Actress Amanda Seyfried admires the discipline of her “Les Miserables” co-star Anne Hathaway (who lost 25 pounds for the film), but says she’s too health-conscious to starve herself like that.
Seyfried insists she would’ve cut her hair the way Anne did for the role of Fantine, but draws the line at extreme dieting.
“I would have done that [cut my hair] for sure,” Seyfried told the January 2013 issue of InStyle. “I probably wouldn’t lose or gain weight for a role, though. I’m too health-conscious.
“And I don’t think I could actually lose weight because I couldn’t be on that kind of a diet. I would lose my mind.”
Anne, 30, has described the process as grueling, and admitted she was physically and emotionally drained from the effects of starvation on her body and mind.
Seyfried, 27, admits she gains weight easily and has to work out a lot to stay skinny. “If I didn’t run and work out, there’s no way I would be this thin,” she said. “But I have to stay in shape because I’m an actress.
“It’s very easy for me to gain weight. Even though I tried not eating for a week when I was really young, I couldn’t do it any longer because I liked my food too much.”
While Amanda refuses to gain or lose weight for a film role, she doesn’t mind doing nude scenes, like she did to play porn star Linda Lovelace in an upcoming biopic.
“It’s not about my body. It’s not about me,” says Seyfried. “You’re playing somebody else. You’re not going to believe a love scene if the people are dressed.
“You’re not going to believe a stripper who has on a bra and underwear the whole time. At the same time, it has to do with how comfortable you are with letting people see your skin. For me, I’m okay with it.”
Amanda, who was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, says she manages her condition with the anti-anxiety drug Lexapro.
“I don’t feel like I’m struggling with it. I think OCD is a part of me that protects me,” says Seyfried. “It’s also the part of me that I use in my job, in a positive way. The only thing I’d like to get beyond is my fear of driving over bridges and through tunnels. I can’t overcome it.”