Hathaway in character for Vogue, as shot by Annie Leibovitz

Anne Hathaway lost a ton of weight to play a dying woman in Les Mis and is therefore required by ladymag law to answer questions in precise detail about said diet forever. We, in turn, are required by ladyblog law to post them. So, let’s cut to the chase: Anne Hathaway told Vogue how she shaved 25 lbs off her already-slender frame and here are the gory details of her brutal-sounding starvation diet–not to be confused with the veggie meat-heavy anti-inflammatory diet she did for Dark Knight Rises:

“Before the start of shooting, she went on a strict cleanse and lost ten pounds, which in the early scenes of the film gives her a gossamer quality. She then took two weeks off and lost another fifteen pounds by following a near-starvation diet, consisting of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day.

‘I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death,’ she recalls. ‘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.’”

We are always sad to see quotes like this; that she “had to be obsessive about it,” which is to say disordered in some capacity. At the same time, we can’t really imagine the pressure to lose so much weight for a role–or the pressure the rest of the time to always look like a movie star.

Perhaps most important of all, though, is what on earth is dried oatmeal paste?