In the film, which is based on a true story, she plays one half of a couple stranded in the Pacific Ocean during a hurricane; the boat ends up in ruins, with no hope of rescue, and her fiancé (Sam Claflin) seriously injured. So she has to find a way to save them both.
Woodley told The Times of the U.K. she basically starved herself to portray her character's hunger and desperation:
"For the last two weeks I had a can of salmon, some steamed broccoli and two egg yolks every day — 350 calories. It was f—— miserable.
I can't sleep when I'm hungry so I would have a glass of wine to basically pass the f— out."
Ah, the glamorous life of an actress!
A glass of wine adds about 120 calories. To maintain weight, the average woman is said to need about 2,000 calories a day; and about 1,500 a day if you want to lose one pound a week. So you can imagine that 350 calories (plus wine) a day is not enough. It's basically a frappuccino. Sorry not sorry but we'll go for 2,000+ if there are baked goods, pizza, and chips around. #YOLO
"Adrift" is still playing in some theaters. Look for it on Digital August 14, and on DVD/Blu-ray August 28. Woodley will also return for "Big Little Lies" Season 2 on HBO in 2019.
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Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp couldn't anticipate that they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope of rescue, Tami must now find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. Read More