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Melanie Lynskey’s Yellowjacket’s costars defended her from body shaming producer

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Melanie Lynskey is currently starring in both Yellowjackets on Showtime and has a supporting role as Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in Don’t Look Up. Most people response when they see Melanie, no matter what they know her from is, “oh her, I love her!” She’s great in everything. Melanie frequently gets cast as the supportive character to the lead – the sensible best friend, the understanding wife, the sassy sister. I think that’s why I loved her as Rose in Two and A Half Men so much, because she got to play against type. Much of her casting has to do with her girl-next door appearance. In Yellowjackets, she is once again in the role of the supportive friend (only things went sideways, to say the least). One thing that was important to her in the role of Shauna was that she look like an approachable woman. Melanie, who’s admitted to disordered eating in her past, said she wanted to come into the role at her usual size and never have it discussed in any negative way. She also wanted the character to be shown sexual and desirable, like any normal woman would be. And Shauna was shown exactly like that. However, Melanie had a rocky start to filming. She recently told a story about being body shamed by a production member who asked her what she planned to do about her weight after she was cast. But Melanie didn’t have to take it alone, her cast-mates Juliette Lewis, Tawny Cypress and Christina Ricci came to her defense and Melanie was allowed to portray Shauna her own way.

Melanie Lynskey had her Yellowjackets costars on her side when she was allegedly body shamed on set, the actress said.

The 44-year-old Lynskey, who stars on the hit Showtime series, said in an interview with Rolling Stone that a member of the show’s production staff implied that she needed to lose weight.

“They were asking me, ‘What do you plan to do? I’m sure the producers will get you a trainer. They’d love to help you with this,’ ” she said.

After the incident, Lynskey’s costars, Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci and Juliette Lewis, immediately came to her defense, she said, with Lewis writing a letter to the Yellowjackets producers.

[From People]

Again, not surprising that person felt they had the right to say something. Production teams in Hollywood having been allowed to put people down based appearance for over a century. The one solace I get is that this SOB didn’t anticipate the Yellowjackets coming for them when they opened their stupid mouth. I’m sure Melanie used the experience in her performance, though. She had a lot of experiences to lend to Shauna’s story. In that same Rolling Stone interview she talked about her promo tour on her very first movie, Heavenly Creatures with Kate Winslet. Apparently, she was very much the Shauna to Kate’s Jackie, with Kate getting designer gowns and Melanie having to find dresses at local shops. Kate was sent a ton of scripts and passed the ones that bored her off to Melanie. And the worst was that halfway through the tour, the cretin Harvey Weinstein sent Melanie home. He’d made the call on his own that “nobody wanted to hear from (her).” No wonder Melanie is so [email protected]$$, she’s been fighting back against this bs from the start.

As you may know, but we often forget because they are so low key, Melanie is married to Jason Ritter. Her tweets on Yellowjackets in general have been really funny, but when she includes Jason in them, they’re even better. My favorite, however, was this one. I suppose this could be spoiler-y, if you don’t know anything at all about the show, so I guess spoiler?:

He has asked if we can expect a big Debris episode in Season Two

— Melanie Lynskey (@melanielynskey) January 7, 2022

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Valerie Bertinelli on her weight: ‘There is no magic number’


It has been an emotional couple of years for Valerie Bertinelli. In October 2020, Valerie lost her ex husband, Eddie Van Halen, to throat cancer. In July of last year, Valerie tearfully took to Instagram to call out a troll for making derogatory comments about her weight. Valerie has always been honest about her struggles with her weight. Valerie said that her shame about her body came from her watching her father treat her mother horribly when her mother would gain weight. Valerie also said that being fat shamed by her fifth grade teacher hurt her self-esteem. In a recent cover with People, Valerie opened up about losing Eddie. Valerie also said that she is staying away from the scale and is no longer obsessing over those pesky ten pounds she’s been determined to lose for 40y ears. Below are a few highlights:

In the two years that followed, the 61-year-old star and Food Network host, who says she often felt “like the most famous dieter in America,” came to realize that tying her self-worth to the scale wasn’t working and never had.

It took losing her first husband, guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen, who died on Oct. 6, 2020 of cancer at age 65, to see what truly matters. It’s a story she tells in her new memoir, Enough Already, excerpted exclusively in this week’s PEOPLE.

“The goal is to live in the moment,” she says, “and not according to the scale.”

Over time, her grief led to a deeper wisdom about life’s brevity and the road to happiness.

“There is no magic number that will make me feel good about myself,” says Bertinelli, who learned to find the magic in every day — from a mouth-watering recipe, to listening to her son Wolfgang’s new music, to even just watching cat videos. And always finding gratitude like her role model and one-time Hot in Cleveland costar, Betty White.

“I’m done judging myself,” writes Bertinelli. “I want to be kinder and more accepting of myself.”

Still, it’s an ongoing process, she says: “I have a lot of decades of thinking I have to look a certain way for people to accept me and to like me.”

That thinking began early on. “I watched my father treat my mother badly when she would gain weight,” she recalls. “I had a 5th grade teacher poke my belly and say, ‘You want to keep an eye on that.’ So I learned at a very young age that when you gain weight, you’re not lovable. And what I’m learning is that your body is not what makes you lovable.”

[From People]

I have been a fan of Valerie since her One Day at a Time days. Valerie has always seemed like such a light. I know that Valerie has struggled over the years with her body image and like Ricki Lake I have had a front row seat to her battle. I was really sad when Eddie died in 2020 and Valerie’s tribute to him was beautiful. Despite the sadness of the loss, I am glad that Valerie has been able to use the experience as a catalyst to heal.

I love how Valerie said that she won’t be able to find happiness on the scale. As someone who has been battling with weight the last two decades, those words really hit home with me. Valerie is right, life is short and dwelling on something so insignificant as weight can steal the years away. I hope that Valerie continues to heal and to say no to messaging she received as a child. Living in the moment is a gift and something that I am actively practicing. It takes the anxiety of the future and the pain of the past away. I also hope that Valerie knows no matter what her body looks like, she is and will always be lovable. Anyways, I am hoping that the next few years for Valerie will give her an opportunity to celebrate what she has accomplished and just enjoy her life. Valerie choosing not to hold her happiness hostage by whatever the scale says is a start.

Valerie Bertinelli Says She’s Given Up ‘the Damn Scale’: ‘I’m Done Judging Myself’

— People (@people) January 5, 2022

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Jewel: ‘I was called a chubby Rene Zellweger when I came in the scene in the 90s’

Jewel has been an outspoken mental health advocate for years. In 2004 she started the Inspiring Children Foundation, which brings mental health care to children. The last time we covered her she was advocating for reducing the stigma around mental health care. Jewel was feeling herself recently and posted about it on Instagram (I do this often). She wrote that she’s 47 now and has worked hard to love herself as she is despite being called the “chubby Renee Zellweger” earlier in her career. Jewel also clarified that it was not her birthday. Here is the caption on that post, which is above:

I wasn’t sure what getting older would feel like . I was never afraid of it luckily

I’ve loved every year .

But in my business and the world, really , Is not kind to aging women.

I made a promise to myself when I was pretty young to ‘do no harm’ to myself. To try to be kind to myself in a business notoriously shitty about women’s bodies. I was called a chubby Rene Zellweger when I came in the scene in the 90’s. But I wouldn’t let myself be bulimic or anorexic because I felt that was letting bullies win. I had to learn to be healthy my own way and find my way to self love. And that takes time. I never fixed my teeth or my nose because I felt like I wanted to know how to love myself no matter what. And to be thankful for the looks I do have, and not take them for granted just because I wasn’t classically perfect.

So when it came to aging, I knew where I stood on it: take care of myself. Eat well. Drink water. Rest. And bring it on! My skin is changing. Gravity definitely takes its toll 😅. But I’m surprised by how good I feel. How vital. How happy. How healthy. And yeah, I feel sexy. 💃🏽

So to any young women reading this: be kind to yourself. Enjoy the hell out of your life. Sleep with who you want, because you want to. Not because you need to feel validated. Eat what you want because you want to- not because your afraid of how it will look on you. Your worth lies in your wisdom and your joy. Don’t be bullied out of enjoying your own life! Feel the sensuous joy of being alive. And absorb every single bit of pleasure out of this life- your worth it!

[From Instagram]

I didn’t follow Jewel at the height of her career but I loved her music. I always called her the 90s folk music heroine because her music brought folk music back to mainstream pop. The more I learn about Jewel, the more impressed I am by her. Jewel took her experiences as a pubic figure and created space for others less fortunate than she is.

It really irks me that people feel they can comment on women’s bodies. I went back to look at Jewel from the 90s and I am appalled that they called her a chubby Renee Zellweger. She was far from chubby. Jewel looks amazing in the photo that she posted and, like Meghan Markle, the woman should live in red. It would have been understandable if Jewel wanted to straighten her teeth or do a bit of work but honestly she doesn’t need it. Jewel looks amazing because she is a good person, loves herself and minds her own business.

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Jonah Hill on people commenting on his body: ‘It’s not helpful’


I did not expect Jonah Hill to become the face of body positivity in the year of 2021 but here we are. Jonah is a good actor but he was always the side kick due to his shape. They also tended to style him as slovenly in films for the same reason. So Jonah started speaking out against such stereotypes. Earlier this year, Jonah posted a message about feeling good about himself after the media tried to photo shame him with some unflattering shots. The other day, Jonah posted another message to Instagram asking his fans to not to comment on his body at all – good or bad, stating that any comments on his physique were simply “not helpful.”

[From Instagram via Yahoo]

Many of Jonah’s famous friends and fans commented with hearts or applause. A few simply told him they loved him. I agree with Jonah on his body messaging. It’s the last two points that are the most important: it is not helpful and it doesn’t feel good. That’s hard to grasp because to a person without body issues, it would seem as though anyone would want to be told how good they look. But there’s a reason we use the term “struggle” with certain things. I believe that people who are complimentary about weight are usually trying to be kind. But when a person struggles with weight or their appearance, those comments get twisted in the mind. Of course, I can’t speak for Jonah, but I think I’m speaking for some, at least. So I applaud Jonah’s comments and I hope folks hear them as they are intended. Because I’m sure everyone telling Jonah how great he looks thinks they are making his day. There are other ways to compliment him.




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Stephen Amell defends his shirtless photo: ‘I’m in tremendous shape’ and strong

Stephen Amell is not known for being a hero in his real life. Stephen is more like his playboy character before the boat accident in Arrow. Back in June, Stephen was kicked off a flight after he imbibed too much and started a fight with his wife. He apologized for it, but it sounded more like he was embarrassed for being an as*hole in public, not for treating his wife like that. Of course Stephen doesn’t do well with criticism. Choosing instead to be passive aggressive and a tad bit petty. Such is the case of a picture that Stephen posted recently without a shirt in some pink shorts. Stephen, who claims to be in great shape, was raked over the coals in the comments from a few trolls stating that he was out of shape. Stephen rebutted the trolling on his Facebook page (instead of on Instagram where the comments were made) with a snarky, “I’ll take your girl and your man in these pink shorts with this body,” (I’m paraphrasing). Below are a few more highlights via Just Jared:

“Happy Saturday. Pop on some pink shorts and read Gary’s book. But only if you want to be smarter,” he captioned the original photo. In the picture, he’s holding a copy of Gary Janetti‘s book “Do You Mind If I Cancel?”

Even though Stephen is looking great in the photo, some trolls left comments saying that he’s out of shape right now.

Stephen took to his Facebook fan page and left a message for his haters. First, check out the Instagram pic below.

Stephen revealed his body stats while responding to the comments.

“Public service announcement: I’m 6’1 inches tall and 208 lbs. I’m in tremendous shape and I’m strong as shit. I’m a 24 hour juice cleanse away from blowing the season 1 poster for Arrow out of the water. We did the photography for that poster a little over 9 years ago. Next time I post a photo in my hot pink skivvies, I’ll try and remember to flex!” Stephen said in the Facebook post.

He concluded, “And if that isn’t good enough, send me your address. I will show up to steal your boyfriend or your girlfriend.”

[From Just Jared]

The fact that Stephen was fangirling over Gary Janetti’s book and calling him smart in this post tells me all I need to know about Stephen. Gary is a grade A – as*hole too. I don’t understand why Stephen got so upset about the trolling. Folks commenting on his body are more than likely out of shape too and didn’t need a response from him. This tells me that Stephen is overly sensitive and that makes me feel for his wife. I also don’t understand why Stephen decided to respond to the trolling on a different platform. And why did Stephen feel a need to give us his body stats? Like bruh, maybe you are a little soft in some areas, we all are after eighteen months of COVID ruining our routines. With that being said, Stephen looks fine. You can tell he works out and eats pretty healthy. As for the trolls, I choose to ignore them 95% of the time unless of course I have the time and energy to make them cry. I suggest Stephen does the same. As for him taking folks girlfriends and boyfriends in his pink skivvies, well, I guess (shrugs). Hopefully, Stephen will get his anger in check because it really isn’t a good look.

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Peloton’s Tunde Oyeneyin: ‘Confidence is a skill, it’s not a trait, you can find it’

Tunde Oyeneyin is one of my favorite Peloton instructors. Her spin classes can be challenging though and sometimes I choose easier instructors, like Leanne Hainsby or Christine D’Ercole, for that reason. (My other favorites are Hannah Frankson, Olivia Amato and Alex Touissant.) I like the motivational talks Tunde gives because she doesn’t lay it on too thick, but they’re still inspiring. You feel stronger and ready to face the day after working out with her. Tunde has a new partnership with the company Bulletproof that she’s promoting. She gave People Magazine an interview that I wanted to talk about because her quotes about confidence made me think.

“I want people to come and have wins,” [Tunde Oyeneyin] tells PEOPLE of her classes while discussing her partnership with keto coffee company, Bulletproof. “When I teach a class — I know that my classes are challenging — there are moments within a ride that I bring it down a notch because I want people to feel like they’re finally freaking winning in that workout.”

Oyeneyin, who worked as a makeup artist for 16 years before joining Peloton, also opens up about how she stays motivated and confident during difficult workouts.

“I know people love to get a PR [personal record] and get their best output on the bike, but for me, many days, the goal or the standard rather that I’m holding for myself, it’s just finishing,” she says. “I think that that’s what helps to build confidence — when you are able to set an expectation for yourself and then meet that expectation.”

“Confidence is a skill, it’s not a trait,” she adds. “If you can accept that, then number one, you don’t beat yourself up when it’s gone … and number two, if you don’t have it, you know that you can find it. That relates to moments on and off the bike.”

To get her mind and body ready for the day, Oyeneyin says she reminds herself she is the “gatekeeper to my own energy.”

[From People]

The article also goes into how she creates workouts around playlists. It’s clear she puts a lot of thought into it, which comes through in her workouts. As for the quote in the title, I never thought about it that way, but confidence is definitely a skill. I keep trying to treat myself like a best friend, to see myself as skilled, hardworking and lovable, but it doesn’t always work. She’s right that it’s something you have to practice, just like working out. Also I know she’s promoting this meal supplement line, but she’s making me think that I need to eat more good fats like avocados and nuts. It can’t hurt!

Here’s a post Tunde made about how she used to be bigger. She’s lost quite a bit of weight, and I like how she says her soul was the same.

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Jemima Kirke Cut Her Hair and Undressed for StyleLikeU

The 31-year-old Girls star was filming the StyleLikeU’s video series, The What’s Underneath Project, when she discussed her seven-year marriage, admitting that she and ex husband Michael ‘couldn’t be more different’.

As part of the series, participants are asked to strip down to show that style is really about being comfortable in your own skin, and during the candid interview Jemima revealed the she real reason she cut her trademark long blond hair was because of troubles with Michael.

‘I cut my hair because I felt like my hair was really one of the only things that made me feel pretty,’ she explained. ‘I felt like my hair was my go-to trick. I really believed for a while that without it I would be boring.

‘I was having a terrible moment with my husband in our relationship and I was extremely hurt by him and extremely angry at him and so I was feeling self-destructive.’

Instead of doing something truly self-destructive, Jemima said she ended up just cutting her hair, and it was actually Michael who gave her an even shorter ‘do a couple weeks after their fight.

‘I said I wanted to go shorter and he said “I’ll do it” and he cut it. It was really nice,’ she added. ‘It was kind of romantic. It’s nice to have someone you love cut your hair.’

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