Anne Hathaway stars in the legendary role of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (a role previously defined by actresses such as Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer). She certainly has some pretty big shoes to fill – but at the same time, a tiny suit.
“That catsuit – it’s unforgiving, man,” Anne recently joked to Chelsea Handler. “It takes three of us to get me into it.” To look her best in the skintight outfit (as well as keep up with the character’s martial arts background), the naturally slim actress had to perfect a fitness regimen that would help her lose weight while keeping her power up. “I’ve always thought that skinny was the goal, but with this job I also have to be strong,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. Anne Hathaway is no stranger to rigorous workout routines for preparing as we’ve previously covered. Now, her new workout routine includes five days a week of high-intensity workouts and stunt training, followed by a 1.5-hour dance class to keep her lean. She named sit ups, tricep curls, and bench kicks among her most common exercises in her workout routing, and has also started up Bikram yoga.
Anne Hathaway, who used to despise working out, says she has grown to love it. She hits the gym with her stunt double, Maxine – who Anne proudly claims has amazing arms. “I want guns like hers! I want to be strong, I want to lift my own luggage. We just go the gym and work out. We’ll be sitting there doing bicep curls and be like, ‘Cake. Chardonnay. Spray tans.’ We decided we’re going to go on a binge afterwards.”
When she’s not pushing herself to her fitness limit, Anne is prepping for the role by taking on an extreme diet. “Brown rice? That’s too exotic,” she joked on Regis and Kelly. “I’m living on just kale and dust. It had to be a lifestyle change.”
If you’re interested in taking on Anne Hathaway’s kale diet, you can create a less strict version by creatively varying recipes. For example, check out recipes for still-healthy yet far more satisfying kale dishes:
Baked kale chips:
1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
2 pound bunch kale
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup chicken stock
Wash, trim and chop the kale. In a large pot heat oil and lightly saute garlic. Add kale and chicken stock. Cook covered for 12 minutes.
Remember to check out Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises.