Jennifer Lawrence reveals how she ‘never diets’ for her movie roles

At 27, Jennifer Lawrance is the highest paid actress in the world, and the youngest person to have earned four Oscar nominations (winning Best Actress for her work in Silver Linings Playbook) and three Golden Globe Awards. On top of all of these amazing accolades, she has a body to die for and still loves pizza. How?!

While a lot of it does come down to some help from her former trainer Dalton Wong – who helped her get into superhero shape to play Mystique – Jennifer admits she hates the idea of having to diet to get into shape and live “healthy”.

Jennifer Lawrence, like a lot of us who aren’t as amazing, likes her food. So when she took on the role of a ballerina for the thriller movie Red Sparrow and had to get into character as a disciplined dancer, the actress went through a new experience, ultimately forcing her to change the way she works and lives.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, she said that she had never previously dieted for a movie role, but Red Sparrow changed that. The actress revealed that she really, really dislikes dieting.

Talking about the movie, Lawrence explained: “Red Sparrow was the first time that I was really hungry and disciplined. I can’t be in character as an ex-ballerina and not feel like an ex-ballerina.” Lawrence trained with a ballet coach for three months, and the ballerina scenes were the first to be shot by the director, Francis Lawrence, who commandeered three Hunger Games movies.

Once those were done, the focus on Lawrence’s character was on her life being recruited as a spy. It wasn’t long until she ditched her strict food regimen. She said to Vanity Fair: “I can’t work on a diet. I’m hungry. I’m standing on my feet. I need more energy, I remember having a meltdown, freaking out that I had eaten five banana chips.”

Parts of the film were shot in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, where Jennifer found solace in a local fast food favorite. “I discovered this Viennese kielbasa sausage in an uncircumcised French-bread roll, with pickle relish,” she revealed. “I had that almost every day in Budapest, which you can see because I continue to grow in the movie. Dieting is just not in the cards for me.”

The lessons she’s been taught by her ex-trainer Wong have stayed with her, and have meant that she can “not diet” and still keep her body in a desirable shape. “He changed my body for that movie but gave me the skills to change my life, when I’m in London I love to train in his gym, then afterwards we go out for burgers and fries with his family. It’s all about balance.”

While not dieting, Jennifer is sure to stay hydrated, sometimes drinking salt water – which, along with drinking coconut and lemon water, helps save roughly 200 calories a day. She also controls all of her portions well (even the pizza), gets enough sleep and has fun with her exercise.

On top of all this, she still eats chocolate and isn’t afraid to get boozy. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: celebs are just like us. We can do exactly what they do and get bodies just as jaw-dropping. Trust me.


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