Kim Cattrall Packed On the Pounds for Her Latest Role

In the first Sex and the City movie, Kim Cattrall's outrageous character Samantha Jones goes through a post-breakup weight gain. For her latest role in a new indie, Cattrall, 53, had to pack on the pounds again -- for real, this time.

In her new movie, Meet Monica Velour (which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend), Cattrall plays a former porn star, and the film's director asked her to gain weight for the role.

"He was very adamant about me gaining a lot of weight," Cattrall told New York magazine. "He wanted me to gain like 35 pounds! Really, just for health reasons I couldn't do that. I also didn't have enough time to do it safely with a doctor's care. But what I did was I put on fifteen pounds, and that was comfortable. I could do that." 

And just how did she do it? "I just didn't exercise at all," Cattrall reveals. Of course, gaining the weight is easy, it's watching a less-than-flattering version of yourself on a big screen that's the tough part. 

"Most of the time as an actress, you want to look desirable, you want to be pretty, you want to be sexy, you want to be lit properly, whereas here there were days when I didn't even have any makeup on," Cattrall admits. "There were days when they actually changed the light to make me look harder and more overweight. I didn't see the dailies on it because I thought, You know, I've made a stand here that I'm gonna do this in a very truthful way, and if I look at them they might scare me."

Don't forget, Kim, sometimes going "ugly" for a role, really pays off. After all, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, and Renee Zellweger have all done it  -- and look how sucessful they are!

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