Anna Friel shoots down rumors she didn't eat for 2 months, praises JLaw in March issue of Instyle UK

Anna Friel has long been one of our favourite actresses – we can't believe it was over two decades ago that she was playing Beth Jordache on Brookside – and so we're obviously delighted she's InStyle's March cover girl.

In a beautiful shoot, photographed by Rankin, Anna looks incredible in a selection of new season pieces from the likes of Marni, Christopher Kane, Gucci, Dior and Jonathan Saunders. If anything will get you in the mood for spring, these pictures will.

Speaking candidly about the (ridiculous) rumours that she had not eaten a full meal for two months, Anna told us: 'Can you imagine not eating for two months?. Rhys [Friel’s boyfriend, the actor Rhys Ifans] and I went to a spa, we wanted to be healthy and we were given this amazing maple syrup thing with lemon for two days.'

'I even broke that because I was so starving. But according to the press it went from two days to two months. What kind of example does that set for young girls? I was really pissed off about that,' she continued.

Too right, Anna. The 38-year-old actress has been with Rhys Ifans since splitting from David Thewlis with whom she was in a relationship with for ten years. But it sounds like it was all very amicable: 'We’re best friends,' said Anna. 'He lives in Windsor, too. Yep, it’s all very unconventional. He’s happy and settled with a lovely French lady.'

Meanwhile, Anna's just finished filming her next big role – a World War II drama, filmed in not one, not two, but three languages. No biggie, then.

Get the lowdown on Anna's thoughts on cosmetic surgery, growing up in Rochdale, and those 'freezing eggs' rumours in this month's issue of InStyle.
Anna Friel says Jennifer Lawrence is 'perfect' and she admires her for being grounded

Anna Friel has praised "perfect" Jennifer Lawrence in a new interview with InStyle - and who are we to argue?

She has opened up about her admiration for her fellow actress, and believes the fact she has stayed so level-headed is a true example of "beauty".

Talking in the March issue of the magazine , she said: "That’s beauty. I mean you look at some of these newcomers and you just go ‘You’ve done it right’. Her style, her wit. It’s all perfect."

We're glad it's not just us who love the American Hustle star - it's good to know celebrities are just as obsessed with her red carpet banter.

Anna also opened up about he thoughts on body image an various beauty treatments, admitting she's tried the vampire facial championed by model Bar Refaeli - which involves injecting blood from your arm into your face - but "only once".

The former Brookside star explained: "As you get older you start thinking, 'I feel better on the inside so why does everything else have to happen the other way round?!"

And the 37-year-old star more than likely isn't done, despite also trying treatments like Polaris Laser, an wrinkle-smoothing alternative to Botox.

She added: "[The beauty industry] is developing so much I can’t wait to find out what’s going to be happening in the next five, six, seven years ... Never say never to anything."

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