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Forced herself to eat 4,000 calories a day to transform into chubby Bridget Jones

Renee Zellweger is on the list of Hollywood actors who will do anything to transform for a role.

Like Christian Bale, who has gone through drastic changes in his physique over the years, Zellweger was also warned that her drastic weight changes for a movie would affect her health.

The serious concerns of the doctors come as the actress prepares for her role in Bridget Jones’s Diary. In order to fully get into the character and shape of her heroine, the star imposes a diet of 4000 calories a day.

The goal was to gain between 15 and 20 kilograms to achieve Bridget’s distinctive curvaceous figure.

“I managed to put on a few kilos. Bridget is a completely normal weight and I don’t understand why my weight gained so much attention. If a man had done the same for a role, it probably wouldn’t have been noticed,” the actress suggested to British Vogue.

Although she was advised several times before the start of filming to stop eating heavily, Zellweger says she stood by her decision because she is a creative person.

And she also thought that projects like “Bridget Jones’s Diary” appear once in a lifetime and are worth the sacrifices with the vanity.

“I was on the verge of having a panic attack. All the specialists kept telling me how bad it was for me in the long run to gain weight in such a short period of time. They were all telling me: Stop or you’ll die. But I don’t think I would be good narrator of the story, if I hadn’t changed my weight,” the star believes.

After the end of the film, the actress noticed that the image from the romantic comedy began to accompany her everywhere. And when she had to slim down for another film project, fans reacted strongly, thinking she was betraying her character.

In 2016, Bridget Jones fans were doubly outraged when Renee Zellweger played the funny Brit for the third time, but this time she didn’t gain weight, but kept her natural slim figure.

Fans of the series have commented that Bridget is not Bridget without her weight complexes.

“I never thought that Bridget had a problem with her appearance. But it’s normal for her to want to change something about herself. Weight is a very interesting topic. I think others don’t fixate on weight as much as the person who believes that there is a problem with them. This is part of our self-criticism and the path we take until we accept ourselves,” says Renee Zellweger.

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