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'I was so scared of awards season': Anne Hathaway has spoken about her struggle with her body.

From Princes Diaries to Les Misérables, Anne Hathaway has earned her spot as one of America’s most loved actresses. Always presenting herself with such class and ease, it’s easy to forget the stress that can come from the pressure of being a star in Hollywood.

The actress has opened up about her struggle with weight at the start of her career and the extreme measures she took to adhere to a certain image of what she thought she should look like.

Talking to People, the 36-year-old said, “I remember 10 years ago being so scared going into the whole awards season and doing what I thought I was supposed to do, so I barely ate anything at Christmas.

“I remember my dad making a pie and I ate just a little bite because I thought movie stars had to have a certain body,” she continued. “I was just smoking, just smoking my nerves away and wasn’t nourishing myself.”

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Anne Hathaway at the Oscars in 2008. Image via Getty.

Hathway, who is married to producer Adam Shulman, shared she is now past those anxieties thanks to more experience in the industry.

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"It's been a journey," she acknowledged. "I don't look that different, but I just feel like the inside has transformed so much."

Hathaway is now a mum to son Jonathan, two. She recently told Ellen DeGeneres that she gave up alcohol in October last year for her son, saying: "I’m going to stop drinking while my son is in my house just because I don’t totally love the way I do it and he’s getting to an age where he really does need me all the time in the mornings."

Anne Hathway stars in the thriller Serenity, produced and directed by Steven Knight and also stars Matthew McConaughey.

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