It’s official: life as an Academy Award-winning actor isn’t all Hollywood stars and floor-sweeping, red-carpet gowns.
In fact, as big-screen veterans including Matthew McConaughey, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale have shown us, preparing for a billion-dollar blockbuster can be beyond taxing on your body.
And, as Charlize Theron recently told Variety, putting on weight for her role as a mum-of-three in the 2018 to-be-released film Tully was one of the hardest challenges her mind and body have faced to date.
“It was brutal in every sense,” she says, explaining that gaining weight for Tully in her forties was much more difficult than bulking up for her Oscar-winning role as a serial killer in the movie Monster in her twenties.
“This time around, I really felt it in my health. The sugar put me in a massive depression. I was sick. I couldn’t lose the weight.”
“I called my doctor and I said, ‘I think I’m dying!’ And he’s like, ‘No, you’re 41. Calm down.’”
The South African-born model-turned-screen-star also recounted the time in her life when she clenched her jaw so hard when training for the film Atomic Blonde that she cracked two teeth (!!!).
Not only that, but she also twisted her knew and left the set with bruised ribs.
“It was tough. You want to be in your best fighting shape, and it’s hard,” she says.
And this is why celebs like Charlize get paid the big bucks…