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Anne Hathaway has made quite a transformation for her role in Les Miserables, and apparently it hasn't been the most positive experience. She was forced to go on an intense "depravation diet" and cut off her long brown locks to play ill-fated prostitute Fantine, and the actress says her metamorphosis has wreaked havoc on her body.
"I'm doing some crazy weight stuff right now. I'm on day six of detox," she tells Allure in their July issue. "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!'"
Fortunately, Hathaway already has some experience in transforming her body for a role. The 29-year-old next appears as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, and she says that making sure she was fit to wear that famous skin-tight suit "dominated my year."
"It was a psychological terrorist," she says of the way the suit changed her relationship with her body. "The suit, thoughts of my suit, changing my life so I would fit into that suit.... I didn't understand how you could be thin and strong. I went into the gym for 10 months and didn't come out."
Hathaway has seemingly done everything for the sake of cinema. She got naked (a lot) for Love and Other Drugs ("I'm as vain as the next girl, but I think it's my job to show people as they live, and nudity is part of life," she says); went dark to play a recovering alcoholic in Rachel Getting Married; and even went British for the romantic dramedy One Day. But there's one thing she isn't ready to depict on the big screen until she's experienced for herself: giving birth.
Hathaway was originally up for the lead role in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up (which eventually went to Katherine Heigl) but she passed on it because of the birthing scene at the end of the film -- though not because it was too graphic.
"My issue with it was that having not experienced motherhood myself, I didn't know how I was gonna feel on the other side about giving birth," she says. "And by the way," she adds, laughing, "I could pop a kid out and think, 'Oh, well, I really should have done that movie.'"
Considering she is engaged to boyfriend of three years Adam Shulman, Hathaway could be heading down the path to parenthood very soon. And, while she doesn't know how many children she'll end up having, she does have this to say in Allure: "I'll start with one healthy one." That's a solid plan if we've ever heard one.