Sally Field looked slim and trim on Thursday night for an AFI Fest screening of Lincoln in Hollywood.
The star, 66, told Jay Leno last night that it wasn't easy to land the role of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife to Daniel Day-Lewis' presidential role. (Interestingly, Field is 11 years old than Day-Lewis in real life, but Mary Lincoln was a decade younger than her husband.)
"I really fought for it," Field told Leno, explaining that she auditioned for the role for Steven Spielberg, who "wasn't sure I was the right one at that time." And again with Day-Lewis, who flew in from Ireland for one day to test with her.
And then once she landed it, she gained 25 pounds to properly pull it off. (Filming took place in fall of last year.)
"I can do that very easily," said Jay. "Was it hard for you?"
Field said it was. "And it wasn't as much fun as you would think," she added. "First of all, it was horrifying because I'm of a certain age and I keep thinking if I don't do it right I'll drop dead halfway through this and someone else will get the role!"