come back thinner with little bald spots, I am thankful for what I have. I full well know what it feels like to be stared at, glared at, pitied (you don’t want it), and almost admonished for not wearing a wig in 100-degree weather. My attitude was bite me, I don’t have to wear a wig for YOU. Older men actually gave me negative looks. Shame on them.

        More information about alopecia out in the public is the answer to not making people feel like outcasts, or more “edgy” than they would have usually preferred.

    • Candyland says:

      That sucks, Krock. Your right, Anne’s will grow back.

      This thread beats talking about Mel Gibson. Any day.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      OMG! I’m so sorry for the 3 of you. I loathe my hair but I would loathe to be without it even more.

      @gg I can’t believe people give you dirty looks for not wearing a wig.

      Yesterday there was a woman going through chemo in my Zumba class. This is LA so I wouldn’t have noticed had she not had the bandana on.

      I admire her so much for keeping fit during this ordeal. That class is not easy – three women walked out. I wanted to tell her that I admired her, but I thought it might come off as rude or pitying vs. admiration, so I kept it to myself. I’m sure the good vibes made it to her and to you.

      I’m still shocked by some people’s attitudes.

  4. RocketMerry says:

    I can’t help it, I really, really, REALLY dislike her. I find her acting insufferable and irritatingly exaggerated and she strikes me as a person who plays sickeningly sweet when she’s in public but is manipulative and calculating in reality. I don’t know; gut feeling.

    Her performance better be super if it has to convince critics that are still harder than random internet bitches like myself!

    • Seagulls says:

      She bugs me, too, for similar reasons. Actually, she reminds me very much of a former class,ate who was all eyes and mouth and bitchery.

    • Marjalane says:

      Thank you for saying it first; The only thing I’ve even remotely liked her in was, “Prada” and I think that was because Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt were so good. Something’s off with her.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

      I agree whole heartedly :) Prada was a good book, the movie was awful, I couldn’t sit through the first 10 minutes, this chick is just not a convincing actress, the Les Mis role should have gone to Jennifer Aniston instead, she would have been more convincing in the role of fantine, and Rachel can spice up any movie.

      • kira says:

        Aniston? That’s a joke right?

        I can just see her playing Fantine, the impoverished, dying prostitute w/her hair perfectly highlighted, and her orange-y fake tan. Then, she’ll play with her hair, and sing in her whiny, Rachel voice.

        Bwahaha :-)

      • ZenB!tch says:

        Aniston… LMAO!!!

    • stinky says:

      testify. we’re in the minority & I can’t (for the life of me) understand why… she is SUCH a craptastic actress! why does she get praise?? big tits, big eyes, photogenic. Whatever that movie was where she was an angry, troubled sister of a bride? she was embarassing to watch! such a try-hard. lord. could i do better? not saying that – just saying wtf – who thinks she can act? sidenote: the color of that costume would make ANYone look like death.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Oh, man, that whoever getting married movie was a mess. I couldn’t even stand to watch more than a couple minutes of it.

        28 Days (Sandra Bullock & Viggo Mortenson) was MUCH better.

    • Beatriz says:

      Cosign this 100% I find her insufferable for some reason -_-

  5. Eleonor says:

    O my, I thought that was Hillary Swank!

  6. Ming says:

    Please no, I just saw Christian Bales “The Machinist” over the weekende and oh god no please, he/his character looked like Twiggy after a fat removal.

    Isn’t acting about a fake reality, an illusion ? Just CGI the poor woman like Jeff Bridges in Tron 2.

    • Liv says:

      Yeah, exactly! Don’t know why actors have to loose much weight in times of CGI!

      • gg says:

        Partly because CGI-ing somebody for an entire film is expen$ive when the person can just lose a little weight.

      • Liv says:

        Yeah, when they need to loose just a bit weight – but as far as I know, Anne’s character is supposed to look like she’s dying (?).

        It’s ridiculous to loose that much weight to look like you are dying right now.

    • Anait says:

      I think you’re right, but as someone wrote in other comments: she can have something to talk about during an Oscar campaign.
      By the way: she is naturally thin, never see her with some fat on her bones.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        Agree. She may have been even thinner for Bride Wars.

      • Emma - the JP lover says:

        @Anuit, who wrote: “By the way: she is naturally thin, never see her with some fat on her bones.”

        People keep saying that, but I think Anne has a tendency to be ‘hippy’ with large thighs, and she works very hard to keep them trim.

        Did you see “The Princess Diaries 2: the Royal Wedding?”. All I can see in the ‘stairway’ scene with Anne and Chris Pine (after his uncle tells him to woo her) is how unflattering those jeans look on her because of her hips and thighs.

    • Marianne says:

      Some actors like to physically transform for their roles because it puts them into their characters mind set. Just like some actors stay in character off set. I wonder if they went the Natalie Portman/V for Vendetta way and actually filmed her in costume, having her hair cut off to catch her real response/emotion?

  7. Neelyo says:

    It’s too early in the morning for that face.

  8. Monkey Jim says:

    I think she looks awful. She doesn’t have the features to pull the hair off, she looks harsh, not gamine. And she’s too thin. How terrible to put yourself through that clusterfuck just for the chance of awards and adulation. Oh, and I’m calling is now – bet her wedding to that dude never happens…Oo!

  9. Mi says:

    She doesn’t look thinner than usual to me, I think it’s just the hair and makeup that does it. If you look at some photos of her about in London she looks like usual but with short hair.

  10. Gwen says:

    OT: but WHY have they made Hugh look like Mel Gibson?! :O

    • WickedSteppMom says:

      Oh my HELL, I didn’t even realize that was HIM! I just kept thinking, “That guy looks vaguely familiar, and not in just a crazy ranting, homeless guy sort of way.”

    • Candyland says:

      Looked at paintings of the French Revolution and the men looked like this.

      Just gonna ignore the Mel G. part, ugh.

  11. Bella says:

    thought it was a guy… dont care for her,I dont understand her “fame”

  12. katie says:

    Oh wow. She looks terrible. I know she’s supposed to for the role, but it’s still a little disturbing. Also, actors losing and gaining weight for roles seems extreme and dangerous to me.

  13. Anahata says:

    I think she’s lovely. Funny too.

  14. lower-case deb says:

    from adele i learned about tea and honey.
    from america’s got talent i learned about olive oil.
    from les mis i learned about egg whites.

    you learn something new every day :)

  15. Mimi says:

    Get ugly, superskinny or whatever and oscar is yours. Btw do we really need another another another of another another version of “Les Mis” (it sounds like title of kinky porn ;-) )

  16. Ycnan says:

    Jeepers, it’s only hair!

  17. Gia says:

    She is a classic drama club nerd. Ever since the Oscars debacle I can’t get that annoying…whatever that was…out of my head. Pretty embarrassing to be honest.

  18. mia girl says:

    I’m more interested in what’s going on with Jackman’s hair (?!). I LOVE him and I love the character of Jean Valjean, so Tom Hooper better not muck it up the meeting of my two loves.

    As for Anne, yea, with these stories it seems like she’s is starting a Natalie Portman-type campaign path to the Oscar. But I’d think Anne’s would be a nomination for supporting role Oscar, if they are faithful to the musical.

  19. Mich says:

    Wow. Turns out her hair really is her best asset.

  20. Tiffany says:

    I don’t know a whole lot about Les Miz, but her charater is dying. Correct? So Anne looking haggard is par for thr course, yes.

    • Marianne says:

      She does end up dying of TB, but she is also starving because she’s poor.

    • SLM says:

      Yes, @Tiffany… exactly. Everyone here seems to be saying that Anne looks bad to win an Oscar. She looks bad because Fantine is a rough-looking character, lived a hard life and dying, and it is probably what the director demanded.
      Seems like there are very few Les Miserables fans in this discussion. I get chills thinking of Hugh Jackman singing Who Am I or Bring Him Home…

  21. T.C. says:

    Poor Anne? It’s only a hair cut she’s not dying of cancer. This is all crazy P.R. For that Oscar. She cuts her hair and loses a few pounds big deal. Let’s not go over board thinking she is doing something exceptional here. The award should be on performance not the best media whore. Sorry to be harsh but I’m already sick of her Oscar campaign BEFORE she filmed one minute of the movie.

  22. serena says:

    It’s a pity but she really looks awful.

  23. Agnes says:

    the idea of gargling with egg whites just made me dry heave.

  24. chloe says:

    In the movie business don’t they go into a sound studio after shooting to record the songs and some of the voice tracks, I imagine they would sub over what she’s singing right now so I wouldn’t understand why she’s killing herself now, I remember during the Nine interviews a lot of the actresses talked about going to Abbey Roads studio to record their songs. Maybe they mean all she is eating is egg whites right now, to loose the weight.

    • Marianne says:

      Apparently they have been singing live on set.

      • EJV says:

        I hope she went to a voice teacher or is in the protection of a voice teacher during this process… by the looks of those pictures and the egg whites comment, she isn’t. She looks to be pushing her voice, which is never good and experimenting with God only knows what to keep her voice slick? As a classical singer who teaches voice to people in all genres, she is not singing with proper technique and who knows what her cords are going to look like after this. If I were Anne I would seek help soon. Why on earth would this director be shooting live singing when the only non amplified singing done in theatre now is opera.I hope this isn’t true. All musical theatre is micked. Not to mention, what is the fun in watching a singer strain while singing? That is not authentic…authenticity is emotion, expression, and devotion to your craft so that the audience can enjoy your performance, whatever the avenue.

  25. lucy2 says:

    She doesn’t look good (not supposed to, obviously) but I don’t think she’s lost that much weight.

  26. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Poor girl. If they are trying to make her look like a victim of a concentration camp, goal achieved.

  27. ladybert62 says:

    I like her haircut and I think when she gets back to doing regular makeup she will look better.

  28. imabrat says:

    I think she looks fine and will BE fine. Someone else may cause reason for concern, but I don’t think Anne Hathaway is a dullard by any means. I’m pretty sure she would know how far to push her self.

  29. cupidityrox says:

    Y didn’t they just get Emmy Rossum for this role? She’s an incredible singer and actress. Screw hollywood casting choices

  30. Ravensdaughter says:

    OMG-let this film wrap up for her quickly…

  31. jellyfish says:

    I hope she wins an oscar for this, because she looks terrible.

  32. ramona says:

    I studied voice for fifteen years and never once encountered a teacher who suggested gargling with egg whites to keep the voice sounding “smooth”.

    And I think it’s silly to cast someone who can’t handle a demanding vocal role in a demanding vocal role.

  33. MBGB says:

    Oh she’s filming a movie? I thought perhaps she had escaped from North Korea.

  34. picopink says:

    I thought the same thing as other posters- why didn’t they go after Emmy Rossum for this role? Maybe they did and she turned it down since she is in the Shameless series. Poor Anne, she looks pitiful..not an attractive look for her. At least she can always wear wigs for her upcoming red carper appearances. Her hair was her best feature imo.

  35. G says:

    Refreshing to see an actor act and actually play her character instead of just going for glamour shots. They’re only going to make Les Mis once. Make it right.

    Why would she have voice problems? Aren’t they lip synching to a master recording?

  36. Alyce says:

    This is exactly why I was so annoyed when people were complaining about Jennifer Lawrence looking “too healthy” in the HG. I mean, Anne looks AWFUL! We shouldn’t require actresses to screw up their bodies for life for a role – Fast weight loss or weight gain just isn’t healthy!

  37. Jane says:

    Kaiser, of all the things to worry about, you pick an actress who voluntarily cuts her hair and loses weight for a movie role? Really?

    First, you can’t be sure the 500 calorie a day diet is true. Even if it is, I would think the studio would make sure she is under a doctor’s care. They don’t want their star to get sick, it would be too expensive and Annie seems very level headed. I doubt she would be stupid enough to starve herself to the point of damage to her body.

    Second, worrying for her about her hair growing out leaves me speechless.

  38. Isa says:

    Her eys and mouth take up so much of her face.

    • gg says:

      But that’s exactly why I think she’s so pretty. Big eyes and big mouth = GOOD. Small eyes and small mouth, nobody likes that.

      • Isa says:

        You’re right about not finding small eyes or mouths attractive. But Anne’s features are just not pretty to me. It’s as if we are seeing the through a magnifying glass.

  39. Navy Blue says:

    She is such a try hard. That’s what oozes out of her. Only ambition.

    • stinky says:

      (she IS the one sitting in the front of the class, always w/ something to say, kissing ass, having the last word. always. this is all i can imagine w/ her… heehee)

  40. moo says:

    After eons of very long hair, I cut it all off about a year ago. Her hair looks like mine when I just wake up…. all smooshy and goofy looking. I bet if she styles it with gel and puts on some make up, she’s gonna look good!

    • gg says:

      Same here, growing mine out. It does something weird every morning. Learning how to use hair products is a bitch!

  41. Michele says:

    Between that awful haircut and the drastic weight loss, she looks terrible. She actually looks sickly.

    • Original Lucy says:

      um….thats the whole point…remember…for the role of a sick and dying girl…I don’t think she did it on urpose and thought..damn, I look good!

  42. nikzilla37 says:

    They managed to make both her and Jackman look like complete shit. I know it’s for the film, just sayin’.

  43. jesstar says:

    Meh, no biggie.

    Its not like she’s drastically starving herself normally like other actresses. She can always get a weave for batman promos. Its not like they are a secret beauty trick.

  44. the original bellaluna says:

    She looks awful (and that’s being kind), but I guess that’s the point.

    As far as gargling egg-whites, I used to sing, and I’ve never heard of it. We drank plain hot water.

    But I guess since egg-whites are slimey, they’d keep your vocal cords lubricated. Unfortunately, they’d also make me vom, which is bad for the vocal cords.

  45. I have such issues with Russell Crow as Javert. There is only one Javert for me, my friend Terrence Mann.

  46. laurielou2 says:

    Good grief. What an ugly woman. How did that get into the entertainment industry?

  47. gg says:

    Maybe I’m the only person on here who likes her and thinks she will do fine.

  48. Amanda says:

    I hope she’s being supervised. You can do serious damage to your body by only eating 500 calories a day. I admire her dedication to her role but I don’t think it’s worth it.

  49. Camille (The original) says:

    The next Oscar season is going to be painful. Its going to be ALL ABOUT Anne. Ugh.

  50. AnnieC says:

    God, she is such a boring person! Why??!

  51. BlackSwan777 says:

    She had the most beautiful hair! She must want that oscar BAD!

  52. lisa says:

    I’m not interested in seeing this. But maybe there is an audience.

    Anne reminds me of Sarah Jessica Parker. Not in appearance, but how they talk in interviews. They both are overly gushing about everything.

    I doubt the 500 calorie thing is true. If it is we will hear Anne talk about how she suffered for the role. And how and actor has to “become the character’ to bring it alive.

    OK. add Kate Winslet to that too. She sounds like the none gushing part of Anne.

  53. jane says:


  54. Penguin says:

    It’s fine if she’s only doing it for 3 wks.

  55. Mrs. Odie 2 says:

    She looks just like my MIL with that hair.

  56. FACE says:

    Poor gal. She looks gaunt…

    As for quick singing tricks for both the singing and non-singing, never heard of egg whites – sounds like a fun way to get salmonella poisoning. We (musical theater/lounge) singer folk always stuck/stick by a tablespoon of olive oil, slowly drizzled down the throat so as to coat. Might not help with the 500 calorie a day restriction, but it really does take the most tortured/untrained voice and make it sound golden and smooth, nomatter how mistreated. Try it out.

  57. erin says:

    she looks sickly :(