None of us are immune to the temptations of greasy food and Netflix marathons on the couch – even celebrities. Some of our favorite celebrities have gone from total hunks to being rather chubby over the course of time. Everyone has their own reasons; some had to bulk up for a role, some have struggled with health issues, and some simply stopped caring. Here are some of the most surprising star transformations from fit to fat.
1. Val Kilmer
You’d never know it now, but Kilmer used to be one of the most attractive actors in Hollywood in the eighties and nineties. His most notable movies are Top Gun, Tombstone, and Batman Forever. Recently, he seems to have retired from acting – he hasn’t released a movie since 2013.
2. Jessica Simpson
In the early 2000’s, Simpson was an adorable blonde popstar with a killer body. However, in the past few years, she seems to have gained a little weight (not that it makes her any less adorable). She’s happily married to Eric Johnson with two kids, so clearly this weight gain isn’t related to anything negative in her life.
3. Matthew Perry
Perry became a superstar in the nineties as Chandler on the massive hit TV show Friends. However, after the show ended, he struggled with drugs and alcohol, and bulked up rather drastically as well. Luckily, he is now clean, and we hope that he’ll soon find a great new follow-up to Friends.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio
We all remember DiCaprio as the charming golden boy in Titanic and Romeo + Juliet. However, everyone must grow up at some point, and DiCaprio has definitely filled out in adulthood. This hasn’t stopped him from acheiving massive success, though – he’s starred in many of the most notable movies of the past decade.
5. Janet Jackson
The pop star was known for years for her dance moves and trim figure. In recent years, she’s become much more private, and when she performs, she’s much more covered up. This definitely hides some of the weight gain that’s come with age for her.
6. Russell Crowe
Crowe is another one of our favorite actors – we all know and love him as the star of some of blockbuster action movies like Gladiator. However, in pictures from the beginning of his career, he’s so much trimmer he’s almost unrecognizable! We’re glad that this hasn’t seemed to affect his career too much, though.
7. Kelly Clarkson
Clarkson has always been a bit curvy, but she’s definitely gained a very significant amount of weight since her American Idol days. She’s attributed this change in her appearance to the birth of her first child. However, it hasn’t affected her beautiful singing voice in the slightest, which is still stunning.
8. Alec Baldwin
Baldwin is a member of an acting family – he has three brothers that are actors as well. He was absolutely stunning in his early career, but he’s definitely bulked up with age. That hasn’t stopped him from starring on 30 Rock – as well as appearing in those ubiquitous Capital One commercials.
9. Mariah Carey
Carey has been a mainstay on the pop scene since the 1980’s. Back then, she was in amazing shape, but she’s filled out considerably since then. Makes sense, since she’s had two children. However, she still rocks her curves, and is currently performing in Las Vegas.
10. Brendan Fraser
Fraser starred in the Mummy series over a decade ago, where he played a handsome adventurer in Egypt. However, now he looks pretty different – gone are the rock-hard abs of the action-movie days. His career seems to have slowed down as well, but we hope to seem him back at work soon.
11. Jon Favreau
Favreau was one of the most popular indie comedy actors of the nineties, and he looked completely different than he does now. He appears to have gained at least fifty pounds, but his career has transitioned accordingly. He’s now a successful director, having worked on movies like Iron Man and The Jungle Book.
12. Jonah Hill
This funnyman has always been known for being a little on the chubby side, but at the beginning of his career, he was much thinner than he has been in recent years. However, he’s slimming down for roles in new movies. Next up, you’ll see him in action comedy War Dogs with Miles Teller.
13. Marlon Brando
Brando was one of the most recognizable stars of the fifties, sixties, and seventies. He was very well known for his work in The Godfather movies in particular. While he was very handsome in the beginning of his career, he stopped caring later on in life, and bulked up drastically. He passed away in 2004.
14. John Travolta
Travolta has been a recognizable star for decades. He played the slick leading man in flicks like Grease and Saturday Night Fever, but now he’s gained weight in his older age. He’s still a huge fixture in Hollywood, and has many new movies on the way.
15. Vince Vaughn
Vaughn is one of America’s most successful comedians, known for roles in movies like Wedding Crashers and The Internship. He also recently appeared in popular TV show True Detective. He’s definitely gotten bigger over the years, but the change has been so gradual that many people haven’t noticed.