When Gwyneth Paltrow was told to bulk up

Updated: Apr 28, 2010, 09:08 AM IST

Los Angeles: Oscar-winning-actress Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her slender figure but the actress had to ditch her toned look for a new movie.

After finishing shooting for ``Iron Man 2``, the actress headed to Nashville to shoot for ``Love Don``t Let Me Down`` but Paltrow was told by the director to plump up.

The actress will be seen in the role of a country musician in the film, which requires her to have a fuller figure, Access Hollywood reported. "Basically, I play a country western singer and I had been in great shape for ``Iron Man 2`` and the director said, ``I don``t want you to be so muscle-y``," Paltrow said.

"So it wasn``t so much gaining weight as just trying to soften up the edges a bit and not work out so much." The actress gained "probably like 10 pounds" for the role.

She also tried to put on more but her hectic work schedule kept her from gaining more weight. "I tried to gain more, but I think I was also working so hard and such long hours that it was offset my Bridget Jones attempt," she said.

The actress had to undergo a strict diet and exercise plan to shed those extra kilos.