Tom Hooper that we know as Luther from Netflix’s Umbrella Academy, opens up about his past health struggles as he endured from disordered eating.
British actor Tom Hooper plays the role of Luther Hargreeves at Umbrella Academy. Luther is a fan-favorite character who is known for his brutish strength and adored for his sheepish personality and big brother mentality.
Through time, Hopper has taken up several roles. Some might recognize him as Sir Percival in the BBC series Merlin or by his recurring role as Dickon Tarly at HBO’s Game of Thrones. He was recently seen in the Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, alongside Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson.
Hopper has ever been seen in these demanding roles. Seeing his fitness and muscle build, it is surprising to learn that he has struggled with an eating disorder for many years.
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Hopper said that he’s fought with a poor lifestyle before and suffered from an eating disorder. He explained he is an extremist in a lot of things he can and that goes into the harmful things he used to do previously. He admits that he had an extremely unhealthy lifestyle back into his 20s.
He used to smoke 20 cigarettes a day and consume fast food on most days. On his trips to McDonald’s, he’d purchase a Big Mac meal with a large strawberry shake and then follow along with two cheeseburgers on the side. Some days he would eat 12 Krispy Kreme donuts in a sitting or 2 big Domino’s pizzas.
He said that as a young man with high metabolism, he seemed to fit on the outside regardless of a large amount of food ingestion. Though, it messed him up on the interior. He suffered from severe headaches and was sick all of the time. He admits to having lived with this unhealthy food habit for quite a while.
He further said that the fitness regimen he followed for his roles did little to aid in improving his health. It just made him concentrate on looking good on the outside but it didn’t help him improve his real wellness. He continued being sick and having low energy.
He learned about gut health and which food he should eat and he must avoid making him healthy. With his education in gut health, Hopper has been successful in improving his health and lifestyle and that’s what encouraged him to speak out about his struggles to ensure people like him can take inspiration from him.