News Shailene Woodley Only Consumed 350 Calories a Day for Her New Film By Jonathan Borge Jonathan Borge Instagram Twitter Jonathan Borge is a writer and editor living in New York City. His writing has appeared in Glamour, Refinery29, Forbes, and PAPER, among other publications. Plus, he's held staff positions at Marie Claire, InStyle, and OprahDaily.com. Currently, he's the Senior Entertainment Editor at Bustle Digital Group's Elite Daily, where he oversees digital covers, features and profiles, freelance essays, and strategy for the site's TV/Movies and Celebrity and Music sub-verticals.He primarily writes about pop culture and style, and has a passion for telling LGBTQ+ and Latinx stories. When he's not working, he's likely waiting for Lady Gaga to announce her next tour. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on June 28, 2018 @ 02:15PM Pin Share Tweet Email Look, we understand the concept of method acting, and respect when actors choose to (temporarily) suffer for the sake of delivering a potentially Oscar-winning performance. Leonardo DiCaprio famously “slept in animal carcasses and ate bison body parts” for2016's The Revenant—and he took home his first (!) Academy Award for it. But severely restricting your diet to the point where you can't sleep, all for the sake of a paycheck? Shailene Woodley partook in this dangerous practice, and, naturally, felt the painful consequences. Spoiler alert: In Adrift, Woodley plays Tami Oldham Ashcraft, a real-life person that, in 1983 spent 41 days stranded at sea when a sailing expedition from Tahiti to San Diego was thwarted by a hurricane that ultimately killed her fiancé, Richard Sharp. (The insanely tragic film is now in theaters.) To really immerse herself in what Ashcraft must have gone through, Woodley told The Times UK she barely ate anything, limiting herself to just 350 calories a day. Do you know what 350 calories look like? That roughly translates to a bag of Doritos, or a Dunkin’ Donuts jelly stick, or about a slice and a half of pizza. We'd give up garlic to be with a prince à la Meghan Markle, but saying no to a cheesy slab of ‘za? Nah. Really, an adult woman should be eating between 1,800 and 2,400 calories per day, according to the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Obviously, she was hungry. “I can’t sleep when I’m hungry, so I would have a glass of wine to basically pass the f— out,” she said. “For the last two weeks I had a can of salmon, some steamed broccoli, and two egg yolks every day.” This seems like a lot to go through for a role, and it only lasted for a few weeks during filming—which surely was by design, because prolonged food restriction can be seriously dangerous behavior. According to NEDA, it can cause heart problems, neurological difficulties (like the lack of sleep Woodley experienced, and then some), disrupt hormone regulation (messing with menstrual cycle, for example), and a lot more. 13 Movies You Need to Watch in June In the flick, she stars alongside Sam Claflin (he portrays Ashcraft’s fiancé), who also faced extreme conditions for the role. “We were working extremely long hours out on the open sea. Sam and I were losing quite a bit of weight as we weren’t eating much,” she told The New Paper in May. “So not having the fuel to run you physically, along with the emotional complexities that were incredibly taxing at times, mixed with the physicality, it could have been a grueling experience.” Could have? Uh, it doesn't exactly sound like a trip to the beach to us.