Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was recently kicking ass and taking names in the film Atomic Blonde, which followed her massive hit, Mad Max. She decided to shift things and instead of the incredible moves and stunts she took part in to show the physical strength of a woman, she’s taken on a new role that displays both strength and weariness in a different way.
For her new film, Tully, which follows the life of an overworked and exhausted mother, she put on 50 pounds.
Though she’s gained weight for a role before, her award-winning performance in Monster required her to put on some pounds as well, the amount was a whole new experience for her and deeply affected her in many ways.
She also attributed her ease in losing the weight after Monster to her age, saying she was in her mid-twenties and eliminating her snacking habits helped her get back to her former weight in no time.
In order to put on the weight for her role in Tully, she said her diet was a 7-year-old’s dream: macaroni and cheese, milkshakes and potato chips.
She consumed so many potato chips during her prep for the film that she says they became her “drug of choice.” She had a bag everywhere: one in the car, one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen, one in her trailer, one on the couch.
Theron really started taking a specific liking to the salty, crunch of it all.
She quickly notes that all of that high starchy and processed food will start to take a real toll on the body. She began to notice she was always tired and her energy was totally depleted.
These physical changes started to weigh heavily on her mood. Theron admits that she dealt with depression for the first time because of it.
Those type of foods in excess have no nutritional value and only serve to clog and compromise the system.
In the film, she plays an exhausted, unhappy mother living a suburban life that she’s finding it particularly troubling to successfully manage.