To play her role of Celia Foote in The Help, Jessica Chastain had to put on 15 pounds. So how did she gain the weight? Chastain says the secret ingredient was soy.
"I had to be soft and curvy, so I ate a lot of soy," the actress said. "What I would do -- and this is really gross -- is buy cartons of soy ice cream, microwave it, and drink it. It was disgusting, but wait until you see my boobs in the movie!"
Soy isn't exactly the conventional way most actors put on weight for a role. Chastain, however, needed to find a method that was at least kind of healthy. Since she was filming several movies around the same time, Chastain needed to gain the weight fast and shed the pounds even faster.
While not appetizing, her soy diet was definitely effective for her role in The Help!