If you haven’t heard of Jay Ellis or his character in HBO’s hit series Insecure, a) you’re missing out and b) you will soon. Ellis plays Lawrence, the ex-boyfriend of rising star Issa Rae in the show and the 35-year old cut 15 pounds for the role. His character has undergone a total makeover of sorts, ever since he ditched his Best Buy uniform. Most noticably, the change has been in this body. Ellis told People that since his character was training for a marathon, he would too for, you know, authenticity. He started with just a mile a day, then 5 miles, running 4-5 days each week. He also started boxing and cut back on the heavy carbs. 

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