The Artist formerly known as the Princess…Diaries that is

I absolutely love Anne Hathaway. She is gorgeous, talented, self-aware, and talented. She is appears to be one who knows the difference between celebrity and actress; and realizes that she doesn’t need constant exposure to stay relevant…just great material. The girl has it together. Anne is one who disappears from the spotlight until she has something to promote (Kim K. would disagree with her methods…but then, what’s her talent again?). Anne keeps her personal life personal, and she isn’t working to please others. It is obvious that she truly enjoys her craft.

Anne recently starred as Catwoman in the 3rd installment of the Batman Series: The Dark Knight Rises. In interviews she revealed that the catsuit was the most intimidating part of the role. So while we were all worried that she could never live up to the legacy of Michelle Pfieffer, Anne was concerned with looking good in the catsuit. She needed to be thin and strong. So what did she do? Go into the gym for 10 months and never come out. She also followed an almost vegan diet

—  which includes whole grains to control blood sugar, avocados, almonds, sesame seeds, dark chocolate, bright red and orange vegetables that are high in antioxidants, dark leafy greens, ginger, and turmeric. Keeping her protein levels up to build muscle during intense training sessions was the main challenge she faced, so her professional nutrition coach, Jackie Keller, worked a lot of Seitan and tempeh into the meal plan. Some of her favorite meals included “miso soup, a tempeh club avocado sandwich on gluten-free bread, Tuscan brown rice salad, vegetarian chicken fried steak made with seitan, egg white frittatas, and vegetarian egg rolls.” (That’s why her diet was ‘almost-vegan’ – eggs.)—

Shape Magazine

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Anne recently wrapped filming for Les Miserables, and she got a lot of attention for photos of her seemingly thin frame on the set of the film. She did admit that the role required her to lose weight in order to properly portray the character. She went on a six day detox, subsisting on radishes and hummus, to lose the weight. Of course she noted how miserable it was, causing pimples and extreme hunger…and probably a hate for all things not pizza and burgers.

Her crash diet for the role is no different from the diet of black coffee, an apple a day, and tuna that Christian Bale used to lose 62 pounds for his role in The Machinist. Anything for art.


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