Anne Hathaway Talks Les Mis Diet, Wedding Dress In Vogue

Today is Anne Hathaway‘s 30th birthday, but it looks like we’re the ones getting the present: her December Vogue cover is here!

The image, as predicted, was shot by Annie Leibovitz, and features an emerald-clad Hathaway posing in front of a leafy wall of roses, and her pixie cut slicked back to display a simple set of diamond studs and a pair of somewhat sleepy-looking eyes.

The actress tells writer Adam Green that she was “in a state of deprivation — physical and emotional” when she got home from filming Les Mis. The emotional intensity of the production was without a doubt a major factor, which was only exacerbated by the fact that she shaved 25 pounds off her already-thin frame for the role. How did she do it?, ask tabloid writers everywhere.

“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. ‘I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death,’ she recalls. ‘Looking back on the whole experience—and I don’t judge it in any way—it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.’”

“A little nuts” sounds about right. Clearly she and Elle‘s December cover girl have some different ideas. Jennifer Lawrence asserted to the magazine that she’s “never going to starve [herself] for a part.”

Hathaway also shaved her hair into a near buzz-cut for the role. It has since grown out into a chic cropped ‘do, and it sounds like the actress won’t be coveting long locks anytime soon: “I feel prettier, and much more myself. I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now.”

We surmise that part of this satisfaction has to do with finding true love with actor turned jewelry designer Adam Shulman, whom she married in Big Sur this September. Even if Hathaway’s custom Valentino wedding gown differed slightly from her initial vision. The designer, she tells Vogue, refused to make her a dress with a detachable train, exclaiming: “But it is a dress, not a costume.” But with a result this pretty, we’re happy she listened to the master.

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