How Charlize Theron Transformed Her Body For a Major Role

South African-born actress Charlize Theron is a pro when it comes to dramatic film transformations, and the stress she puts her body under has certainly paid off. In 2003, she won an Oscar for her portrayal of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuronos in the film Monster. To gain 30 pounds, Theron said she relied on a diet of donuts and potato chips. The fatty, sugary diet also affected the star’s skin, causing her usually radiant complexion to look markedly more pallid and blotchy on screen. It wasn’t the first time Theron had to gain weight for a role. In 2018, she had to gain 50 pounds to play the role of a mother on the brink of a mental breakdown in the film Tully. While it had been easy to gain weight and lose weight for Monster, Theron said she struggled with the Tully transformation, falling into a depression as a result of the bad diet. “I was sick,” said Theron. “I couldn’t lose the weight. I called my doctor and I said, ‘I think I’m dying!’ He said, ‘No, you’re 41. Calm down.’” Needless to say, he was right, and Theron went on to lose the weight and get in tip-top shape for her next role as an immortal mercenary in the film The Old Guard. Just in case you're wondering, celebrities have to lose weight just like the rest of cutting down on the calories.