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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Karen on


None of Your Busniess on

Great hair cut on Anne. Changes are good :)

Love it!

Terri on

Women that get their hair chopped and then whine about it make me boil. When I went through chemo, I was whining about losing my hair. Someone said to me, “I wonder if you feel as bad as that 17-year-old that just lost both her legs to a drunk driver”. Talk about perspective. My hair grew back, her legs won’t. And Anne Hathaway’s hair will grow back, but a lot faster than mine did. Quit whining.

Emily on

Yes, I cut off my hair a couple years ago and it was amazing, I absolutely loved it. I felt so light and new, like being reborn!

Angel on

I don’t like this haircut on her at all. And I don’t think bangs look good on anyone. I will be glad when she grows it out again. It looks much better. I have had my hair just about every length, and am growing it out again from having it VERY short. I think that longer hair looks much nicer on a woman. Or if a woman goes with short hair, it should look feminine….this looks like a boyish haircut….don’t like it at all, to be honest.

Dessy on

It is just a hair get over it. I am sure that the money she got paid for this role will be enough to make up for all that “pain and suffering” that she had to go through.

Joyce Phipps on

Even with chemo your hair does grow back. There are so many other things that are much much worse. Besides Anne your hair still looks good.

The Kidd on

She needs to play “Shelia” in a new “The Artist formerly known as The Artist formerly known as Prince” MOVIE! Now he goes by “Prince” because the girls really like the Royal name! Prince William wished he rocked his wallet and money tang!

– The Kidd

Anna on

I recently cut all of my hair off. My husband absolutely loves it and I find it so easy for the hot summer weather. I agree with the other posters about this sort of thing. Get over yourself, it will grow back. She has a team of people helping her to look great. I think she has such a beautiful face who cares about the hair? Hair, like weight does NOT define your beauty. Smile and be kind that is beauty.

jen on

inconsolable? over hair??

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