Anne Hathaway comes of age, impresses co-stars



By Amanda Powell

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Anne Hathaway is the talk of Hollywood.

She was Selina, better known as Catwoman, in “The Dark Knight Rises,” and she cut off all her hair and went through dramatic weight loss for the role of Fantine in “Les Miserables.”

Now she is on the cover of the December Vogue.

In her piece, Hathaway dishes about why she cut off her locks and lost weight, and what she plans to do next.

According to Adam Green for Vogue, Hathaway had to do extensive training to prepare for her role in the long-awaited Batman film.

But her preparation for Fantine was much more extensive.

“She had to look simultaneously emaciated and radiant. 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,” Green said.

She really wanted to feel like her character, but she does think that the extent she took her transformation may have been a little crazy.

“I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death,” Hathaway said.

Since “Les Miserables” is a musical, Hathaway also worked with voice coach Joan Lader.

Green said Hathaway’s costars were immediately impressed with her talent.

Amanda Seyfried, who plays Cosette in the film, said, “As soon as I heard her sing, I was like, ‘Oh, shit. I’ve got to up my game big time.’ ”

Hugh Jackman, playing Jean Valjean, said, “After Annie’s first day of rehearsal, I said to Tom (Hooper, the director), ‘You can just turn the camera on, digitally remove the script from her hands, and she’s going to win the Academy Award.’ ”

It took time for Hathaway to recover from her deep interest in the part.

“The first time I really threw everything into a part, which was when I did ‘Rachel Getting Married,’ there was no one waiting for me when I got back. This time, Adam was there. He gets what I do and who I am and supports me in it, and that’s pretty awesome,” Hathaway said.

She is referring to her new husband, Adam Shulman. They were recently married in Big Sur, Ca.

Hathaway and Shulman dated for four years and got engaged last year.

Aside from being a newlywed, Hathaway is working on “Rio 2” and Steven Spielberg’s “Robopocalypse.”

The gangly, awkward teenager from “The Princess Diaries” is no more.

Hathaway has made a lasting career for herself and she is now a respected actress.