It’s normal for male Hollywood stars to change weight dramatically for their roles. This is a journey that Stranger Things star David Harbor has been on for quite some time. Harbor revealed to The New York Times in 2021 that after already gaining weight for his role on the Netflix show, he gained even more to play a retired super soldier in Marvel’s Black Widow. “I thought, ‘Let’s use the weight.’ So I started eating even more, I got to 280 pounds and I loved it,” Harbor told the outlet.
For Harbour, his extreme weight gain coincided with meeting his now-wife, Lily Allen. Luckily, Allen was delighted either way. “It’s a true testament to my undeniable charisma to say that my wife met me at 280 pounds with that beard and hair,” Harbor joked, adding that Allen “falls really in love with me at my worst.” has, physically and hairwise. The actor would undergo another physical transformation during the final stages of filming Black Widow. Harbor dropped 60 pounds for a flashback in the 2021 action film and claimed Allen actually has “mixed feelings” about the weight loss.
Nonetheless — as Stranger Things season 4 viewers probably know — Harbor has recently undergone another amazing transformation.
David Harbor lost a staggering amount of weight
If you’re following Stranger Things Season 4, you’ll know that David Harbor (spoiler alert) is looking slim again as Hawkins sheriff Jim Hopper. Hopper, who was jailed in Russia for a year before the premiere, also appears to have lost most, if not all, of the weight he’s gained over the past three seasons. On a July 4 episode of BBC Breakfast (per the Daily Mail), Harbor confirmed this, revealing, “By the end of season three I weighed about 270 pounds and when we got into this season I was 190.” What a steep descent! When asked about his diet secrets, Harbor quipped, “Not eating…and being hungry is a lot,” stressing that his weight-loss journey “wasn’t easy.”
Often dubbed the definitive “Dad Bod” by thirsty fans in recent years, Harbor told People in 2018 that he has a “fun relationship” with the term. “I kind of love it and the reason why I love it is actually very serious,” he explained, continuing, “I love the idea of real bodies on TV.” Harbour, who discovered that people admire his “dad body.” idolized on Stranger Things, said that he himself is “fed up with those impossibly skinny bodies on TV.” While he also doesn’t want people to be “unhealthy,” Harbor told People that he just wants “people to feel good in their bodies.” Hear hear.