To play an anorexic and bulimic character in The Road Within, Zoë Kravitz had to drop 20 pounds from her already small frame. So how did she accomplish the risky transformation?
“I did a cleanse,” she revealed. “I tried to do it the healthiest way as possible, even though it’s not healthy to do.”
While most associate cleansing with juices and clean eating, Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s famous daughter went a slightly different route.
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“I ended up drinking clay,” the 25-year-old confessed. “Because it cleans out your body and fills you up. I was eating like a Mason jar of pureed vegetables and running.”
Some people—like Zoë’s Divergent co-star Shailene Woodley—advocate eating clay, because the substance binds to other materials and helps your body excrete those that aren’t necessarily good for you, Shai has explained.
Zoë also channeled her own experience and insecurities as part of the research for her role.
“I’ve struggled with it myself in the past,” she revealed.
“I think all young women do. There are a bunch of images that are thrown in our faces all the time about what we’re supposed to look like at 14, 15, 16. It’s confusing. I think every woman can identify with that struggle.”
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And while consuming the clay was effective in preparing for her role, she called the experience “awful” and says she would “never encourage anyone” to go to such extreme measures.
“I was a space cadet,” she told Us Weekly.
She’s just one of many stars who underwent a crazy transformation. Check out eight more celebrities who drastically changed their look for a role.
The father-of-four dropped a staggering 60 pounds to portray gambler Jim Bennett in the fictional film The Gambler.
“I went from 197 to — the lightest I’d ever been in a movie was in Boogie Nights, I was 138 — so I wanted to beat that,” he said. “I beat it by a pound, so 137. I was losing weight while we were shooting the movie, too, so continuity kind of went out of the window.”