Charlize Theron is no stranger to going method when it comes to movie roles, but the actor says that the process of putting on and taking off weight for her latest performance was harder than she anticipated.
In Tully, the 44-year-old plays mum-of-three Marlo who is gifted a night nurse while struggling to cope with the brutal reality of parenting.
"I gained close to 23 kilograms for this film," the 42-year-old told Entertainment Tonight. "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."
Charlize had only three and a half months to gain the weight before filming commenced.
"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," she said. "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]."
"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."
The mum-of-two said losing the weight again took around a year and a half and she described the process as “hell”.
"There's nothing fun about that… It was a long journey, very long journey," she said.
Particularly, she said, in comparison to her experience with transforming her body for her Oscar winning role in Monster.
"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."