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Charlize Theron on depression after gaining 50lbs

Hollywood actress put on weight for new role in Tully

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Charlize Theron famously gained 30lbs to portray notorious killer Aileen Wournos in Monster back in 2002.

And the A-list actress has put on even more weight to play a mum of three in latest film Tully, which focuses on parenthood and a middle-aged mum of three.

Charlize Theron in Tully
Charlize in a scene from Tully (Credit: Publicity)

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The 43-year-old revealed that she dropped the excess pounds within a week of finishing filming on Monster, but it has taken her 18 months to lose the weight this time around.

Charlize Theron in Monster
Charlize bulked up to play Wournos (Credit: Publicity)

She admits to suffering depression for the first time in her life – and attributes it to all the processed food she was eating to bulk up.

Charlize told chat show host Ellen DeGeneres: “I ate a lot of everything, but my drug of choice is potato chips.

“[I ate them] everywhere. I had a bag in the car, a bag in the bathroom, a bag in the kitchen, a bag on the couch, a bag in my trailer. Everywhere I went, there was just a bag.”

Asked why she had chosen to put on the weight rather than use prosthetics, the mum of two explained: “I feel like I had to do it for the film.

“If I was gonna go and play a mother who was having her third child, I felt a responsibility to do that and I feel like, as an actor, I wanted to feel as much as I possibly could.”

When asked about the comparison to Monster, Charlize explained: “I gained less but I think because I was like 27, I just didn’t snack for a week and I was back into shape – it was insane.”

The diet – which comprised lots of junk food as well as crisps – and subsequent weight gain had a negative effect on her mental health, she admitted.

“The hardest thing for me was I wasn’t prepared for how that amount of processed food will affect your mood, and I dealt with depression for the first time,” she told Ellen.

“What they say about, you know, what you eat is kind of who you are is so true. I ate like a person who just didn’t move, and I felt like that.

Charlize Theron in Tully
Charlize plays a busy, exhausted mum (Credit: Publicity)

“That was a hard thing to break, because it’s more mental than it is almost physical.”

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