Anne Hathaway Covers ‘Vogue’ Magazine’s December Issue

Plus The Cast Of 'Les Misérables' Photographed by Annie Leibovitz

They’re finally here! Ever since we saw Rihanna‘s Vogue cover shoot I’ve been waiting for Anne Hathaway‘s photos to drop, and here they are! We just saw the newly-married actress being all amazing and awesome on Saturday Night Live and now we get to see her being super-fab for the December issue of Vogue. Annie Leibovitz shot these photos as well, and she also did a separate shoot with Anne‘s co-stars from Les Misérables. Peep the gallery to see a few of the amazing photos (the rest of them are at Vogue) and click inside to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot, and to read some excerpts from the interview. Anne talks Les Mis, her mother (a musical theatre actress), and the mother she hopes to one day become.

Anne Hathaway for Vogue

[Les Misérables Director] Hooper calls, “Cut!” and the lewd, hard-bitten lovely ladies instantly soften into a bunch of fresh-faced chorus girls surrounding Hathaway. “That was a-ma-zing!” one of them says.

“Thank you,” Hathaway whispers in the English accent that she has adopted for the role, before resting on a stool to soak her feet in a bucket. At some point, she spots me and beckons me over. “Aren’t you going to tell me how great I look?” she asks. I stammer for a moment, searching for a compliment, and she smiles wanly. “I’m just teasing,” she says. “Welcome to my world.”

A few months later, Hathaway seems much more in her element at a vegan-friendly restaurant in L.A.’s Silver Lake district, which has recently been named by Forbes magazine as America’s best hipster neighborhood. Hathaway is known for walking the red carpet in Valentino or Stella McCartney, but I can report that she also looks pretty swell in a T-shirt and jeans. Her hair is still short, though the cut now qualifies more as pixie than political prisoner. “I love the short-haired lifestyle,” Hathaway tells me with a laugh (she laughs a lot). “It’s awesome that I was able to go for a hike right before I came here to meet you, quickly wash my hair, and now it’s dry.” The only downside, she says, is having to get her hair cut every three weeks. “But I’m turning 30, and—I hope this isn’t obnoxious to say—I feel prettier, and much more myself. I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now.”

Hathaway had already gotten in kick-ass shape for her role in The Dark Knight Rises—she became a vegan and spent ten months lifting weights, learning martial arts, and practicing yoga. For her role in Les Mis, she had to look simultaneously emaciated and radiant. Before the start of shooting, she went on a strict cleanse and lost ten pounds, which in the early scenes of the film gives her a gossamer quality. She then took two weeks off and lost another fifteen pounds by following a near-starvation diet, consisting of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day. “I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death,” she recalls. “Looking back on the whole experience—and I don’t judge it in any way—it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.”

Hathaway had already gotten in kick-ass shape for her role in The Dark Knight Rises—she became a vegan and spent ten months lifting weights, learning martial arts, and practicing yoga. For her role in Les Mis, she had to look simultaneously emaciated and radiant. Before the start of shooting, she went on a strict cleanse and lost ten pounds, which in the early scenes of the film gives her a gossamer quality. She then took two weeks off and lost another fifteen pounds by following a near-starvation diet, consisting of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day. “I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death,” she recalls. “Looking back on the whole experience—and I don’t judge it in any way—it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.”

As Hathaway prepares for the release of Les Misérables this month, she finds herself looking back to the first time she saw her mother play Fantine, more than 20 years ago. She recognizes the irony that her mother’s last role before giving up her life as a professional actor (she dropped out of the Les Mis tour halfway through) was a woman who sacrifices everything for her daughter. “It made me think about how fiercely she loved us,” Hathaway says. “And now, of course, with me having this beyond-my-wildest-dreams success in my own career—and beyond the success, the joy I take just getting to be an actor—knowing what that must have been like for her to put that aside for the good of her children. Oh, my God. I want to be a mother, and I anticipate loving my children quite fiercely. I think about it all the time, though it’s a silly thing to think about because the kind of mother I’ll be depends on the kind of children I have. I can’t wait to meet them.”

For now, she feels as if she’s right where she’s meant to be. “I’d feel a little silly and overly dramatic to say that this feels like destiny,” she says. “But to have this come full circle in such a spectacular way—it’s making me very happy.” She thinks about it for a moment and laughs. “OK, it feels a little like destiny.”

Read more at Vogue. I haven’t made it through the whole piece yet, but it’s so great to hear what Anne Hathaway has to say about this huge new role, so I’m looking forward to finishing. What do you guys think of the cover story? I’m getting more and more excited for this movie!

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  1. Commented on this photo:

    Her makeup reminds me of 80s Eurythmics Annie Lennox.

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