In the field of acting, it is essential that actors know how to mold themselves into their characters. It is a core part of the job to be able to effectively go into one character, and really commit to their personality, habits, style, speech and lifestyle. This is then all put on a shelf or cast aside when they are cast in their next role, and must go deep into another character. Extreme dedication and talent is needed to slip in and out of different personalities, and to put your entire true self on the back burner to become someone else. Many actors go “method,” which is when they completely turn into their characters off screen, and live this persona 24 hours a day and seven days a week while filming that particular movie. Some of the greatest actresses to pull off this feat of transformation has caused them to look and act like totally different people. The difference is so convincing that it is easy to forget who they really are outside of the film, which is an indication of great skill and research on behalf of the actress. If you would like to see some of the best actresses in the game, check out the 6 most drastic movie role transformations by actresses.
For her role in Black Swan, Natalie Portman lost a drastic 20 pounds, which is extreme for her as she was already thin before the movie. She trained a total of five to eight hours each day to transform herself into a prima ballerina. For all of her hard work, she definitely was recognized after winning an Oscar for Best Actress for the film.
For the 2003 film Monster, Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds and had extensive make up sessions everyday. She successfully transformed herself into the persona of Aileen Wuornos, who is an actual serial killer.