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Jennifer Aniston Stopped Working Out For 2 Months To Gain Weight For 'Cake'

Jennifer Aniston (photosJennifer Aniston photos) says she stopped working out for her role in 'Cake' to play a woman who suffers chronic pain after a debilitating car accident.

Aniston wasn't overweight by any stretch but the actress famous for her fit frame says she had to let go of her fine-tuned lifestyle.

"I basically just didn't work out for two-and-a-half months. I stopped working out and I stopped being as careful about my diet as I normally am. I was still healthy, but I'd allow more," she says.

She also went with minimal makeup and the crew used fake scars and shadowing to enhance the dark circles under her eyes.

"That's a byproduct of the character," she explains. "I've said it before: It's very refreshing."

"There's a level of fearlessness. I think that you have to be able to sort of go, 'F--k it, I'm ready to just disappear.'"

"First it was just understanding the logistics of what the accident was -- where did the pain exist, what was the injury... then the cadence of her voice, lowering the voice into her body because I can tend to be up here."

"There was a big concern with the scars. We did a lot of experimenting and we had an extraordinary makeup artist make these scars for us,"

"And by the end, I didn't even notice they were there. I also thought they were...I don't know, I thought they were kind of beautiful."

Co-star Camille Guat adds: "It's so funny, because a lot of people were like, 'Is she pregnant?' I'd say, 'No,' and they'd say, 'But she looks so dowdy.' I'm like, 'This is the role that she's playing!' Knowing the story, it's just a complete transformation."

'Cake', also starring Anna Kendrick (photosAnna Kendrick photos), Britt Robertson, doesn't yet have a 2015 release date. But the reviews weren't overwhelmingly positive when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall.

November 21, 2014 |

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