Anne Hathaway says her colleagues on the set of "Les Miserables" were worried about her after she lost 25 pounds for the role of Fantine because she looked emaciated and weak.
"[Director Tom Hopper] didn't like what I was doing, but he understood why I was doing it," Hathaway told the L.A. Times. "No one liked what I was doing. By the end, people were hugging me and they would get emotional because I felt so frail."
Anne, who followed a 500-calorie-a-day diet and stopped eating for a total of 13 days, says the director was concerned she had gotten too skinny.
"To be honest, I thought she was going further than she should, and I tried to discourage her," said Hooper.
But Hathaway, 30, was committed to her "Les Miserables" role and really wanted to push herself to the limit. "I see the sort of work that people like Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet can do, and I want to do that level of work so badly," says Anne.
"But I don't believe I'm as gifted as them. So the only thing I can control is how hard I work at it — how much do I commit to it? How far will I take it?"