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Hayden Christensen reveals packing on '25 or 30 pounds' to fill out Darth Vader suit for TV series


Hayden Christensen reveals that he packed on ’25 or 30 pounds’ to fill out his Darth Vader suit for Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series

Hayden Christensen packed on some pounds to portray Star Wars villain Darth Vader on the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The 41-year-old actor in a recent interview with Fatherly said he worked out again like he did in 2005 to become the physically imposing Sith Lord.

‘I think that process was very important for me,’ said Hayden who transformed from hero Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader in the 2005 film Revenge Of The Sith.

Gained weight: Hayden Christensen, shown in May in London, packed on some pounds to portray Star Wars villain Darth Vader on the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi

Gained weight: Hayden Christensen, shown in May in London, packed on some pounds to portray Star Wars villain Darth Vader on the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi

‘I needed to become that character again, physically. I just consumed as many calories as possible. I put on 25 or 30 pounds to fill out that [Darth Vader] suit,’ he added.

Hayden said the process took about nine months, but his Darth Vader body didn’t stick around after filming.

‘I try to avoid the dad bod thing. And I was trying to maintain that Vader body after we finished. But, honestly, I pretty much just went back to my old diet. I kind of deflated after that,’ he admitted.

Hayden has seven-year-old daughter Briar Rose with his former partner Rachel Bilson, 40.

Worked out: The 41-year-old actor in a recent interview with Fatherly said he worked out again like he did in 2005 to become the physically imposing Sith Lord, shown in a still from Obi-Wan Kenobi

Worked out: The 41-year-old actor in a recent interview with Fatherly said he worked out again like he did in 2005 to become the physically imposing Sith Lord, shown in a still from Obi-Wan Kenobi

He shared last week during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that Briar was his sparring partner in preparation for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

‘We have a couple lightsabers kicking around the house,’ he explained, ‘She was my first lightsaber training partner when I came back to the Obi-Wan show.’

The Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries concluded its six-episode run on June 22.

Six episodes: The Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden, shown in May in London, concluded its six-episode run on June 22

Six episodes: The Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden, shown in May in London, concluded its six-episode run on June 22

Imposing figure: Hayden is shown as Darth Vader in a scene from Obi-Wan Kenobi

Imposing figure: Hayden is shown as Darth Vader in a scene from Obi-Wan Kenobi

Hayden will portray Anakin again in the upcoming limited series Ahsoka starring Rosario Dawson, 43, in the title role.

Ahsoka is scheduled to be released in 2023.

Hayden previously provided a voice cameo of Anakin in the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.

Dynamic duel: Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi are shown during a lightsaber duel on the Disney+ series

Dynamic duel: Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi are shown during a lightsaber duel on the Disney+ series

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