Diane Neal’s weight gain has recently become a major subject of concern for her fans as she looks completely different. While the Circle of Deception actress isn’t pregnant, we believe her illness and medication led her to gain weight significantly. Similarly, the 47-year-old looks equally beautiful and charming even if she looks heavier on today’s date.
Diane Neal (born November 17, 1976) is an American politician and actress better known as Casey Novak in the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She is also well known for her portrayal of Coast Guard Investigative Service Special Agent Abigail Borin in the television series NCIS.
Neal, who was born in Alexandria, Virginia, had aspired to be a celebrity since she was a child. She began modeling when she was 18 years old, but she later quit to return to school to finish her education. In 2001, she made her acting debut in an episode of Ed. Two years later, in the 2003 film Second Born, she made her big screen debut.
She first appeared on SVU as a guest star before landing the role of Novak in season five. Neal was nominated for a Prism Award in 2007 for her performance in SVU. She has also played Circle of Deception, Allison Holt in Suits, Cynthia Sheridan in Power, and Lisa Campbell in The Following.
Many people have recently noticed changes in her appearance, and people who like women with a little flesh on their bones began to notice the Casey actress when she began to gain weight. Now the people are upset because she’s leaving the show and they can’t stand looking at the new bigger Casey. So, if you are looking the same, here is everything you need to know about Diane Neal’s weight gain!
Diane Neal’s Weight Gain: Because of Her Illness and a Car Accident, the Circle of Deception Star Consumed a Lot of Medication Which Ultimately Led Her to Gain Significant Weight!
For those who are unaware, Diane Neal (@dianeneal) gained some weight halfway through the ninth season of the Law & Order franchise. At first, we believed the rumors and assumed it was a pregnancy. However, Hollywood bound (a far superior expert on Neal) cleared it up for us that her pregnancy was not the reason for her weight gain.
At the time she was said to be very sick, and the steroids in the medicine the doctors gave her caused her to gain weight. She also got a terrible chest infection while filming an episode, which she mentioned, and combined with the long hours of work she wasn’t able to get the rest she needed and she had a hard time breathing so she couldn’t go to the gym — she started to get better during the writers strike because she was able to slow down and take better care of herself:)
Neal was also involved in a car accident in 2013 that left her with a fractured spine which is also the one reason for her weight gain. Neal’s acting career was put on hold due to her injuries which gave her more free time. In those free time, she gained a lot of extra weight and unintentionally piqued her interest in politics as a spark that would continue to burn until her 2018 bid to stand for the House of Representatives. Later, in an interview with Elle, she explained,
I’m upstate because a drunk driver fractured my spine and I’ve been unable to work for several years as a result. The only advantage is that I have a lot of free time. And I’ve been upstate [in New York] full-time, and I’ve seen how neglected it is.
Similarly, while Diane Neal was filling her career’s first intimate scenes with Tahmoh Penikett (@TahmohPenikett)l, she said director Ashley Williams made her feel super comfortable with her overweight problem on the set. In fact, Neal could tell from their first phone call that Williams and Lifetime would be open to everything she brought to the table.
While Neal has been a regular on television for decades, Circle of Deception is her first role since The Following and Blue Bloods in 2015. The actor had reservations about the film because of her illness and weight gain, but she was put at ease when the network told her: “Anything you want, however you look, go for it. We’re regular women.”
Though she sells Peggy Sue Thomas‘ stone-faced deliveries, Neal also nails the character’s more spunky memories, whether in bed, leading a dance at a bar, or gossiping about how to spice up s*x. To say the least, it was empowering. Later, Neal said,
To be such a hyper-sexualized woman in a bigger body was unbelievable. My first [romantic scenes] are in this film, and I play a larger woman. As a real woman, like a woman-woman.
As of today in 2022, Neal is sleeting down with her new overweight body transformation and getting used to it. As far as we know, Neal has no acting projects lined up, but with everything going on in her personal life, we don’t blame her.