8 Female Celebs Who Transformed Their Bodies For A Role

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Acting is a much more physically demanding job than many people realize. For many television and film roles, actors are expected to completely change their appearance to fit the executives’ image of the character. As a result, there are many examples of actors choosing to hit the gym hard for their roles. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, we had an abundance of male action movie stars that made incredible physiques the Hollywood standard for the action hero archetype. Guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger – who many consider having had the best physique in the world let alone movies – Sylvester Stallone, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Dolph Lundgren all seemingly looked like action figures brought to life on the big screen. The typical action movie hero look is largely attributed to a strict diet and gym schedule. In amongst the men, there some women that stood out, however, Linda Hamilton who played Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 looked phenomenal, then Sigourney Weaver in the Alien film franchise. Over the years, it has become more and more common for women to also put on a good deal of muscle and change their bodies completely for roles.


Sarah Connor and Sigourney Weaver stood out, but they were few and far between and they often played second fiddle to male actors. Thankfully, in 2017 the women are proving time and time again that they can easily stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any male action star both in the fight scenes and in the physique department. Here we are taking a look at 15 actresses that transformed their physique for specific roles and how they did it.

1. Mila Kunis – Jupiter Ascending

Fans of the Wachowskis were hoping that Jupiter Ascending was going to be the new film franchise that put them back into the same as they were after the original Matrix. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be because the film was met with heavy criticism and didn’t fare much better at the box office. However, that’s taking nothing away from the film’s lead actress Mila Kunis, who adapted to her action role incredibly well. To get into shape for the role she enlisted the same personal trainer that helped Gerard Butler get into shape for the film 300, Brian Abercrombie.

Abercrombie uses a system called the P.A.S.E., which stands for power, agility, strength, and endurance. Using this system, Mila’s workout consisted of six movements like front squats, push-ups, jump squats, sprints, and Arnold presses, all done in circuits for 40 minutes without rest, so the combination of explosive exercises with aerobic endurance movements is key.

2. Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

After the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley and other new young stars like John Boyega became overnight superstars. After bursting onto the scene as Rey. Daisy needed to spend a lot of time to prepare herself not only for the physicality required in The Force Awakens, but also for The Last Jedi and the unnamed episode nine to finish the new trilogy. To get into Jedi shape Daisy incorporated a lot of everything: cardio, bodybuilding, bodyweight movements, and martial arts training.

Her weightlifting movements consisted of back squats, deadlifts, and military presses using a drop-set technique and preacher curls, chest presses, dumbbell rows, tricep pushdowns, and weighted lunges using 3 sets of 10 reps for each exercise split over three days. She would then proceed to finish each workout using a 4-round circuit consisting of 10 burpees, 400m jog, and 5 box jumps in succession, resting for 90 seconds between rounds.

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