Jodie Foster Went Through Hell to Get Abs at 61 for Her Oscar Nominated Role

Jodie Foster wanted to make a statement through her physical transformation in Nyad.

Jodie Foster is one of the most talented and respected actresses in Hollywood. From working on many critically acclaimed projects to being nominated for an Oscar five times and winning two out of them, she has certainly seen the heights of success in her career. Naturally, she has worked very hard for these achievements.

Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs
Her most recent work, Nyad, is the perfect example of her dedication as an actress. Not only was she nominated for an Oscar for her work in the sports-thriller film, but she also pushed her physical capabilities as much as she could.

It would seem that the 61-year-old actress had a point to prove when making the movie and would stop at nothing to make it.

Jodie Foster Put Her Body Through The Ringer
In Nyad, Jodie Foster played the role of Bonnie Stoll, who was a close friend, former girlfriend, and trainer to Diane Nyad, the widely respected long-distance swimmer. It is safe to say that in order to make it believable that she was a trainer, Foster had to train quite a bit. It would seem, however, that no one truly knew just how far the actress was willing to go.

Annette Bening in <em>Nyad</em>

Annette Bening in Nyad

When Foster agreed to be a part of the project, she had just come off The Mauritanian, a film that required her to play quite a slender and frail woman. The director of the 2023 film, Jimmy Chin, told The Washington Post, that the actress understood that she had to work out to fit the role she had been cast in. However, she simply told them that she would start training, and did not give any further details.

“We never really heard anything more from her,” Jimmy Chin said “And then she showed up just ripped.”

It would seem that Foster worked out extensively before and during production, doing kettlebell drills and heavy weightlifting. She even had a very strict diet, where she would only eat brown rice, chicken, and broccoli.

Annette Bening and Jodie Foster in <em>Nyad</em>

Annette Bening in Nyad
“I hope I never see chicken again,” said Foster according to Stoll.

This sort of lifestyle seemed to have been anything but joyful for the actress, as Stoll herself revealed that the actress grew tired of it. However, it would seem that there was a very important reason behind this.

Jodie Foster Had A Point To Prove
Jodie Foster and her co-star in the film, Annette Bening, wanted to make a very big statement with Nyad. They wanted their physical transformations to be real and did not want to use special effects and editing to cheat their way into it. They had a very specific reason for this, as revealed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

Annette Bening and Jodie Foster in <em>Nyad</em>

Annette Bening and Jodie Foster in Nyad
It would seem that the two wanted to break the stigma around older women in Hollywood. More specifically, the limitations that are put on them and what they can do for the roles that they take up.

“It was important to both actors that we not touch their bodies, as in touch up,” Vasarhelyi told. “They were committed to play women of their age.”

Indeed, many actresses have complained that as soon as they hit a certain age, they are forced to go down a path of only playing specific types of characters. Meryl Streep famously talked about getting typecast in witch-like roles as soon as she turned 40.


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