To get into character for her new film Cake, Jennifer Aniston had to ditch her healthy lifestyle. Jennifer is known for her lean diet and trim figure. Jennifer’s character, Claire Simmons, suffers chronic pain after a car accident that left her scarred. Aniston quit exercising and eating as well as she usually does.
Us Magazine reported that Jennifer spoke about gaining weight for the movie at the American Cinematheque screening of Cake. Aniston and host Jason Bateman talked about the difficulties of her transformation. Not only did she gain weight, but Jennifer wore no makeup except for the character’s scars and dark under eye circles.
Jennifer also answered fan questions during a Q&A session. One fan asked her what it was like to prepare to be Claire.
“I knew that was coming. I basically just didn’t work out for two-and-a-half months. I stopped working out and I stopped being as careful about my diet as I normally am. I was still healthy, but I’d allow more.”
Aniston not only packed on pounds, but sat in the makeup chair for fake scars rather than foundation.
“There was a big concern with the scars… We did a lot of experimenting and we had an extraordinary makeup artist make these scars for us. We did some trials, some scar test days. Oh, if you could have seen some of the pictures, it looked like Chainsaw Massacre kind of stuff, you know? Like Freddy Kruger.”
Playing Claire was liberating for Jennifer, as reported by the Inquisitr. The role is a different one than Aniston is used to playing. In fact, the film is already getting Oscar buzz after its debut at the Toronto Film Festival.
However, despite her change in appearance, Jennifer is happy with Cake. Aniston also served as the film’s executive producer, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Jennifer and partner Kristin Hahn run Echo Films. She added that working on smaller films is more rewarding because she can be involved not only as an actress but through her producing company.
“Not that the big ones aren’t exciting, but you can get to be, for me, creatively involved [on] all levels, which I just find so utterly fulfilling.”
Cake also stars Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman, and Adriana Barraza. The film will have a one-week run to qualify for the Oscars in December, followed by a larger release in January. With or without an award, it seems that Aniston is pleased with the product.
“I just wanted to be a part of it in whatever capacity I could cause I just loved the script so much.”
[Photo Sources: NewsSetup and Us Magazine]