"Breaking Bad" star Anna Gunn made headlines after showing off her dramatic weight loss at the 2013 Emmy Awards in September, but insists she is well. The 5-foot-10 Anna has reportedly lost over 30 pounds.
Gunn's dramatic transformation has fueled rumors that she's suffering from the eating disorder anorexia. But Anna said her shocking weight loss was not due to an extreme diet or excessive exercise, but to an undisclosed health issue.
Anna explained that she had gained weight while filming season six of "Breaking Bad" because of an unna,ed illness, but lost the weight after getting off the drug cortisone.
"I was actually ill while I was filming the show and it affected my weight," Gunn told People. "They gave me cortisone and I puffed up and gained weight. Now I'm better, thank God."
Cortisone (or hydrocortisone) is a steroid hormone typically used to treat gland and hormone disorders, arthritis, lupus, skin diseases, allergies, and asthma. Weight gain is a known side effect of cortisone.
While Anna declined to elaborate on her illness, she said she is better now, and stays in shape by doing Pilates workouts. "I run around after two kids, and I do Pilates," she said. "I'm doing fine. I'm feeling really good."
Interestingly, Gunn sported a fuller figure in 2012 and 2011 (see photo far left), when she presumably was not ill. During season four of "Breaking Bad," Anna's unsympathetic character was brutally slammed by fans, and she was repeatedly called fat and criticized for her weight gain.
The character-bashing of Gunn's on-screen persona, Skyler White, got so over-the-top that she penned a New York Times op-ed last month discussing the widespread hatred toward her character.
"As an actress, I realize that viewers are entitled to have whatever feelings they want about the characters they watch," wrote Gunn, 45. "But as a human being, I’m concerned that so many people react to Skyler with such venom."
Gunn never addressed the vicious fat-shaming directed at her, but said she learned to distance herself emotionally from the vitriolic hatred toward her character.
"I finally realized that most people’s hatred of Skyler had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives," she wrote. "I can’t say that I have enjoyed being the center of the storm of Skyler hate. But in the end, I’m glad that this discussion has happened."