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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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Kim on

Yes, I chopped off my hair, and donated it to Locks of Love. It felt wonderful to do so. And guess what? It grew back.

Anne Hathaway needs to get a grip.

Rai on

She looks so much better with the short pixie do. I never thought she was pretty before, and now her face just glows!

Blondiejune on

It’s cute. She’s such a diva.

Suri on

Hey Anne! Hair grows back. Quit being a child and get over it.

D on

Yes!! 5 of us did in solidarity with one of our friends – she was losing her hair to chemo. On the day her husband shaved her head, the rest of us had buzz cuts about 1″ long. We cried and we laughed and proudly supported our friend who eventually lost the battle to cancer.

Amber on

I’m sure Anne knows that Chemo patients lose their hair, that there are more important things in the world, and that she has enough money to get extensions. If someone came and cut all of your hair off that you had grown out and become attached to, you would probably be upset as well. Yes, it was her idea, but it doesn’t mean it was easy to deal with. She looks gorgeous, and I cannot wait to see her in the film! She’s amazing!

Janet on

Yes, I have chopped mine off twice to donate to Locks for Love.

DeeAnn on

Yes… inconsolable over hair. I’ve done the exact same thing!! Sorry for the women who don’t get it. Some of us actually identify by our hair, it is part of WHO we are, and might be the ONLY thing we feel pride in, so don’t judge just because you don’t understand. Maybe you haven’t lived our lives, so you can’t understand.
KUDOS to Anne, I do get it. It’s hard to do, it’s like peeling off a full layer of your skin, shedding your soul, to bare more of yourself. Very hard to do! Bravo! You’re beautiful no matter who you are!

Tybee on

I like it, Anne! If you wouldn’t mind a suggestion, feathered, longer, bangs might work here. Either way, you look great, and have the face built for a pixie!

Anne on

Over 25 years ago Dorothy Hamil’s haircut was all the rage. One day after I had gotten my hair cut there was a young lady (about 16) who was waiting in the salon to be picked up by her mother. I mentioned to her that I just loved her hair! She said, “Really?” I said it was lovely (and it really was). She sighed a huge sigh of relief. I asked her if something was wrong. She mentioned that this morning her hair was half way down her back and that EVERYONE was concerned about her decision to cut it. I told her that though I didn’t know what she looked like before that she was a very beautiful young lady and the cut looked smashing on her. She grinned from ear to ear. I told her to love it and not let anyone’s reaction cause her to second guess her decision. I hope she loved it as much as she looked good in it!

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