Anne Hathaway: I Cried Like A ‘Mental Patient’ Following ‘Les Miserables’ Haircut
Anne Hathaway has said she was “inconsolable” after having all her hair cut off for ‘Les Miserables’.
The actress, who plays a destitute single mother in the Tom Hooper-directed musical adaptation, told The Mirror that she struggled to come to terms with her radical new look.
“It was done and I took a few beats and then looked into the mirror,” she said.
“I called my husband [fellow actor Adam Shulman] and was on the phone with him. I looked in the mirror and I said ‘I look like my gay brother. I’m just Man Hathaway’.”
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She added: “I realised I couldn’t take it back. It had the effect of changing my identity. I was reduced to a mental patient level of crying… I was inconsolable.
“I put it up there with the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do, which I wasn’t expecting. I didn’t think I was that vain.
“There was nothing I could do to prepare for it. You train the stunt, you sing the song, you train your voice. This was just letting it happen and accepting whatever the results were going to be.”
Explaining her own decision to do the haircut for real, she recalled: “I offered Tom the option of cutting my hair. It was always something that I knew in the back of my mind I’d be willing to do for a character if it was ever right.
“So when I got cast and I read the script, and I knew they were keeping the hair cutting in, and then I read the book and it’s such a devastating scene, I thought doing it for real might raise the stakes a bit.
“And I guess in the back of my mind, I thought it if was a painful experience watching her haircut, then watching her teeth get pulled would be really painful. And then, of course, when she becomes a prostitute, I just thought they’re going to be with her feeling that alongside her.
“And as an actor, it was great to be able to authentically communicate a physical transformation.”
The star is considered a frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her role.