Maisie Williams has revealed she lost almost two stone in weight in preparation for her latest role as Catherine Dior.
The Game Of Thrones star has revealed that he lost 26 pounds to realistically portray Dior’s emaciated appearance when he returned to Paris after World War II.
Maisie stars in the 10-part Apple TV+ series The New Look, which focuses on fashion designers Christian Dior and Coco Chanel during World War II.
The series also explores the never-before-told story of Catherine, the younger sister of fashion designer Christian Dior, whose character in the biopic is based on the book Miss Dior by Justine Picardie.
Catherine was arrested and tortured by the Gestapo in July 1944 after joining the Resistance and becoming a key member of a covert network collecting intelligence for the Allies.
Maisie Williams has revealed that she lost almost two kilos of weight in preparation for her latest role as Catherine Dior in the Apple TV+ series The New Look.
The Game Of Thrones star has revealed that he lost 26 pounds to realistically portray Dior’s emaciated appearance when he returned to Paris after World War II (pictured in January 2023).
She was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Ravensbrück concentration camp and in order for Maisie to accurately portray her emaciated appearance in scenes set after the war, the actress underwent a harsh transformation.
Supervised by medical professionals, Maisie has revealed to Harper’s Bazaar that “he ate very little.” He managed to lose weight primarily by sweating liquid right before filming, a technique boxers and jockeys use before competing.
“I had to get up at four in the morning to start sweating,” he explained. ‘The night before, around 7 or 8 pm, they allowed me to have something salty and dehydrating: some smoked salmon and a glass of wine.
Then I took a very hot bath with lots of salts. And I kind of levitated into bed and slept for about three hours, and I woke up and ate a handful of nuts.
“At this point I couldn’t sleep through the night. I would wake up and feel like a marble in a bottle, spinning around…’
Todd A. Kessler’s historical series also stars Ben Mendelsohn as Christian Dior and Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel.
John Malkovich also appears as French couturier Lucien Lelong and Emily Mortimer as socialite and close collaborator of Coco Chanel Elsa Lombardi.
The first images Maisie was almost unrecognizable in her close-up as Mendelsohn’s on-screen sister.
Maisie plays Catherine, Christian Dior’s younger sister, who was arrested and tortured by the Gestapo in July 1944 after joining the Resistance.
Catherine Dior was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Ravensbrück concentration camp and then forced to work in the Torgau military prison before her release in April 1945.
The series will make its global debut with the first three episodes on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 on Apple TV+, followed by one episode every Wednesday through April 3.
Inspired by true events and filmed exclusively in Paris, the series centers on fashion designers Christian Dior and Coco Chanel as they navigate the horrors of World War II and launch modern fashion.
Set during the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II, the drama focuses on the pivotal moment in the 20th century when the French city brought the world back to life through its fashion icon Dior.
As Dior rises to prominence with its innovative and iconic label of beauty and influence, Chanel’s reign as the world’s most famous fashion designer is put in jeopardy.
Todd A. Kessler’s historical series also stars Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel, Ben Mendelsohn as Christian Dior and John Malkovich as French couturier Lucien Lelong.
The intertwined saga follows the surprising stories of Dior’s contemporaries and rivals, from Chanel to Pierre Balmain, Cristóbal Balenciaga and more.
It also offers an insight into the workshop, designs and clothing created by Christian Dior through collaboration with the House of Dior.
The series’ soundtrack is produced by Grammy Award winner Jack Antonoff and includes covers of popular songs from the early and mid-20th century performed by artists such as Bleachers, Florence Welch, Lana Del Rey, Matty Healy (The 1975), Beabadoobee , Nick Cave, Perfume Genio and more.
The March issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK will be on sale from February 8.