POSTED: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 6:48pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 9:39pm
Near Starvation Diet for "Les Mis" Role
(CNN) -- As she celebrates her 30th birthday Monday, Anne Hathaway's feeling pretty satisfied.
She may be 25 pounds lighter and without a cascading mane -- hair and body fat being two things she shed for her role in Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables" - but she's married her "true love," Adam Shulman, and is set to premiere Christmas Day in the role of her dreams with "Les Mis."
And when Hathaway says "true love," as the actress tells Vogue in its new issue, she means it: "the full-on romantic, till-death-do-us-part real deal."
The interview was conducted before her November 12 birthday, but Hathaway was already easing into the big 3-0 with glee.
"I'm turning 30, and - I hope this isn't obnoxious to say - I feel prettier, and much more myself," she says. "I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now."
It's a good thing she was able to adopt that outlook, because playing the role of Fantine in "Les Mis" demanded that the actress first drop 10 pounds, and then another 15 in two weeks. She had to stick to what Vogue describes as a "near-starvation diet" made up of "two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste" per day.
"I had to be obsessive about it - the idea was to look near death," she tells the magazine. "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."
As one can imagine, that devotion to becoming her character did leave Hathaway with some reality re-entry issues.
"I was in such a state of deprivation - physical and emotional. When I got home, I couldn't react to the chaos of the world without being overwhelmed. It took me weeks till I felt like myself again," Hathaway says. But that's where her now-husband stepped in.
"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," she recalls. "He gets what I do and who I am and supports me in it, and that's pretty awesome."