Rebel Wilson shed an astonishing eight pounds (3.6 kilograms) in just four days while shooting her big Cats number.
The Australian actress plays Jennyanydots in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the much-loved musical and has a big performance in one scene of the film. Recalling shooting the number, Rebel admitted that the physicality of what she had to do, as well as the heat on the set, contributed to some unexpected weight loss
“I lost eight pounds, shooting my number, in four days,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “One, because there’s a lot of physicality… but also, they heated up the set very high, to almost 100 Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), so that we could never cool down.
“These people are like, the best dancers in the whole world, so they can’t cool their muscles down or they could get an injury and they’d be out of the film. So, they’d heat up the set like a sauna so we would never cool down, but made it pretty uncomfortable.”
While the film’s first trailer didn’t go down well with fans, due to the computer-generated imagery to make the actors look like furry felines, Rebel added that the final movie is going to be “epic”.
“You definitely felt how epic it was,” the star explained. “From the sets and Tom Hooper directing… and then Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is a musical theatre god.
“He would pop up on set and he’d just be hiding in the shadows, and all of a sudden you’d be singing and like, ‘Oh, it’s Andrew Lloyd Webber, geez better be in key!’ The artistry that’s gone into this film, and to know that it’s all live singing and dancing. Spectacular is the right word to describe the film. It’s epic.”