Is actress Anne Hathaway wasting away for her role in the on-screen flick, Les Miserables? Recent media reports claim the 29-year-old scaled back her diet to less than 500 calories per day and rapid weight loss is leaving her 16-20 pounds lighter in just three weeks.
Pics of the 5-foot-8 actress show a waifish Hathaway, who is said to be consuming most of her daily calories in the form of liquid shakes. Not losing weight on dieting and food along, reports from the UK press source, The Daily Mail, also claim producers are pairing the Les Mis star with a personal trainer in order to lose even more weight to fit the role.
LES MES DIET: 500 CALORIES PER DAY
"Producers have assigned her a personal trainer and she is literally eating nothing more than a couple of apples a day," a source tells the paper. "And some protein – mainly in the form of a shake."
TRUTH OR FOLLY: PUBLICIST DENIES CRASH DIETING
Despite the photo proof and source reports, the public relations efforts on Anne Hathaway's rapid weight loss are in full force. Shortly after news hit telling of Anne's wasting away, rumor-busing site Gossip Cop reached out to her publicist who denied claims of crash dieting.
"She is on a special diet," Hathaways' rep says. "But is not looking to lose that much weight and is consuming more than 500 calories per day."
ANNE HATHAWAY: NORMAL DIET LEADS TO NATURALLY LEAN LOOK
Hathaway, who went on a killer workout and diet spree last summer for Catwoman, is naturally lean with her normal diet consisting of a vegetarian spread and daily workouts focused on activities outside like running and hiking.
OTHER CELEBRITIES LOSING WEIGHT FOR MOVIES
Losing weight for movies is common in Hollywood, as is gaining weight. Oftentimes, like in the case of Mark Wahlburg in The Fighter (see before and after photos here), celebrity talent must do both - And with strict filming deadlines, the weight loss is often rapid, requiring actors and actresses to lose weight fast.
Other celebrities who have peeled off pounds for movie roles include Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis for Black Swan and Jessica Simpson's famous weight loss efforts to squeeze into Daisy Dukes for Dukes of Hazzard.