Anne Hathaway: 'I Was Inconsolable' After Chopping My Hair

07/13/2012 at 01:00 PM ET

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Anne Hathaway has proudly worn her pixie cut since chopping her long brown locks for her role in Les Misérables — but initially, she wasn’t happy about it.

“I wasn’t expecting it to be such a big deal, because it was my idea,” she admitted Thursday on Live! with Kelly. “It was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I knew it was something the character did, so I just offered it to the director and he said ‘Yes,'” she recalled. “As it got closer, I thought: I can’t really take it back now.”

Though she was mentally prepared, the day of the cut was tough. “I’ve now done back-flips out of windows, I’ve jumped off buildings,” she said. “And cutting my hair reduced me to, like, mental patient-level crying. I was inconsolable.”

To make matters worse, Hathaway had to sit with half-cut hair for 20 minutes; an actress made the initial chop on film, but her stylist, Paul, had to put on that actress’s dress and stand in to finish the cut as the cameras rolled.

“It was all worth it,” however, she said, “because at the very end of the shot I turned around and I saw Paul, beautiful Paul, in the dress with his arms outstretched. It was totally worth it just for that.” Tell us: Have you ever chopped off all of your hair?


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Fris on

Reading these comments, I find it interesting that people have so much of their identities tied up in hair length. And besides, who said we have to all conform to the girls-have-long-hair and boys-have-short-hair mentality? Hair is just hair. It is only one of the physical attributes that make up who you are. And to be honest, that isn’t even the important part of who you are.

Jill on

I admire Anne’s guts for going through with the cut but I have to be honest – I don’t really like it! Luckily for her it will grow back. She’s very beautiful, I just find this haircut makes her look like a boy.

Guest111 on

Her hair is none of your business!! She got it cut for a role, which shows devotion and dedication for her job. Whether you like it or not doesn’t matter. She cut it because she had to in order to become her character. Jeez! Stop being unnecessarily mean to her!!!

meghan on

I have totally chopped off my hair multiple times, donated too, I personally find it liberating and exciting that I can pull off super duper short and long.

Pia Razon on

I tried to give myself the Halle Berry look about 15 years ago and while clipping the back of my hair, the clipper guard fell off and a long bald spot ran through the back of my head. I panicked and started trying to blend the rest of my hair into the long shaven path and it kept getting shorter and shorter and worst and worst until I was damn near bald with spots all over. When I finally made it to the barber the next day she said, “Dear God, what happened!” I felt like Anne Hathoway at that moment.

williamsam1991 on

looking cool in new style but someone consider as a boy LOL :P

Pete on

What is with all these actresses having their hair cut off in films? Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, and Charlize Theron have all chopped their hair off for movies. It’s hollywood, they can work around it with prostehtics and wigs.

If it wasn’t mandatory for her to cut her hair off, then she shouldn’t have suggested it to the director. I am sure they could have found a way to convey the same intensity of her character Fantine, losing her hair. Anne should wear a wig or something.

Myself on

I know she may be rich and famous but isn’t it a bit rude to say these things. I mean yes, she has every resources to make her hair come back much faster then most, but what if it was her first time chopping it that short. The first time I cut my hair really short I was afraid, unsure and ‘inconsolable’ about it. Yes it’s just hair and people said that it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s the inside that counts. Instead of all this complaining about her whining say you either like or you don’t. I whined about my cut for weeks, then I got over it.

I think she looks a bit strange in it, because I’ve never seen her with SHORT hair before, but after a while it’ll grow on her/people.

Victoria on

I always find Anne Hathaway to be self-absorbed. This story is a prime example of that. Take your millions, Anne, and get over it. To People Magazine: this is a news worthy story? Really?

Barbara Hallanger on

Wow, inconsolable about her hair? How would she handle a real crisis?

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