I’ve ragged on the Anne Hathaway Les Miserables PR tactic of constantly discussing her weight loss, but her interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show is forcing me to renege (a little) on my constant complaints. When asked how she lost 25 pounds to play the role of Fantine, Hathaway finally did the right thing: She explained that she didn’t want to inadvertently give quick weight loss advice to her fans, and then…she actually didn’t talk about her weight loss. Finally!
If you haven’t seen headlines, here’s a brief recap: Hathaway lost 25 pounds for her role in Les Mis to get down to a disturbingly low weight to play Fantine, a character who is supposed to be dying. So far, tabloids and magazines have provided varying accounts about what she (didn’t) eat to lose weight quickly on set. In interviews leading up to the film’s release, Anne Hathaway has mostly discussed two things: Her haircut (she also cut off her long locks for the role), and her weight. And while she hasn’t been overwhelmingly vocal about her diet or training routine, she has talked at length about how starving herself made her feel, and it’s become the primary topic in nearly every interview (despite her having plenty of other interesting things to discuss).
But today, when Matt Lauer grilled her on the grueling experience of prepping for Les Miserables, she fired back with the smartest response we’ve heard yet:
Matt: You said a second ago that in one of those scenes, you were at your thinnest. […] As someone who has worked out next to you at a gym, you don’t have 25 pounds to lose. How did you even go about it?
Anne: Oh, you don’t want to know. Honestly…it’s upsetting to talk about.
Matt: That way? It was really…you…just nothing? Deprivation? Or worse?
[Anne remains silent for a minute.]
Anne: Not worse. I get nervous talking about it because I find that I don’t want to be seen as trying to glamorize it. There’s a lot of talk, a lot of pressure especially on young girls to lose weight. … I didn’t do it to “get hot,” I did it to look like I was dying.
They conclude by agreeing that the overall message is “do not try this at home.” Which is really all that should have been said in the first place.
Watch her response for yourself and tell us what you think:
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