Why Jennifer Garner wants a ticker-tape parade for weight loss

Oct 31, 2013 at 2:05 p.m. ET

Jennifer Garner worked hard for her role on Dallas Buyers Club (some of it with the help of her new baby), so why is everyone praising only her co-stars?

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner took on a big task with her new film Dallas Buyers Club, and she's really upset no one has noticed. Garner's co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both lost significant weight in the film about the early days of HIV. But Garner wants people to know she lost a whole lot of weight too.

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"All anybody says is, 'All those boys lost 50 pounds,'" Garner told Jimmy Kimmel. "Do you know how much weight I lost before I did this movie? Fifty pounds. Has anyone given me a ticker-tape parade? No!"

The film follows an electrician from Texas who contracts HIV in 1986 and battles the medical and insurance establishments to be able to use alternative treatments. Garner plays a doctor in the film.

McConaughey lost a full 60 pounds, going from 185 to 135 over the extent of the film. Kimmel responded to Garner's complaint by teasing her about weight loss being easier for her, for one very important reason.

"And part of that was the baby coming out, right?" Kimmel said.

"Yeah, but whatever. Who cares?" Garner replied. "No one's asking me, 'Oh, how'd you lose all that weight?' Well, it wasn't easy!"

The 41-year-old actress added that Leto "just didn't eat," according to the Huffington Post.

"Jared looked like he was going to blow over in the wind," she said. "He kind of had a dazed look and then they would say, 'Action!' and he'd kind of be present and then go back into [the daze]. And then Matthew ate just a few hundred calories a day."

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All three actors had extensive discipline for the film, but none of them regrets what came out of it.

"I was going around and people were going, 'Hey, are you feeling all right?'" McConaughey recently told People. "But then I hit 135 pounds. I ran in to somebody and they didn't just ask if I was all right, they said, 'My God, we need to get you some help.' And I thought, 'There we go. That's the perfect spot.'"

You can see the outcome of all that weight loss when Dallas Buyers Club comes out in theaters Nov. 1.

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