Female actors speaking out about body shaming on set

“The director told me that in certain lighting conditions I looked like a monster.”


In a recent Instagram post, Amanda Bynes wrote, “I once did a movie where the director told me I looked like a monster in certain lights.”

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Lili Reinhart shared on her Instagram Story earlier this month, “A director once came up to me before a shoot and said, ‘Big in your stomach a little. Unfortunately, I often think about it when I’m filming a scene.”

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Jamie Lee Curtis became addicted to Vicodin after being prescribed the drug after plastic surgery. In 2019, she explained how a cameraman’s comment influenced her decision to go under the knife, saying, “We were shooting a scene in a courtroom with such a high, evil neon light, and it came down to my reporting in the scene . and [the cameraman] said, “I’m not going to shoot her today. Your eyes are too swollen. ‘”

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“I was so embarrassed and so embarrassed and ashamed,” she added.


Melanie Lynskey said earlier this year that a member of the production shamed her on stage Yellow jackets set: “They asked me, ‘What are you up to? I’m sure the producers will get you a trainer. They would be happy to help you with that. ‘”

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Her co-stars Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci and Juliette Lewis ended up writing a letter to the production on her behalf.


Last year, Jessie Cave recalled how a costume designer once grabbed her stomach: “It was just awful. And I laughed. You are like [she puts on a placating voice]: “Oh, you’re hurting me. Actually, it’s fine.'” As a result, Jessie will now go into the fitting feeling “terrified”: “I’m ready to experience something unkind.”

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Jennifer Lawrence said in 2017 that early in her career she was asked by a producer to lose 15 pounds in two weeks. “During that time, the producer had me do a nude pose with about five women who were much, much skinnier than me. We all stood side by side with only duct tape to cover our privates,” she explained.

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When Jennifer tried to tell another producer that asking was unreasonable, she replied that she didn’t know why people thought Jennifer was “so fat” when she thought she was “perfectly fuckable.”


Amy Schumer was asked to lose weight for her own film. train wreck. “The only change was that it was explained to me before I made this film [was] that as a woman in Hollywood, if you weigh over 140 pounds when you’re on screen, it’s going to hurt people’s eyes,” she said back in 2016.

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Sophie Turner previously spoke about the pressures of being on screen from a young age, saying in 2017: “There are times when I’ve done jobs and they’ve told me I need to lose weight, even if there’s nothing to do with it.” has to do with the character – it’s so fucked up.”

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Margaret Cho was told by ABC in the ’90s that she was “too overweight” to act herself. “I ended up in the hospital with kidney failure because I hadn’t eaten,” she recalled in 2015.

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Chloë Grace Moretz said she was physically shamed by a male costar when she was 15 and in her mid-20s. “This guy, who was my love interest, said, ‘I would never date you in real life,’ and I said, ‘What?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, you’re too big for me,'” she explained in 2017. “That was one of the few actors that ever made me cry on set.”

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Emma Thompson said she almost quit the 2008 film Brideshead reunion after her female costar was asked to lose weight. “It’s evil what’s going on out there and it’s only getting worse,” she said in 2017.

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Debra Messing said that on the set of the film a few years ago A walk in the clouds In 1995, director Alfonso Arau told her, “How soon can we get a plastic surgeon in here? Her nose is ruining my film.” She further claimed that the director forced her to do an unplanned nude scene.

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Kate Beckinsale continued her experience last year Pearl Harbour“There were diet plans and exercise programs that [were] really punitive. [They] really baffled me because I couldn’t understand why a nurse in the 40’s had to exercise so much. It was just a completely different situation.”

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Also, director Michael Bay didn’t find Kate attractive enough to be in the film.


Finally, in 2017, Minnie Driver revealed that she was told by Harvey Weinstein that she was “just not fuckable” when he was producing goodwill hunt. She ended up getting an Oscar nomination for her role, though Weinstein said she wasn’t “hot enough” for the role.

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