Jessica Chastain: Gaining 15 Pounds for The Help Was "Torture"

Celebrity Body Aug. 11, 2011 AT 7:29PM
Jessica Chastain: Gaining 15 Pounds for The Help Was "Torture" Credit: DreamWorks; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Curves with a cost! 

Jessica Chastain packed on 15 lbs. for her role in The Help, but the 30-year-old vegan absolutely hated gaining the weight.

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"I had to be soft and curvy, so I ate a lot of soy," Chastain told E! News. In the movie, she plays Celia, an unwelcome newcomer who reminds locals of Marilyn Monroe.

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So how did the actress make her svelte physique more voluptuous? "Soy helps you become curvy because it has estrogen in it," she said. "So what I would do -- and this is really gross -- is buy cartons of soy ice cream, microwave it and drink it. It was disgusting, [but] wait [until] you see my boobs in the movie."

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The health-conscious star described her weight gain as "a form of torture."

"You put on all this weight, and then you're in the South where it's really hot and muggy," she said. "And you're putting on girdles to suck you in!"

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But fortunately for Chastain, she was able to get back to her trim figure quickly with the help of yoga and her vegan diet.

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