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Marissa Jaret Winokur drops 60 pounds, still considered a 'chubby actress'

Nov. 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM ET

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Marissa Jaret Winokur before and after her weight loss.

Marissa Jaret Winokur has dropped 60 pounds since January 2012. 

In 2011, she lost 20 lbs. after two weeks of working out at "The Biggest Loser’s" Fitness Ridge in Malibu. But the holidays rolled around and those nasty pounds crept back on. So she got serious about her workouts after New Years.

She turned up at the "Wreck-it-Ralph" premiere Monday night (Oct. 29) in Los Angeles showing off the foxy fruits of her labors, an astonishing 60 lb. weight loss.

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But getting herself down to a size 2, that oh-so-important designer sample size, hasn’t really helped her land roles in Skinny Town, USA, otherwise known as Hollywood.

"I definitely have moments where I'll go to an audition or a meeting and girls are just so much skinnier, “ she told The Insider. “I'm still in Hollywood. I still will be considered a chubby actress."

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The "Hairspray" Tony winner and contestant on Season 6 of "Dancing with the Stars" says that her decision to lose weight had nothing to do with dissatisfaction with the way she looked -- it had to do with getting roles and getting healthy.

But she admits sheepishly that she has kept clothes from larger sizes just in case she puts the pounds back on.

"I know it's horrible," she admits. "But here's the thing ... My fear is, what do you do? I have jeans that fit me great and what if I gain it back? I need those jeans."

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Winokur, a cervical cancer survivor, says the most important thing in her life is not how little she weighs.

"I've had a great career. I'm happily married. I have a beautiful son,” she said. “I've never felt like my weight defines me."

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