Being overweight is no fun, but the road from slim to overweight was enjoyable according to Kirstie Alley.
Alley weighed 114 pounds when she appeared as Lt. Saavik on Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, and she felt the pressure that Hollywood puts on women to be slim. “Being thin does make a difference, I told myself,” she said. “In my head I got that role because I was 114 pounds, not because I was a good actress or looked like a Vulcan.”
But Alley admits that the road to Weight Watchers was filled with good times. “It was the greatest thing in the world getting fat,” she said. “It was a happy-go-lucky time. I never had so much fun.”
Those fun days are gone and carrying extra weight does not make Alley happy. “It’s insane,” she said. “I’m disgusted with myself. I let myself down and, worse than that, I let other people down.”
Alley hopes to drop back to 135 lbs. “I know that’s a serious challenge,” she said, “but it comes from me asking ‘How do I want to live the second half of my life? What do I want to look like?’ It’s up to me to become the person I want to be.”