Shailene Woodley starved herself with 350 calories a day (plus wine) for new role

Shailene Woodley (Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Shailene Woodley (Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Shailene Woodley has revealed that she ate just 350 calories per day in the last weeks of filming new movie Adrift.

The 26-year-old actress described the experience as ‘f**king miserable’, playing a yachtswoman who, with her husband, survive a hurricane at sea but then have to make it to safety on a nearby island.

Her diet consisted of one can of salmon, steamed broccoli, and egg yolks.

(Credit: STX Films)
(Credit: STX Films)

“I can’t sleep when I’m hungry, so I would have a glass of wine to basically pass the f**k out,” she told The Times.

“It was f**king miserable. For the last two weeks (of the shoot) I had a can of salmon, some steamed broccoli and two egg yolks every day.”

The movie is based on the real-life story of Tami Oldham and her then-fiance Richard Sharpe who had to survive for 41 days at sea in 1983 without food, a radio or hope of rescue.

Sharpe is played by Huger Games star Sam Claflin, and according to Woodley, the movie didn’t actually take that much acting.

(Credit: STX Films)
(Credit: STX Films)

“What the audience sees in that scene (when a hurricane is approaching) is a look of nervousness, but it’s really Sam and I trying not puke when the cameras are rolling,” she added to USA Today.

“It’s like, ‘Keep it together’. That’s pure anxiety.”

“I don’t know that I could do it without Sam,” she continued. “We both really were there for one another in our moments of extreme exhaustion and hunger.

“When you’re stuck on a boat with 15 people every single day, you’re all dealing with things like the toilets breaking and everyone just having to jump in the ocean to use the bathroom.

“There’s a lot of discomfort, there’s a lot of bodily smells. And a lot of humour. That’s the glue that keeps everyone together.”

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