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Zoë Kravitz: Don't hide body worries

Published 07/04/2015

Zoë Kravitz
Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz would never advise anyone to lose too much weight for a role after her own experience.

The 26-year-old works as an actress, singer and model, proving she takes after her talented dad, rocker Lenny Kravitz.

However she's not immune from her body hang ups, and admits to having suffered with an eating disorder, starting in her teens.

For her latest movie The Road Within, Zoë had to portray Marie, a young woman battling with anorexia.

"That was pretty easy for me - I struggled with an eating disorder in high school and into my early 20s," she admitted to Nylon magazine. "That’s part of what actually attracted me to the role; I think it’s really important to talk about body image and the struggles a lot of women have with food - especially in the entertainment industry. I related to her in a lot of ways."

Putting her past struggles aside, Zoë fully immersed herself into the role. However the physical demands took their toll on her, and the actress often felt dizzy from the gruelling weight loss regime.

"Losing all the weight - I’ve never done anything like that before. I put my body through so much and at first it was really hard to even have a conversation because I was so lightheaded all the time. On top of just being tired, I had to try and perform, so it was very unique experience," she revealed.

"I lost like 20 pounds, so I was 90 pounds while we filmed. I tried to do it in a healthy way, but it’s not a healthy thing to do - I would never tell anyone to lose that amount of weight and especially not that quickly. I basically did a cleanse and was drinking pureed vegetables and tea, and running every day."

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