On Tuesday Charlize Theron opened up about her “very long Journey” to lose 50 pounds after she gaining the weight for film Tully. The actress sat down with Entertainment Tonight, where she revealed how she gained the weight, and later lost it a year and half later.
"I gained close to 50 pounds for this film," Charlize said. "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. 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."
Adding, "The first three weeks are always fun because you're just like a kid in a candy store. So it was fun to go and have breakfast at In-N-Out and have two milkshakes.”
"And then after three weeks, it's not fun anymore. Like, all of a sudden you're just done eating that amount and then it becomes a job. I remember having to set my alarm in the middle of the night in order to just maintain [the weight]," she explained.
"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," she recalled. "I would wake up and I would just eat it...I would just, like, shove it in my throat. It's hard to maintain that weight."
Ultimately she lost the weight, but not as quickly as she hoped. "There's nothing fun about that. It took about a year and a half. It was a long journey, very long journey," she explained. "And it's hard because I had press junkets and movies around it and nobody knew that I had done it for this. And I think in the beginning everybody thought I was wearing, like, when the first photos came out, everyone [thought it] was, like, prosthetics. And then I went on press junkets and it was like nobody knew."
It also didn’t help that she was comparing how fast she lost her weight gain for the movie Monster to this time around. "I was worried. I was like, this is taking a really long time," she said. "Because on Monster, I just didn't snack for five days and I was fine. You know your body at 27 is a little different than your body at 43, and my doctor made sure to make me very aware of that. Like, you are 42, calm down, you're not dying, all good."
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Tully opens in theaters on May 4.