Over the past few months, Hayek has been one of the reigning queens of the bathing suit Instagram post. But during a June 8 interview with InStyle, the actor admitted that the bikini photos she’s been posting over the past few months are actually from last year. Hayek said she took all the photos over one week during a Christmas vacation trip. The star banked the stunning pics for later use, anticipating the weight she’d be gaining for her role in the upcoming Ridley Scott film House of Gucci. “I don’t have any shame in telling you this because I’m excited that I even got to that point,” Hayek said. “For a week, I looked like that, you know?”
In February, Hayek told Entertainment Tonight she “had to lose a lot of weight and exercise to get into the bikini towards the end of last year,” so she’s glad she documented her success. As she told the outlet, “I’m not in the same condition today, and I’m spreading the love out like every two weeks,” but she added that she’ll soon run out of throwback photos.
By New Year’s, Hayek had shifted to taking selfies from the shoulders up, according to InStyle. “It was not even the end of the holiday yet, and I was like, ‘OK, bring me caftans!” she recalled. The actor said she enjoyed putting on the weight for her recent role. “I was in Italy, and it was like a dream come true. You’re in Rome, and you’re in a movie, and it’s the rounder you are, the better it is for your character. That to me was nirvana,” Hayek told Variety. “I swear I would order with a smile on my face: ‘I’ll have the pasta again.’ I love pasta. And it would come, and it would be like guilt-free.”
Naturally, Hayek hasn’t enjoyed trying to lose the weight as much. The actor told InStyle that she’s “lost very little.” She added that, “You gain it so fast, but it takes so long to lose it.”