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Charlize Theron plays a mum-of-three in her upcoming movie Tully, and she revealed how she had to gain a lot of weight for her movie.
Theron admitted that she literally had to keep smashing food day in day out so that she can realistically portray a role of a mum who has let herself go. Unfortunately, letting yourself go comes with consequences.
“I would literally wake up at two in the morning, and I’d have a cup of cold macaroni and cheese just next to me. I would wake up, and I would just eat it…I would just, like, shove it in my throat… I just I wanted to feel what this woman felt, and I think that was a way for me to get closer to her and get into that mindset. You know, it was a huge surprise to me,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
She further said “I got hit in the face pretty hard with depression. Yeah, for the first time in my life I was eating so much processed foods, and I drank way too much sugar. I was not that fun to be around on this film.”
Charlize also told The Advocate: “Every day was a challenge. Usually, you pick three moments in a script, and you wait for those three days to come and really stretch your acting muscles. But in this case, every scene was that scene.
“What happened was, the more I dived into her life, the more I realized that everything she did physically came from an emotional place.
“This is a woman who sleeps under an underpass. This is a woman who gets into a stranger’s car and drives out of state with them.”
When shooting for the movie eventually finished, she said she’s never been so tired. Which proves that being an actor is not a walk in a park as some people imagine it to be.