Oscars fitness prep: How the Best Actress nominees get in shape

Actresses can spend as much time prepping for the Oscars Award Ceremony as they do for the role that got them there. We've got the nominees' workouts of choice.
Simone De La Rue celebrity fitness trainer
Simone De La Rue at her West Chelsea fitness studio. (Photo: K. Luce for the New York Times)


Actors and actresses can spend as much time training for the Oscars Award Ceremony as they do for the role that got them there.

(Award-season prep is an industry unto itself with trainers, nutritionists, facialists and stylists, all sculpting, buffing, and shaping the nominees into the most gorgeous versions of themselves.)

So last night, when the red-carpet cameras panned down every inch of every nominee’s gown, you know there’s a trusted fitness regime (and nutrition plan) responsible for what’s under it.

What did the nominees rely on to get them ready for the scrutiny and glamour of Oscar night?

Here’s what this year’s Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominees say are their Oscar-worthy workouts of choice:


Jessica Chastain: The “Zero Dark Thirty” star is known for her healthy lifestyle, vegan cooking skills, and fitness regimen of yoga and Pilates. As she told the New York Times, “I’m not the girl who goes to spinning class. I do yoga once in a while. I used to think about dieting, but I’m vegan now, so it’s not really a problem.”

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence en route to a workout

Jennifer Lawrence: Lawrence famously toned up with Parkour and martial arts for her grueling role in “The Hunger Games,” but since then she’s dialed things back. The “Silver Linings Playbook” star works out with long-time trainer Dalton Wong and does yoga and Pilates. And given the movie, we suspect she’s doing quite a bit of dancing and running.

Quvenzhane Wallis: Nominated for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Wallis is just 9 years old (the youngest ever Best Actress nominee). We’re guessing that her exercise still comes from the playground.

Emmanuelle Riva: The 85-year-old “Amour”star is the oldest ever Best Actress nominee. She many not be hitting the gym, but the actor was so drawn to this role, she told the LA Times she “raced onto set” everyday for filming.

Naomi Watts: Nominated for her role in “The Impossible,” Naomi Watts works out with trainer Simone De La Rue, who calls Watts one of her most dedicated clients. Watts does the dance cardio workout five times per week, and also enjoys cycling with her family, and meditating.


Amy Adams: Nominated for her role in “The Master,” Adams enjoys hitting the gym with her fiance, Darren Le Gallo.

Anne Hathaway makes her way to a workout

Anne Hathaway: The “Les Miserable” nominee famously lost 25 pounds for her role, and has since focused on returning to a healthy diet and fitness regimen.  She opts for a largely plant-based diet, and is a fan of both Bikram yoga and martial arts when not working out with her trainer, Simone de la Rue.

Sally Field: Nominated for her role in “Lincoln,” Field has also played a big role in osteoporosis education. She teamed up with fitness expert Kathy Kaehler to educate people on how to build bone and muscle strength.

Helen Hunt: Nominated for her role in “The Sessions,” Hunt stays in shape by surfing and doing yoga. During Oscar season, she opts for a home practice or yoga DVD to fit into her busy schedule.

Jacki Weaver: Nominated for her performance as Bradley Cooper’s mother in “Silver Linings Playbook,” we don’t have any intel on her workout of choice.

Which of these workouts do you do? Are you surprised there isn’t more boot camp or spinning among celebs? Tell us in the Comments, below!

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