Jennifer Lawrence is known for her candidness, something that is often rare to find in Hollywood. Jennifer has made it clear, in many interviews, that she loves food too much to ever be a fan of dieting. Her recent lead role in Red Sparrow caused her to make some major changes to her workout and diet routine.
She recently spoke to Vanity Fair and opened up about how she transformed into an ex-ballerina-turned-spy in the movie Red Sparrow. In order to look the part, she had to present herself as someone who had been practicing ballet for many years, which you probably could imagine took a lot of work.
"I've always wondered what it would take to get me to really diet, to be really hungry, because I've never done it for a movie. "For Hunger Games, they told me to lose weight, and then I discovered Jack in the Box," Lawrence told Vanity Fair.
Before preparing for this role, Jennifer Lawrence had never dieted for a movie. She said that it was an "immense challenge" learning how to diet and restrict herself. "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," said Jennifer.
Aside from eating a low-calorie diet, Jennifer trained with a ballet expert for four months, five days a week. She trained with Kurt Froman, who previously worked with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis on the movie, Black Swan. Ballet was completed new to Jennifer and definitely not like anything she was used to. It took a lot of dedication and commitment for Lawrence to fully prepare herself for this role.
After Jennifer's four-hour ballet sessions, she trained with a Pilates expert. Kit Rich worked with Jennifer for an hour and a half every day. Pilates is the perfect exercise to tone your muscles without making them look bulky.
"She really trained a tremendous amount. She worked with a ballet coach and did a lot of exercise," said Francis Lawrence, director of Red Sparrow. Since Francis knew that Jennifer didn't enjoy dieting, he scheduled the shoots so that they filmed all of the ballet scenes in the beginning. That way, Jennifer didn't have to wait until the movie had completely finished filming to go back to her normal routines. That probably made it a lot easier for Jennifer to stay on track.
"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," Jennifer said.
Once the ballet scenes were over, Jennifer happily went back to eating her favorite foods. "I discovered this Viennese kielbasa sausage in an uncircumcised French-bread roll, with pickle relish. 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," Jennifer said.
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