Andra Day was prepared to go to nice lengths for her portrayal of Billie Vacation.

The rising star, who skilled widespread success from her 2015 single “Rise Up,” was tapped to play the enduring jazz singer within the upcoming biopic, The US vs. Billie Vacation

In her W Journal interview, which printed on Feb. 23, the 36-year-old singer revealed what she underwent to bodily remodel into the late legend. 

“I did some fairly excessive issues for the character,” she confessed. “There was the drastic weight reduction—I needed to have a physique that regarded like that interval in time. Ravenous myself made me very weak on set and slowed me down in a approach that basically helped with the scenes with heroin. Then I began smoking cigarettes; it made me really feel like Billie. I am very quick, and he or she’s like molasses. Smoking helped to drop me into these darkish locations.”

 She additionally elaborated on the load loss, noting, “I used to be initially 163 after I began. I bought all the way down to 124. I do not essentially suggest however to me, I did not need my physique to seem like a gymnasium physique of 2020 or 2019 on the time. For me, it was necessary having a interval physique.”