by Lisa Kalner Williams
Categories: Entertainment, Film/TV
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So many Hollywood actresses feel the pressure to be thin. But what happens when an actress — like vegan Jessica Chastain — is asked by film producers to pack on the pounds?

Chastain needed to gain weight to assume the role of buxom beauty Celia Foote in this weekend’s box office topper “The Help.” And she had a veg diet to do so — although most of what she ate will never appear on a Candle Cafe or Millennium menu. The actress recently told E! News, “I had to be soft and curvy, so I ate a lot of soy. …Soy helps you become curvy because it has estrogen in it. So what I would do—and this is really gross—is buy cartons of soy ice scream, microwave it and drink it.”

The crew of “The Help” also helped Chastain keep it veg (and way fatty) throughout the shoot. In a scene where her character was to eat fried chicken, caterers prepared her a faux bird made of a tofu dog wrapped in Tofurkey — which was then breaded and deep fried.

Holy heart attack, Batman!

Upon the completion of the film, Chastain was quick to shed the pounds via a regimen of yoga and healthy vegan eats. Here’s thinking she won’t be touching an ice carton for quite some time…

About Lisa Kalner Williams

Lisa Kalner Williams is a lover of rock 'n' roll and founder of Sierra Tierra Marketing, a social analytics, strategy, and education company. She lives with her vegan family in the Greater Boston area.

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  • chelsea

    Oh no! Soy does not have estrogen! Soy contains phytoestrogens which is not the same estrogen as our body produces. The facts are that she was eating/drinking a processed food. Any processing makes foods worse for you, and usually fattier, so that is the reason she was able to put on pounds. Many Asian cultures have eaten soy for centuries and they aren’t necessarily known as buxom curvy people.

  • Sonia

    Loved her character in the movie but OMG…if only I could look like that after drinking vegan ice cream! Her body was amazing. Hate her:(

  • Missy

    Yeah I remember her looking quite svelte and thin. So my gosh how much did she weigh pre-shoot? lol. 90 pounds.

    By the way, loved the film. If you haven’t seen it, do give it a go.

  • herwin

    microwaving soy icecream ? thats gross ! LOL
    Next time do like the Sumo Wrestlers and eat carbos in the form of pastas to get some extra kilos of blubber.

  • don_miguelo

    Plus it was full of sugar, and was replacing whatever she would normally be eating (which probably would have had less sugar). Can I ask how she gained it in all the right areas?!! Seems like when people gain weight it isn’t always in the…top– I’m at work, can ya tell?