When an actor or actress agrees to something as extreme as “method acting”, he or she can end up receiving a ton of praise and Oscar recognition for going all out in the role. However, there are a few physical and mental consequences with method acting for the performer in question even if the performance turns out incredible. This is the case for Anne Hathaway in her Oscar-winning role as Fantine in Les Misérables in 2012.
In a recent interview with People magazine, the actress mentioned she was not in a good place during that time and lost about 25 pounds in a matter of two weeks. Discussing her performance, she said, “I didn’t know anything about nutrition. I taxed my body, and my brain bore the brunt of it for a while. I just felt very anxious and very lost at that time.” The weight loss was hard to heal from. She also mentioned her marriage led to an identity crisis, describing it as follows: “Even the most positive thing can be upheavals to your identity.”
Fortunately, however, Hathaway’s life has gotten back on track since her transformation for Les Misérables. The actress is appearing in films today, she feels comfortable at a healthy weight, and she is enjoying life as a mother. When commenting on her progress since Les Misérables, Hathaway stated, “I feel much emptier now. It would have been nice if had happened then, but I’ll still take it.”