The classic musical “Les Miserables” hit the big screen on Christmas Day and has since received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. However, one element of the film that’s stirred much discussion is the frail figures of both Hugh Jackman and Ann Hathaway, who combined lost nearly 50 pounds to play characters in the midst of a revolution.
Jackman appeared on Ellen in late December to discuss his demanding role as Jean Valjean, which required him to appear gaunt and distressed in much of the film. “I lost about 25 pounds,” said Jackman. “I was as lean as I could possibly be.” Jackman had also gone on a water dehydration diet for certain portions of filming in order to get a “sunken cheek” look. “I hadn’t drunk for 36 hours I had a massive headache,” he said. (more…)
When we think of alone time, we often picture ourselves shopping without chasing children, having a quiet pedicure, or simply lying in the bathtub uninterrupted. For some truly quality alone time, you don’t have to go much further than inside your own mind. Meditation is a contemplative state where by you silently remove yourself from the physical and the present to reflect, increase clarity, and find a more serene or deeper state of consciousness.
It’s an ancient practice, often associated with yoga, that’s becoming increasingly popular in our scattered, harried, pressure-cooked society. Business professionals use it to decompress after a tough meeting or even find their center before heading in to the bull pen. Men and women alike use meditation to strengthen their minds, reduce stress, and even attain that “me time” that is so necessary.
It’s something Julia Roberts’ character in Eat Pray Love grappled with during the pray portion of her journey at an Indian ashram. But in real life, celebrities are embracing it seemingly with ease for a vast many reasons.
For instance, Richard Gere says a meditation practice helps him to stay grounded amongst the excess of Hollywood life. Eva Mendes credits meditation for helping her mine her best creativity, according to Well and Good. And Gisele Bundchen, who delivered her second child at home this month, has called meditation the source for her post-baby weight loss.
“A regular meditation practice creates mindfulness. Being mindful helps keep us from feeling distracted and impatient with life when things don’t go our way,” said Jill Lawson, our resident yogi expert. “When we are fully aware of our feelings through the practice of meditation, we can move toward being more proactive, instead of reactive. Taking action versus being frustrated is the first step in living a joyful life.”
We found 20 famous men and women who have dedicated themselves to the art and practice of meditation. If this group can make Power Bracelets, veganism, and the Master Cleanse a storming success, maybe they can serve as models to make us all a bit more mindful out here in the real world. (more…)
Rumors have spread quickly about Hugh Jackman, who played X-Men’s Wolverine, becoming a vegan. Could it be true that Wolverine isn’t eating animal products anymore? It certainly could be, but it’s not. Jackman recently wrote the foreword for Brendan Brazier’s book, Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life. In the foreword, Jackman acknowledges that he is not 100 percent vegan but that he might be, in the near future.
In the course of preparing for his upcoming film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, Jackman will be working hard to beef up for his role. Going vegan isn’t always simple, especially if you need to keep up your ripped-Wolverine persona. Thankfully, Jackman has a strong support system in place. He will be coached by personal trainer, Don Scott and vegan-nutritionist, Brendan Brazier. (more…)
If you were impressed with Hugh Jackman’s body in Wolverine, maybe you’d like to know how he got in shape. Maybe you’d like to emulate it. Now you can, and in person. Jackman is auctioning off two workouts, valued at $30,000, to support the Summit School for students with learning and adjustment challenges.
These aren’t just any workouts either. They’re part of the actor’s training to prepare for the next X-Men Origins movie. Don’t be intimidated, Jackman told E! Online that he’s willing to calibrate the session to the needs of the lucky winner. “If someone comes in and says, ‘I want to try it exactly how you train. I want to just go as hard as we can.’ We’ll go there,” Jackman said. “But if you want to come and have a light sweat, want to have a bit of fun, maybe an autograph or two, you can do that as well.” (more…)