By Maane Khatchatourian
Updated November 13, 2012 at 06:49 PM EST
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In a move straight out of costar Christian Bale’s acting playbook, Anne Hathaway adopted an extreme diet and exercise regimen to tone her body for The Dark Knight Rises, then lost 25 pounds for Les Misérables.

The Vogue cover girl discussed her intense body transformations in December’s issue. After enduring a vegan diet and 10 months of weight training, martial arts, and yoga to play Catwoman opposite Bale, she went on a cleanse then took up a “near-starvation diet” consisting of two squares of dried oatmeal paste a day to play Fantine.

“I had to be obsessive about it — the idea was to look near death,” she told the magazine. “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.”

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Judging by her character portrait shot by Annie Leibovitz, Hathaway accomplished her goal. Sporting short hair and missing teeth, she certainly looked the part of the emaciated Fantine dying of tuberculosis. Hopefully the weight loss will yield an Oscar gain come February.

Les Mis, which also star Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, hits theaters on Christmas.

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Les Miserables

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 167 minutes
  • Tom Hooper