In Allure’s July issue (available on newsstands June 26th), Anne Hathaway talked about her experience getting into shape for her role as Selina Kyle/Catwoman for Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated conclusion to his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. In particular, she talks about how she made an enemy of the Catwoman jumpsuit, and how it permanently changed her relationship with her body.
“The Catwoman suit. It was a psychological terrorist … the suit, thoughts of my suit, changing my life so I would fit into that suit … it dominated my year. I didn’t understand how you could be thin and strong. I went into the gym for ten months and didn’t come out,” she admitted.
The Catwoman suit has been criticized for straying too far from Catwoman’s comic book incarnations. Early leaked photos of the catsuit got negative reactions on the internet, prompting Hathaway to respond, “If you didn’t like the photo, you only see about a 10th of what that suit can do,” according to HuffPo.
According to the New York Daily News, Hathaway’s troubles with her body have continued as she attempts to lose a crazy amount of weight to portray starved factory worker and prostitute Fantine in Les Mis.
“I’m on day six of detox … this diet makes me break out, so I love that,” she joked. “Nothing like living on hummus and radishes and then be all, ‘And I got a pimple. Yeah!'”
Hathaway has always boasted a comely figure, but her discipline as an actress is apparent due to the demands of her roles lately. According to Hathaway, the hardest part about whipping your body into shape is giving up cheese. “Cheese is amazing … (but) once you’re over the cheese hump, there’s nothing really left.”
I wonder if she learned that trick from TDKR co-star Christian Bale, who infamously and dramatically went down to 100 pounds for a role in 2004’s The Machinist.