With major roles in the upcoming films “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Les Miserables,” Anne Hathaway‘s career is on a definite upswing. And while her acting is sure to gain plenty of attention once the movies are released, for the past year most of the focus has been on her prep work — particularly her body and diet.
Hathaway admitted that fitting into her skintight catsuit for “The Dark Knight Rises” messed with her head. Last year she was living on “kale and dust” to keep her figure, while her role in “Les Mis” called for a radish and hummus diet plan. Now she’s elaborating on what it took to get ready for these roles, and how they permanently changed her diet.
While preparing for her role as Catwoman, Hathaway spent months at the gym, learning to dance and fight in heels so that she could bring the appropriate physicality and grace to the part. And in tandem with that, she drastically altered her diet.
“Keeping a consistent weight was hard. I worked really hard, but I wouldn’t describe it as killer. I was able to shift my entire life so it became about transforming myself into the character. Everyone in my life understood, and if I went out to meals with friends they understood that I could only go to certain restaurants. It required a ton of hard work and discipline, which I never had to do before,” she told USA Today.
And her role as dying prostitute Fantine in “Les Mis” required even more sacrifice. Not only did she adopt a new pixie cut (her character sells her hair in the film), but she rapidly lost 25 pounds through exercise and a restricted diet.
“She wanted to show the progression of her illness in a visceral way,” said Les Mis director Tom Hooper.
After a year and a half of strenuous diet and exercise, the engaged actress discovered that she wanted to permanently alter the way she ate. A former vegetarian, she went fully vegan while filming “Knight” because she realized she would be less likely to overindulge in unhealthy foods, and would therefore feel better overall.
“After I finished the rooftop fight [scene], I ate four slices of pizza and split a bottle of red wine with my guy. I hadn’t eaten like that in months. I felt so ill. By the time the movie finished, I decided to give veganism a try. You can’t go hog-wild as a vegan. You can eat a lot of pasta and have a few vegan pastries.”
Although that’s not an ideal description of a healthy vegan diet (where are the veggies?!), hopefully Hathaway can find a balance now that filming has wrapped. Here’s hoping her upcoming wedding menu will have plenty of healthy vegan options — vegetables and cake included.