Jorge Garcia is one of those actors who is proud of how he is and famous for the feature most people would rather avoid. Of course, he is a little big for a beam balance, but he has no issues with the matter. He is happy with it.
The 46-year-old is well-renowned for his lead acting of 'Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes' in the ABC adventure mystery 'Lost'. Of course, probably the most significant role he'd played is something very small in comparison. His role of the 'Jack and the Beanstalk' giant named 'Tiny' (instead of 'Anton, the Giant') from the fantasy series 'Once Upon a Time' says something about him. The struggle for image against the giants reflects in his real-life image among the people who want him to lose weight.
Anton was the smallest of the giants and wanted to prove worthy of being one, until he was the only one left. Source: Once Upon A Time, ABC Studios
The comedian/actor is living a blissful life right now with his wife, Rebecca Birdsall, after getting married just back in June in Dublin, Ireland (look at the pictures, they're beautiful and funny). He dressed in a nice suit alright, but he wore a Gorilla mask, along with some of his mates afterward. And they went to Greece for their whirlwind Honeymoon.
Jorge's Been the Same From His Younger Age
Call it a trait, the reason he's really comfortable with his weight and is never sensitive about it is that he's been that way ever since he was young. It never bothered him all his life, and his wife also embraces all that he is. He's shared some of the photos from his past, looking incredibly sweet, and it is evident that his weight is growing as steadily as his body does naturally.
It's not his fault that his body craves for food more often, which led him to the path of some unhealthy food choices, but he has tried to eat healthy these days. He wouldn't change the way he is just to please everyone else. Besides, his enormous size is his greatest feature and has allowed him to get into the signature roles that require the talent and the body that he has.
The Chilean and Cuban-rooted actor doesn't look, at all, bad. After his amazing 100lbs weight loss journey in 2017 (more below), life is nowhere near depressing for him. He's just living it.
The Actor Was Forced to Lose Weight to Get into 'Lost'
In the course of being cast in 'Lost' in 2004, he was bugged by his castmates and friend about them wanting him to lose weight. It's not like 'force' as much as it were 'concerns' he got from his friends, and then he himself decided enough was enough.
He did lose 30 pounds when filming for 'Lost' early on. Source: Lostified
In the March 2006 issue of Maxim, he revealed that he'd lost 30 pounds. "I can afford to not live on rum and burritos and take better care of myself," he told the magazine. "Besides, there were enough people who were waiting for my character to lose weight as a result of being stranded on a desert island."
He had a team of training coaches and an expert dietician to help him through the process. His healthy intake even included a Nooch diet. He started taking in more fruits and vegetables, and diet with high protein-low carbohydrates, and giving up any and all forms of alcohol.
What He Tried in Order to Lose an Amazing 100Lbs in 2016/2017
Of course, the attempt was successful for a while (when losing 30-40 pounds) but proved to be a little ineffective over time. Then he just reverted back and started growing even more. He was still around 400 pounds by 2014, and his friends & doctors have suggested certain ways to decrease it, as far as considering surgery.
He'd had it and then took the matter to his own hands. Source: Norman Shapiro, CBS
The 6 ft. 1 in tall was beginning to worry his friends and colleagues as they thought he was at risk of big-concern weight problems. They would be devastated if anything happened to him. He was risking himself to Type 2 Diabetes, stroke and sudden heart attack.
It's not like the curly-hair fanatic didn't see it either. After reaching his tipping point and being outside the threat zone, he started doing everything right.
He went 100% vegan and completely removed animal-based products from his diet, even dairy products.
He had a difficult time controlling his hunger for drinks and junk food. He resisted for a while, but his body's craving got the better of him. He did slim down though.
The Nooch diet and exercise during the beginning stint of 'Lost' were still carried on.
His close friends claimed he had gastric coronary bypass surgery, but he's never admitted to it. But the two years of dieting did make it unnecessary.
The journey was incredible for Jorge. And when 2017 rolled in, he had lost an incredible one-fourth of his weight to reduce it to 300 pounds, well outside the risk zone.
More On-Screen Shows to Come Following the 'Hawaii Five-0' Exit
After the weight loss journey, fans have been happy seeing him a little less fat and looking a little more detective-like as 'Jerry Ortega' on the CBS show 'Hawaii Five-0'. He first appeared on the show in 2013 (Season 4). He was undergoing his all-vegan diet when he was recalled for more episodes as a series regular in its Fifth Season (2014). He was then one of the main cast members for the following seasons.
You gotta admit, he's looking buffed after his transformation. Source: Hawaii Five-0, CBS
Fans were disheartened when the first episode of Season 10 arrived. It was apparently his last appearance in the show for the time being. His character has been discontinued despite surviving a gunshot wound. 'Jerry' left the task force to live a different life, starting with writing a novel. It remains unknown if he will return to the show in the future, but after leaving the show, Jorge stated that he had a blast playing 'Jerry'.
It's not the end of the road for him yet. He is set to star in three new movies whose release dates are still far ahead. 'When We Were Pirates' and 'Running Out of Time' announced him in the lead and co-lead cast, and the filming is yet to begin.
For now, he's got a wonderful wife at home and has a great time to be taking a break from the limelight to just enjoy family life. The might even be a bundle of joy soon, seeing how madly in love he and Rebecca were since they started dating a long time ago.
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