“It’s not fun anymore”: Charlize Theron’s Life Became Living Nightmare After Trying to Lose 50lbs She Gained For Her Movie

Charlize Theron is a talented and versatile actress who has captivated audiences with her stunning performances and undeniable screen presence.

With her impeccable acting skills, Theron has firmly established herself as one of Hollywood’s most respected and sought-after leading ladies. From intense dramas to action-packed blockbusters, she has demonstrated her range and versatility, consistently delivering compelling and memorable performances.

One such performance was delivered by Theron in Tully. The movie Tully, featuring Charlize Theron in a remarkable performance, delves into the story of Marlo, a suburban mother struggling with the challenges of raising three children.

Directed by Jason Reitman, Tully explores the realities of motherhood, postpartum depression, and the complexities of human connection. The Monster star gained 50 pounds to justify her character in the film.

Charlize Theron


Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron On Gaining 50 Pounds For her Role In Tully

Theron’s portrayal of Marlo is nothing short of extraordinary. She fully immersed herself in the character, capturing the exhaustion, vulnerability, and strength that come with being a mother but this didn’t seem as easy as it looked.

Theron had to gain 50lbs for the movie and she described her journey in the beginning as rosy where she had the freedom to eat anything she wish. 
“I gained close to 50 pounds for this film. 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. 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.”

Tully (2018 film)

Tully (2018 film)

But after some time, it became a pressure to maintain her gain of 50 pounds for the movie. The North Country star remembered getting up at 2 in the morning to stuff his belly with cold mac and cheese just to maintain her weight.

“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. 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.”



Charlize Theron in Tully

Charlize Theron in Tully

Charlize Theron On Losing 50 Pounds Of Weight 

It is a well-known fact that losing weight is one of the most gruesome tasks and it was no different for Charlize Theron who embarked on a journey to lose 50 pounds.

The Bombshell star marked that the struggle to lose weight was real and long. She also shared how many believed that she wore prosthetics for the movie, this misconception was only cleared after Theron made her appearances in press junkets and this added to her difficulties at that time.

“There’s nothing fun about that. It took about a year and a half. It was a long journey, a very long journey. 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.”

Charlize Theron as postpartum Marlo

Charlize Theron as postpartum Marlo

Theron’s journey to shed the weight she had gained lasted approximately 18 months and was an arduous and challenging process. Despite the difficulties she faced, Theron’s commitment to her craft and dedication to accurately portraying her character’s experiences remained unwavering and the movie surely impressed both critics and audience alike. 


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