THE SOPRANOS star Robert Iler is set to show off a new svelte look when his show returns to TV screens, after shedding 35 pounds (15.8 kilograms) through diet and exercise.

Three years ago, the 20-year-old actor weighed in at 180 pounds (81.6 kilograms) before going on the Atkins diet, starting a workout plan and regularly skateboarding and playing basketball.

Iler, who plans to purchase a treadmill soon, says, "I ate everything. A lot of pizza. On-set there's just bags of chips and boxes of cookies.

"Now I love chicken, that's all I eat.

"A lot of people are saying I look older and better. It's good to hear. That's another thing that will definitely keep me working out and not getting out of shape again."

05/08/2005 09:42