It's her movie, and she'll cry if she wants to.
Les Miserables isn't even out yet, but Oscar buzz is already building for the film's stars -- most notably, Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine, an ill-fated prostitute dying of tuberculosis. But critics aren't the only ones moved by the actress' heartbreaking performance.
"I cry, but I think it's because I'm still connected to the experience of making it, the process," she told MTV News. "For me, when I see it, I actually have to be aware when I'm doing press, because it brings me a lot closer to Fantine. She's so broken that I actually have to protect myself a little bit. So when I saw it, I did cry, but not because of what I was doing [on screen]. It was because I was back in the process of making it."
That process involved a drastic make-under for the 29-year-old Golden Globe nominee. Hathaway famously lost 10 pounds from her already-slim frame before shooting began -- and then dropped another 15 pounds during a two-week break from filming by just not eating "for a total of 13 days." (The brunette also got a much-discussed pixie cut.)
"I was in such a state of deprivation -- physical and emotional," she recently told Vogue of the movie-making experience. "When I got home, I couldn't react to the chaos of the world without being overwhelmed. It took me weeks till I felt like myself again."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Anne Hathaway: Seeing Myself in Les Miserables Makes Me Cry