“Just the comments were constantly like, ‘You’re not beautiful. You are not beautiful. “”
Melanie Lynskey has faced body-shamers throughout his life – dating back to his role in Ugly coyote.
While working on the film in 2000, Melanie says her appearance was constantly criticized by other people on set.
In fact, Melanie claims that she and her female co-stars were put on a “diet” to make them as thin as possible.
“It was ridiculous. I was already starving and as skinny as possible for this body, and I was still a [size] four,” said Melanie the hollywood journalist.
She says when she walked into wardrobe arrangements she was forced to wear “a lot of Spanx” – and people were “very disappointed when they saw her”.
“The costume designer [was] like, “No one told me there would be girls like you,” Melanie shared, adding, “Really intense comments about my looks, my body, people doing my makeup and saying, ‘I I’ll just help you out by giving you a little more jawbone and all that. “”
She says the comments were hard for her to deal with, especially as someone in her early 20s.
“Just the comments were constantly like, ‘You’re not beautiful. You’re not beautiful,'” Melanie explained.
She continued, “In your early twenties, it’s all about good looks, and how people react to you, and do people want to fuck you? Do people think you’re their best friend?”
Earlier this year, Melanie revealed that a member of the production hinted that she needed to lose weight for the role, explaining, “They were like, ‘What are you planning on doing? I’m sure the producers will find you a trainer. They would like to help you with that. “”
Luckily, she didn’t let the comments get to her this time around — and the entire cast stood by her, even writing a letter to the producers on her behalf.
“I found it important that this character be just comfortable and sexual and not think or talk about [her body], because I want women to be able to look at it and be like, “Wow, she looks like me, and nobody’s saying she’s the fat one.” This representation is important”, explained Mélanie.