Melanie Lynskey Says She Was Body Embarrassed On ‘Coyote Ugly’ Set

Melanie Lynskey is reflecting on the body shame she faced during her early days in Hollywood.

O yellow jackets The 44-year-old actress joined her co-stars Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress in a profile for The Hollywood Reporter, in which they reflected on their careers in the entertainment industry. Lynskey shared that she has painful memories of being embarrassed and pressured to lose weight on the 2000 set. ugly coyote.

“All the girls had this regimen that they had to follow. It was ridiculous,” explained Lynskey. “I was already starving and as thin as possible for this body, and I was still a [size] four. It was already people putting too much Spanx on me in the wardrobe accessories and getting really disappointed when they saw me, the costume designer saying, ‘Nobody told me there would be girls like you.’ Very intense feedback about my physicality, my body, people doing my makeup and saying, ‘I’m just going to help you out by giving you a little more jaw and stuff.’ Only the feedback was constantly like, ‘You’re not pretty. You are not beautiful. In your mid-20s, a lot of it is about beauty, and how do people respond to you, and do people want to fuck you?”

Melanie Lynskey poses for photographers at the premiere of ugly coyote at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on July 31, 2000. (Photo by George De Sota/Liaison)

In May, Lynskey said Vulture that she faced that kind of pressure after her breakout role in 1994 Celestial Creatures, when she was just a teenager. She said that at the time she was constantly reminded that she was not “skinny, confident, pretty”.

“Mostly skinny,” she explained. “There was a certain pleasant energy that they wanted people to have. Undisputed. And I haven’t had success doing that.”

She shared that at the time, she struggled to lose weight and engaged in disordered eating behaviors such as starvation diets and vomiting after meals, which continued until her boyfriend at the time pointed out the dangers.

Lynskey also opened to People about how this kind of focus on looking a certain way distorted her sense of self – and how grateful she was for it yellow jackets it didn’t require her to lose weight or look younger than she is to play her role.

“I had a lot of beliefs when I started about what I should be like,” she told the magazine in May. “It’s really nice to be in a body that I’m comfortable with, getting older and having people wanting to cast me.”

In January, Lynskey fought back body shame yellow jackets fans connected twitterafter they accused her of not being thin enough.

“The story of my life since yellow jackets debuted,” she tweeted. “The most blatant are the ‘I care about her health!!’ guys… bitch you don’t see me on my Peleton! You don’t see me running through the park with my son. Thin doesn’t always equal healthy.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorders Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.

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