Anne Hathaway is apparently eating 500 calories per day in an effort to shed 16 pounds for her role in Les Miserables—or at least, a few scenes of the film. Unlike other roles that have required Hathaway to lose weight (like Catwoman, for example), her role as Fantine—a prostitute who dies and later returns as a ghost—only calls for her to look emaciated for some of the time she spends on screen. Which, for an already-thin actress, wouldn’t be too hard to accomplish with CGI. So why should Anne Hathaway starve herself, or even lose any weight at all?
With only three weeks to lose a significant amount of weight, Hathaway is said to be eating nothing but apples and protein shakes in order to quickly transform herself for scenes in which she’s either dying or a ghost, according to an unnamed source:
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.
She isn’t the first actress or actor to lose an extraordinary amount of weight for a role, but this is so blatantly unhealthy that it’s hard not to cringe (despite the fact that it was Hathaway’s choice to take the role…and she’s getting well-compensated for her work).