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November 18, 2014 08:00 PM

Getting eliminated from Dancing with the Stars can be a disappointing experience. But Lea Thompson admits it does have its perks.

Specifically, a free pass to devour everything in sight.

“I just ate everything,” she told PEOPLE at The Hunger Games premiere in Los Angeles on Monday. “It wasn’t like I was trying not to eat [while on Dancing]. It was just so nerve-wrecking I couldn’t eat. I was so scared – and you don’t get a day off for two and a half months!”

Thompson, 53, was surprisingly eliminated last week after a string of solid performances, but showed no sign of sour grapes on Monday. Instead, the Switched at Birth actress seems to enjoy the return to normalcy.

“I laid in bed, then I did laundry.” she says of her post-show agenda. “I’m eating now.”

Thompson says she lost weight during her grueling stint on the show – a little too much weight – so she had no fear as she wolfed down the snacks following her elimination.

“I’m a little too thin,” she admits, adding that she wore little red Maschino dress to the premiere because “I’m very thin from Dancing with the Stars and I could fit into it.”

Reporting by MATTHEW COLE WEISS

Lea Thompson and professional partner Artem Chigvintsev on Dancing with the Stars
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