After a long fight with drugs and alcohol, Celebrity Rehab’s resident tech Jennifer Gimenez has bravely maintained more than five years of complete sobriety. Now, the gorgeous actress, who has been both scary-skinny and unhealthily heavy in her life, is conquering another demon: her weight. As a supermodel and big-screen star, appearing in hits like Blow and Vanilla Sky, Jennifer stayed pin-thin through dangerous means. “If it wasn't pills or alcohol, it was laxatives and starving myself,” she confesses to In Touch in an exclusive interview.
But her twisted scheme came to a sudden halt. When Jennifer stopped using drugs and alcohol, she ballooned to 257 pounds. “I put on a dress, and said ‘Look, it shrunk!’ I didn't realize that I had gained so much weight. I went from a size 4 to a 16!” she says. It didn’t help that as she filmed VH1’s Sober House in 2008, where she served as house manager, and some residents would call her horrible names like “fat bitch.” Drowning out the insults, her close friend Andy Dick helped inspire her to lose the weight - but this time, in a healthy way. “Andy would tell me I'm fat in such a loving way while the others bashed me,” she explains. “I started hitting the treadmill, and learned how to eat right.”
By sticking to her new routine, Jennifer slowly but surely lost a shocking 122 pounds. “I learned that my body is a machine,” she says, adding that this season’s Rehab patient Jeremy Jackson helped her reach her diet and fitness goals. “I did this thing for a month where I didn't eat oils or fats. It toned up the rest of my body!”
Now looking sexier than ever in her dream body, Jennifer is looking to get back into film work. “I would love to do some big roles, and even do independent ones as well,” she says. And, of course, she plans to continue her work with people suffering from addiction.
The season may be over, but see more of Jennifer and catch up with patients like Michael Lohan, Bai Ling and Jeremy Jackson on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Season 5 Revisited, a two-part special that will premiere on September 4 at 9 p.m. and conclude on September 11 at 10 p.m. on VH1.