Many of you know Katee Sackhoff as Captain Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace on “Battlestar Galactica.” Currently, you can see her in the movie, “Riddick,” as the no-nonsense bounty hunter, Dahl. Sackhoff is used to play strong characters, but for the part of Dahl, she had to bulk up.
“[The director] was adamant that he wanted me to look like I could kill any one of these men [in the film], and they were all over 6-feet tall and I’m only 5’5”. So we ended up putting on between 10 and 12 pounds, eating over 5000 calories a day, and a lot of it was peanut butter fudge,” she said in an interview with The Vine.
A vegetarian, Sackhoff was not going to bulk up with meat, and she found that peanut butter fudge did the weight gain trick. Sticking with what works, Sackhoff says, “My manager went and cleaned out Whole Foods and shipped this box of fudge, and I was just eating fudge all day long. It was amazing. And then I had to go on Jenny Craig for a month afterwards.”
And then came the less sweet part of the bulking up routine: working out. Sackhoff worked out two hours a day before filming began, then worked out as much as she could during filming. “[Co-star] Matt Nable and I were constantly doing push-ups, and anything you could curl, you would curl it, because you’re like, ‘I’ve gotta get vascular for this scene!’ I felt like a bodybuilder, it was nasty! I don’t know if I want to do that again,” she said with a laugh.
Check out the rest of the interview to read about Sackhoff’s role models growing up, and her approach to acting with the mindset of being a role model herself.
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