Ann Hathaway is known for her roles in movies such as; ‘Princess Diaries’, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, and most recently, ‘Ocean’s 8’.
Like many great actors, she is willing to adjust her weight for a part, and most famously she did this for her character in Les Miserables. In just two weeks she lost an unhealthy amount of weight to solidify her appearance as a penniless character who was distressed to the point of starvation.
This process of weight loss was done through a vegan diet (although I suspect it was less to do with being vegan and more to do with not eating anything). Hathaway stayed with this diet to help with her maintain a low weight for her other role as Catwoman in ‘Batman, The Dark Knight Rises’.
Hathaway admits that at this point, in her vegan weightless program that she had the consistent feeling of weakness. What is interesting is that she admits that she didn’t know why. This went on until she admitted that she had dinner with Matt Damon, who convinced her to order the salmon for her meal. She says that as soon as she did that and ate that salmon she immediately felt better. She admitted that she immediately felt that she had more energy than she had in a long time. Consequently, this event turned her from being a vegan into being an omnivore again.
Losing weight is one thing to look like a specific demographic that are under-privileged. Another challenge in Hathaway’s career was to take on roles in which she had to gain weight for a role. In this situation she had to look at being ‘healthy’ looking.
At this point she suggested that she was feeling pretty distanced from herself and was low in confidence. However, she suggests that there was a significant point that changed everything. Immediately, when she walked onset at Ocean’s 8, with the all female cast, every woman on the project gave her a compliment on her body, re-assuring her that she was all right.
I personally admire actors who can transform their bodies at will. Because I can only imagine what the constant stress of what they weigh does, how difficult must it be to continue to gain and then lose and then have to gain again must do to the body and the mind as well as self-esteem.
For me I think that this way of being must mean that there needs to be a huge amount of self-control. Control over the way in which she needs to view food, understand food, and then be able to manipulate the weight based upon that knowledge. This is a huge amount of emotional control, control in which emotion does not take centre stage, emotion has to stay back stage.
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