By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
For Gwyneth Paltrow's starring role as an alcoholic singer in the film Country Strong, she gained 20 pounds by eating fried chicken, according to her trainer Tracy Anderson.
We all carry weight differently, and it's not that I expected a 20-pound pile-on would make Paltrow look like her character in Shallow Hal, but I was shocked when I saw her "after" photo and didn't notice a difference from "before" (or "after-after"-Anderson said she's already lost the weight). Since there was no apparent physical difference-and even after her weight gain, Paltrow still looked thinner than most country stars-I have to wonder why she did it.
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