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Jennifer Coolidge came close to dumping White Lotus role as she gained 40 pounds.


Jennifer Coolidge says she gained 40lbs during lockdown from eating up to ‘SIX pizzas a day’ which made her want to turn down White Lotus role


Jennifer Coolidge added as much as 40 pounds during the Covid-19 lockdown.

That caused her to nearly turn down her role in White Lotus because of the weight gain as she thought she was too heavy for the part.

‘I just didn’t want to be on camera that fat because of my excessive eating during COVID,’ Coolidge told Page Six at the Gotham Awards on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street. 

She felt down: Jennifer Coolidge added as much as 40 pounds during the Covid-19 lockdown. That caused her to nearly turn down her role in White Lotus because of the weight gain as she thought she was too heavy for the part; seen on Monday at the Gotham Awards 

Weight gain: 'I just didn’t want to be on camera that fat because of my excessive eating during COVID,' Coolidge told Page Six at the Gotham Awards on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street

Weight gain: ‘I just didn’t want to be on camera that fat because of my excessive eating during COVID,’ Coolidge told Page Six at the Gotham Awards on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street

‘I thought we were all going to die, I really did, so I was just eating myself to death. Vegan pizzas, sometimes five or six in a day,’ Coolidge said.

The Legally Blonde star estimated that she put on between 30 to 40 pounds.

The actress, who also played in the American Pie film series, told the column that she was ready to fabricate a story to White Lotus creator Mike White to get out of the role, but that a confidante convinced her otherwise. 

White Lotus set: 'I just didn’t want to be on camera that fat because of my excessive eating during COVID, Coolidge told Page Six at the Gotham Awards on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street. 'I thought we were all going to die, I really did, so I was just eating myself to death. Vegan pizzas, sometimes five or six in a day,' Coolidge said

White Lotus set: ‘I just didn’t want to be on camera that fat because of my excessive eating during COVID, Coolidge told Page Six at the Gotham Awards on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street. ‘I thought we were all going to die, I really did, so I was just eating myself to death. Vegan pizzas, sometimes five or six in a day,’ Coolidge said

‘I’m fat right now. And she said, “Jennifer this is all you have! What the f***?” She was like, “These opportunities don’t come around, you idiot!”‘ she shared.

Coolidge plays a woman who recently lost her mother in White Lotus, a satirical comedy-drama television series created, written, and directed by Mike White that premiered on HBO this past summer. 

The star plays in the role of Tanya McQuoid in the mini-series that examines the lives of staff and guests at a tropical resort in Hawaii. 

‘We all need these friends,’ she said in the interview with PageSix.

A look back: Here she is seen far left with Alanna Ubach and Jessica Cauffiel in Legally Blonde 2 in 2003

A look back: Here she is seen far left with Alanna Ubach and Jessica Cauffiel in Legally Blonde 2 in 2003

‘A lot of actors make huge mistakes, I don’t know why, we want a great moment to happen but then when it comes along we somehow talk ourselves out of it, I think that’s very typical of an actor, to screw it up for themselves but I had a great friend that stopped me from doing that,’ Coolidge said. 

Her colleagues on the show apparently didn’t notice the weight gain.

‘I was always kind of pudgy anyway so what’s another 40 pounds,’ she said. ‘It’s all in our head. I’m just glad I had a good friend who talked me off the ledge and didn’t blow a really cool gig. If I had watched White Lotus and realized I [could have done it] I would have jumped off a bridge.’ 

Looking good: 'I was always kind of pudgy anyway so what’s another 40 pounds,' she said. 'It’s all in our head. I’m just glad I had a good friend who talked me off the ledge and didn’t blow a really cool gig. If I had watched White Lotus and realized I [could have done it] I would have jumped off a bridge'

Looking good: ‘I was always kind of pudgy anyway so what’s another 40 pounds,’ she said. ‘It’s all in our head. I’m just glad I had a good friend who talked me off the ledge and didn’t blow a really cool gig. If I had watched White Lotus and realized I [could have done it] I would have jumped off a bridge’

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