Although the 30-year-old actress's 25-pound weight loss has received a great deal of media buzz, it turns out her film's leading man and Golden Globe-nominated costar also underwent a brutal diet and exercise regimen to prepare for the role.
No stranger to beefing up for the big screen (hello, X-Men!), Jackman discussed his intense preparation for the role of Jean Valjean, an emaciated prisoner, in the Tom Hooper-directed flick.
"Weirdly, this was almost more physical in a way than an X-Men movie!" Jackman told Vulture. "I was spending even longer in the gym—like three hours in the gym—because I needed to be as emaciated as possible, but still keep some muscle on for Jean Valjean."
He continued, detailing his strict diet and exercise regime for the role, and it goes without saying that Hugh is extremely dedicated to his craft.
"He's actually written as an ox of a man, so I had to eat seven times a day with no carbohydrates, but then you had the exercise. I'd wake up and do 45 minutes of [cardio] on an empty stomach, eat something, go to the gym, do a vocal warm-up, and then after lunch I'd go back to the gym again. Otherwise, I'd just become skin and bones."