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Preparing to play Fantine in Les Misérables could be perceived as miserable for Anne Hathaway. No stranger to altering her lifestyle to fit a role - she went vegan and got into peak shape for The Dark Knight Rises - Hathaway, who turned 30 on Monday, went to extremes to stay true to her latest character. Going on a strict cleanse before shooting Les Mis, the Academy Award-nominated actress lost 10 lbs. Then, living off of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste per day, she lost another 15 lbs. in two weeks. "I had to be obsessive about it," she says in the December issue of Vogue. »

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