Stranger Issues star David Harbor’s weight reduction – Hollywood Life

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David harbor has had quite a health journey over the years! The Stranger Things actor, previously praised for his “Dad Bod,” has also gained – and lost – a wealth of weight for roles.

Below, we break down the Hellboy actor’s body transformation, from auditioning for The Blob with, well, a bit of a belly, to losing weight and getting fit to further his acting career.

He previously celebrated his “Father Bod”

Although David is currently enjoying his recent weight loss, he still accepted his former “dad bod,” as he co-discussed on The Late Show Stephen Colbert in 2018 when the show’s host shared what David’s picture was like in Merriam-Webster for the tenure.

“I mean, you know, some people win Emmys, some people, you know…” David laughed at the joke, adding that he didn’t have any children at the time.

“You technically can’t have a father!” replied Stephen. “You just have a body!”

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“Or you’re such a great actor that in this place where you’ve studied dads so intensely – and their bodies – it goes way beyond having kids that you just built one in,” he continued. “So it just jumps over the kid part like that.”

“How do you know when you hit ‘Dad Bod’?” Stephen then asked.

“I had a moment years ago […] when I was called to audition for a character in the ‘X-Men’ series called ‘The Blob’, which is basically a character who controls gravitational forces with her stomach,” joked David. “I remember at the end of the audition I pulled my shirt up a bit and squeezed my stomach and said, ‘I’ve got your blob right here!’ You know.”

“And the director seemed very interested in me and he called me to meet at this hotel and I met and I went with him and he said, ‘David, we love you, we think you’re wonderful, we think you are a wonderful actor! We’re just a little concerned […] you won’t be able to wear that suit and you just aren’t healthy enough to play the part.’”

“And I was like, ‘So you’re saying I’m too fat to act… ‘The Blob,'” he joked. “That’s when I knew I had to have a ‘Dad Bod!’ would have.”

He’s opening up about his weight loss — sort of

David harbor David Harbor (John Nacion/NurPhoto).

Speaking to Page Six in fall 2021, David detailed how he achieved his physique — with a few jokes to start with, of course.

“It just won’t eat,” he stated. “It’s wonderful. You try to do all these different things, the protein and this and that, and then you just stop eating and you’ve lost weight.” He added that “Gaining weight is my favorite thing to do. I’m really good at that.”

With that said, he admitted it was “really smart to take it off.”

The weight loss at the time was partly due to his role as Jim Hopper on Stranger Things, leading fans to think his character was dead by season 3. However, by the end of the season finale, it was revealed that Hopper was living in a Russian prison – hence David had to make it appear as if he were an inmate.

“I think you’ll see, nutritionally it’s not very good for me, mentally and nutritionally,” he joked, keeping his real secrets behind the scenes, well, behind the scenes.

His wife’s reaction to his weight loss

David Harbour, Lilly Allen David Harbor and Lilly Allen (Shutterstock).

Speaking to the New York Times in June 2021, David opened up about how he actually gained (and lost) weight for his role in Black Widow. “I thought, ‘Let’s use the weight.’ So I started eating even more. I’ve gone as high as 280 pounds and I’ve loved it,” he told the outlet.

It was around this time that he met his now wife, a British singer Lilly Allenwho actually agreed with his physique. “It’s a true testament to my undeniable charisma to say that my wife met me when I was 280 pounds. with that beard and hair,” he joked. “We had a date at the Wolseley [restaurant] in London, and she really fell in love with me, physically and hairwise, at my worst.”

For the Marvel flick, however, David’s Russian soldier Alexei Shostakov had to be shown in multiple flashbacks to his youth – forcing the actor to commit to losing weight.

“I said to the first AD [assistant director], ‘Listen, we gotta do the flashback stuff at the end so when we do the flashback I’ll lose the weight and be skinny.’ And he said, ‘You’ll never be skinny,'” the actor recalled, laughing. “I said, ‘Yeah, I will, man.’ And I lost about 60 pounds. by shooting. The first thing we shot was in prison, so the belly that’s coming your way, that’s all real belly. And then as we were filming, I started losing weight. I was just hungry from filming.”

After shedding 30 pounds, Lilly apparently had “mixed feelings” about her husband’s new look.

“She honestly has mixed feelings. It’s a good place to be in a relationship,” he said. “It’s really good to start the relationship with that part instead of being the young handsome buck and watching you degenerate over the years.”

Lilly always seems to give her man the cutest compliments, regardless of his weight! Speaking to PEOPLE in 2019 after being voted one of their “Men of the Year,” he shared how the “Smile” singer once said he was “so beautiful it was an outrage.”

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