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Zoe Kravitz Consumed Clay to Help Lose 20 Pounds for Anorexic, Bulimic Film Character

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Zoe Kravitz told Us Weekly she consumed clay to drop 20 pounds for her role as an anorexic and bulimic character in new film The Road Within, and admitted she "struggled" with an eating disorder in the past. David Livingston/Getty Images

Clay-drinking Kravitz! Zoe Kravitz opened up to Us Weekly at The Road Within premiere in L.A., on Wednesday, June 18, about playing an anorexic and bulimic character in the film.

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"I've struggled with it myself in the past," Kravitz, 25, told Us of eating disorders. "I think all young women do. There are a bunch of images that are thrown in our faces all the time about what we're supposed to look like at 14, 15, 16. It's confusing. I think every woman can identify with that struggle."

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To prepare for her role as Marie, the already-thin actress lost an additional 20 pounds. "I did a cleanse," she told Us. "I tried to do it the healthiest way as possible, even though it's not healthy to do." How did she accomplish that?

"I ended up drinking clay," the Divergent star shared, "because it cleans out your body and fills you up. I was eating like a Mason jar of pureed vegetables a day and running." (Clay-based drinks comprised of bentonite clay are believed to help purify the body; stars like Shailene Woodley consume it regularly.)

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Though Kravitz dropped the pounds quickly from dirt consumption, the actress described the process as "awful" and that she would "never encourage anyone" to follow in her footsteps. "I was a space cadet," she said.

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In mentally preparing for her role, Lenny Kravitz's daughter told Us she "did a lot of research" on anorexic online support communities. "It's very scary," she explained. "There are pro-anorexic websites called 'pro-ana' sites, where [these people] talk to each other and support each other."

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