Kim Cattrall Gained 20 Pounds in Six Weeks for New Movie

To gain weight for Meet Monica Velour, the actress hit up Detroit's best bars and "ate and drank for about six weeks"

Say goodbye to Samantha Jones and get ready to Meet Monica Velour!

Kim Cattrall is leaving behind her Sex and the City alter-ego for a brand new role. Much different than her previous sex-kitten character, Cattrall plays a washed-up porn star in the new indie film. 

Admitting she's "letting it all hang out" as Velour, the 54-year-old said she gained 20 pounds for the role -- and loved every minute of it! Calling the experience "wonderful," Cattrall says she took advantage of the film's locale. "We were shooting in Detroit, and there's a lot of great bars in Detroit," she said. "So I ate and I drank for about six weeks."

Cattrall, who recently went off on a red-carpet tirade when asked about aging in Hollywood, felt that it was refreshing to play someone who wasn't as obsessed with her image for a change.

"It was actually kind of a relief," the 54-year-old actress said in an interview. "It was like getting rid of the Barbie doll and throwing it out and starting again."

She says she's hoping that her new movie, which came out on April 8, will remind audiences that there's much more to Cattrall than the stiletto-wearing socialite who hung out with Carrie and the girls.

"I loved working on Sex and the City. It's a dream job and a great character to play," she said. "But before Sex and the City I was a working actress, and hopefully I'll be until I can't talk or move."

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