All the details of the story from The Daily Mail:
When she was cast as a starving prostitute, Anne Hathaway decided on a drastic way to lose weight – a diet that can only be described as miserable.
The Hollywood star shed nearly 2st for her role as Fantine in the film musical Les Miserables by living on lettuce leaves.
Her ten-year-old British co-star Isabelle Allen, who plays Fantine’s daughter Cosette, described Miss Hathaway’s diet as ‘rabbit food’ and said it left the actress so fragile that she broke her arm in a fall.
Yesterday Miss Hathaway, 30, referred to her diet as ‘starvation’ but refused to reveal details of what she ate to discourage anyone from looking as emaciated as she did as Fantine, a poverty-stricken factory worker forced to turn to prostitution.
In a recent interview she revealed she had shed 25lb for the role – 10lb in three weeks before filming and 15lb during production. ‘I just had to stop eating for a total of 13 days shooting,’ she said.
Yesterday Miss Hathaway said: ‘I was on a starvation diet to look like I was near death in a film… but I went at it with a plan and I had a guide, a nutritionist kind of helped me with it.’
Isabelle, who features on the poster for Les Miserables, which opened in the UK last night and is tipped for glory at next month’s Oscars, said she saw the extreme lengths Miss Hathaway went to for her role.
The pair had lunch in New York after the film’s premiere last year and Miss Hathaway was drawn to the chips that Isabelle was eating.
‘She said “this is real food” or something like that. Well it was because obviously she’d been eating… I call it rabbit food, because she was only eating salad and greens and vegetables because of her diet, because of her character.’
She added that Miss Hathaway had broken her arm because ‘she was so thin and fragile. She was riding a bike and she broke her arm’.
Isabelle, who lives near Eastbourne, East Sussex, said she treated Miss Hathaway as ‘a big sister’ during the filming and admitted she has wanted to be like her since she saw her in The Princess Diaries.
Eating disorder campaigners say the time the two spent together may not have been good for Isabelle and warned that the film industry has a ‘toxic preoccupation with extreme thinness’.
But Isabelle’s mother Elaine said: ‘From start to finish it was obvious [Miss Hathaway] was doing it for the role. The day she finished filming she said she could start eating again and I think it was a relief.’