June 21, 2012
Incredible shrinking woman ... Anne Hathaway and fiance Adam Shulman in New York earlier this month.
Drastic diets may be a Hollywood specialty but Anne Hathaway's extreme weight loss regime for her new film Les Miserables is in a different league to the standard detox.
In order to convincingly play the musical's heroine, the sickly and impoverished French prostitute Fantine, Hathaway lost more than seven kilos from her already slender physique.
Subsisting on the 500 calorie-per-day regimen of hummus and radishes was no easy task, she told Allure magazine but the toughest bit was forgoing her favourite treat, cheese.
"Cheese is amazing ... [but] once you're over the cheese hump, there's nothing really left," Hathaway says.
But one would be forgiven for worrying that there may soon be nothing left of her either. Between her new ultra slimline figure and super short hair, Hathaway looks little like her old self.
The actress, who's quickly gaining a reputation for radical body re-shaping revealed the physical and psychological toll of preparing for demanding roles.
Of wearing a catsuit to play Catwoman in the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises, Anne said: "[the catsuit was] a psychological terrorist.
"The suit, thoughts of my suit, changing my life so I would fit into that suit... It dominated my year.
"I didn't understand how you could be thin and strong. I went into the gym for 10 months and didn't come out."
Of her speed dieting in preparation for filming Les Miserables, she was quoted as saying: "I'm doing some crazy weight stuff right now. I'm on day six of detox...This diet makes me break out, so I love that.
"Nothing like living on hummus and radishes and then be all, 'And I got a pimple. Yeah!'"
The Devil Wears Prada star told Allure she was told to get Botox when she was just 23, but she ignored the advice.
PA and smh.com.au