For her role in the German drama 3096 Tage, Antonia Campbell-Hughes truly embodied the maxim that "art is pain." The movie is based on the harrowing true story of Natascha Kampusch, an Austrian girl who was abducted at age 10 and subsequently spent more than eight years—3096 days, to be exact—in captivity. She shaved her head and went on an extreme diet to accurately portray Kampusch, who weighed less than 100 pounds when she escaped her captor. The dungeon that Kampusch was kept in measured less than 54 square feet.
The soundproofed cell was recreated to scale for the filming of 3096 Tage, "to keep the sense of claustrophobia." Campbell-Hughes couldn't even stand up in the room, and suffered multiple injuries on the set as a result—including a broken rib, broken toe, a torn Achilles tendon, and numerous other cuts and bruises. Beyond the physical pain, Campbell-Hughes also had to open herself to the psychological trauma Kampusch went through after being abused for years. Even after filming had wrapped, the suffering wasn't over: when the still shockingly thin actress made a red carpet appearance in 2012, tabloids speculated wildly about her having an eating disorder. In spite of it all, Campbell-Hughes is satisfied with the end result. "I worked very hard on that film," she later told the Belfast Telegraph. "I learned from it. I wouldn't do anything differently."