At a Cannes Film Festival preview of the upcoming movie Dreamgirls on Friday, stars Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson admitted they’d dealt with some weighty issues for their roles.
Knowles, 24, told reporters that she lost 20 lbs. to play the super-svelte Deena Jones, the lead singer of the Dreamettes – a ’60s-style group loosely modeled on Diana Ross and the Supremes.
She says, “I wanted to make a physical transformation because I was playing this role and I wanted to be not Beyonce… It was a big sacrifice.
“I basically ate vegetables, I had a trainer, I was very healthy. I did do a two-week fast but (I took) all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs.
“I normally wouldn’t have done that for Beyonce, as a performer, but Dina, as the character, I needed to drop it really fast.”
And curvy Beyonce admits she has no plans to keep all the weight off, and has already gained back half of what she lost: “I’ve put on 12 (pounds).”