Her titular role in the upcoming biopic The United States vs. Billie Holiday, which will premiere on Hulu Friday (Feb. 26), peels back the curtain on the legendary jazz singer's declining physical health during the '50s. To portray the "Strange Fruit" singer's heavy drinking and heroin addiction on screen, Day took some off-screen measures of her own that she doesn't recommend in order to obtain a "period body" that was accurate for the time the film was set in.
"There was the drastic weight loss. So I was originally 163 when I started. I got down to 124. I don't necessarily recommend," she explained to W Magazine in a new interview Tuesday (Feb. 23). "For me, it was like I didn't want my body to look like a gym body of 2020, or 2019 at the time. For me, it was important having a period body. The other thing is it made me very weak on set and slowed me down in a way that really helped with the heroin."