Drew Barrymore recently lost 20 lbs. to film her new Netflix zombie series, the Santa Clarita Diet.
The 41-year-old Charlie’s Angels star recently went from 144 lbs to 124, after deciding that she wanted to slim down after putting her health on the back burner.
“It came sort of in the middle of a moment in my life where I had sort of let myself go, due to personal circumstances,” she says on the Today Show, of her weight loss.
Barrymore says that her weight loss was inspired by her character Sheila in that TV series, who develops a strange illness that makes her crave human meat.
“I thought, ‘I could come alive with Sheila,’ and it was a really great goal line for me, because I think as much as the weight loss, everything’s just really subtle,” Barrymore says. “It’s attitudinal, it’s empowerment, it’s confidence. It’s all of these things, that’s she’s lost in her life, that I sort of felt like I had lost in my life, and it’s such a blessing to come alive with her. And it really was so positive for me.”
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When asked how she dropped those extra pounds, she stated “I was 144 and now I’m 124. I did it on the filming of a Netflix show [‘Santa Clarita Diet’], I feel really great. I followed Kimberly Snyder’s methods, but I added some protein like fish and chicken since she’s all vegetarian or vegan. I’ve been very disciplined and all I did was cry and dream about pizza. I still am dreaming and crying about pizza.”
She also jokingly said that her character’s diet can also work.
“Well if you’re eating, in her case, human flesh, I mean, I basically thought, well, if a woman is just eating simple protein, every day all day long, she would lose weight. It’s like a very macabre Atkins,” she says.
Barrymore adds that enjoyed playing a happy couple with co-star Timothy Olyphant.
“I love seeing a couple not fight,” she says. “I love seeing a couple become stronger partners through this adversity.”
You can watch Barrymore and Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet from February on Netflix. We know we will be!