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Melanie Lynskey on her early career: ‘I kept getting reminded I was not thin’

Trigger warning: eating disorders

Melanie Lynskey has been working steadily in Hollywood for decades, but it seems like people are just waking up to her this year. That’s probably not true but it’s how it looks. I couldn’t be happier. She’s not only a great actress, she’s a refreshing interview because she’s brutally honest. Melanie is currently starring in the Hulu series Candy. It’s a Jessica Biel vehicle that I was going to skip because it looked like Biel’s wig was doing all the heavy lifting, but I didn’t know Melanie was co-starring in it. Now I’ll probably check it out. She spoke to Vulture as part of the promotion and they covered a lot of ground. Too much to put here. One of the things that kept coming up was how much of Melanie’s career was taken up by people telling her what she wasn’t, like “thin, confident, pretty.” Melanie has spoken about how important it was to her that she be shown in her own skin on film without it being the point of the story. In this interview, she gave a lot more background about why that means so much to her. Like her struggle with bulimia that started when she was 12 and was basically nurtured by her anorexic mom. And how Melanie pinned photos of Vogue models on her walls and thought that was what she was supposed to look like. Then she starred next to Kate Winslet in her first film, Heavenly Creatures, and every outlet reinforced these horrible ideas she’d impressed upon herself.

Hollywood kept reminding what she wasn’t: Harvey Weinstein was so excited to see Kate. He introduced her to people, like, “This is the next big thing.” To me he was just like, “Hi.” It was so dismissive. I was like, I think I did a bad job. I’m not the kind of person these people are looking for.

After Venice (Film Festive), there was nothing. No, “Would you be interested in this part, or I’m an agent who wants to represent you.” I kept getting reminded I was not the things you needed to be. Thin, confident, pretty. Mostly thin. There was a certain pleasant energy they wanted people to have. Unchallenging. And I wasn’t successful doing that.

She kept getting mixed messages: I was auditioning for the plain girl parts — not the cute lead — for any teen movie you can think of from the ’90s. So I was like, Well, they’re telling me I look like this. Even though my own life was evidence to the contrary. I never had an issue attracting anybody. I was always “very popular,” as my dad called it. I wasn’t sitting around on a Friday like, Nobody wants me. But in my professional life, I was viewed a particular way.

What they were offering her: A lot of best-friend parts, which I never booked because I wasn’t good at it. And then a lot of chubby friends. I said to the agency, I have a real problem being a size six — which is what I was at the time — and playing a chubby friend. I hate that these roles exist. I think it’s damaging. It’s weird for little girls to watch this movie and be like, Oh, she’s supposed to be the fat one.

America vs. New Zealand: I love living here, but I don’t feel very American. New Zealand is a more a feminist society, and I sometimes have to be like, Oh, right, things are different here. When I first came here, it was such a culture shock with dating. I was like, I think some of these dudes expect me to be a virgin. There was an expectation to be a nice girl. I didn’t like it. I didn’t want to have all these weird rules about how we see each other and waiting for someone to call.

[From Vulture]

There isn’t space for me to do the interview justice. The comparisons between Kate and Melanie were all external. Kate herself was supportive of Melanie and Melanie spoke quite kindly about her. Melanie detailed how bad her bulimia got and she limited herself to 800 calories a day. It was an ex-boyfriend who intervened and really forced her to look at her eating issues. Prior to that, all her friends had the same eating issues, so they’d just swap tips. I could have written that same part of the interview. The actresses and dancers I knew were the best to share tips on what foods came up the easiest. And then a guy I was dating went to hell and back to find out how he could support me in stopping. (That boyfriend is now my husband.) I know some people roll their eyes when a 6-12 sized actress talks about body positivity on screen, but this is why. Because every day they are told there’s something wrong with looking like that.

Melanie said she even felt like her agents didn’t like her. And they definitely didn’t listen to her because they kept sending her of the same kind of sad wallflower parts. It was Emily Deschanel who suggested Melanie meet her agent. That’s when things changed for the better for Melanie. Not only did she finally start seeing herself in different roles, she found out how many people actually wanted to work with her in those roles.

I also found what Melanie said about America vs. New Zealand extremely eye-opening. I guess I have to wake up to “it’s a nice place but it’s hard to do without the feminism” being something that’s true of America.

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Channing Tatum: ‘I don’t know how people who work a 9 to 5 stay in shape’

Channing Tatum’s directorial debut, Dog, came in second at the Box Office this past weekend. That’s not bad for a buddy movie about a war vet and a traumatized dog. It’s getting okay reviews too. Good for Channing. I know the movie was a labor of love for him so I’m glad it’s finding some success. Returning to his more well-known roots, Channing is in the throes of his third and final Magic Mike film, Magic Mike’s Last Dance. However, he told Kelly Clarkson we almost didn’t get Mike a third time because it’s too much work to get his Magic back. Channing said he didn’t know if he wanted to commit to the workout regime to get in shape for the character. He said that not only was getting in that kind of shape a full-time job, he admitted it wasn’t healthy either.

Channing Tatum considered not stripping down again for the third installment of Magic Mike.

The actor, 41, revealed on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday that he questioned if he wanted to take on the intense fitness regimen and diet required to reprise his role as Mike Lane for Magic Mike’s Last Dance.

“That might be the reason why I didn’t want to do a third one,” Tatum shared with host Kelly Clarkson as she showed a shirtless photo of him from the second film in the franchise, Magic Mike XXL. “Because I have to look like that.”

“It’s hard to look like that. Even if you do work out, to be that kind of in shape is not natural,” he added. “That’s not even healthy. You have to starve yourself. I don’t think when you’re that lean, it’s actually healthy.”

The father of one admitted that he doesn’t know how anyone can get into shape without it being a full-time job.

“I don’t know how people who work a 9 to 5 actually stay in shape because it’s my full-time job, and I can barely do it,” he said.

In preparation for the third Magic Mike film, Tatum said he worked out twice a day and ate “completely right.”

He also talked about how much work it is to get a six-pack and how quickly it can go away.

“Why — when it takes like, I don’t know, two months to get really lean — in three days, you can lose it?” he asked. “It’s gone. I was like, ‘What happened?’ “

[From People]

It’s refreshing to hear an actor say this type of glorified physique is BS. Usually, actors talk about how it just feels right to be cut. They love to talk about their workout routine and make it seem like it’s second nature to keep up. Women celebrities do that same thing. They act like their perfectly sculpted bodies are a piece of cake to maintain, as if the full-time trainer and nutritionist are something everyone has access to. Channing also talked about food, admitting he had to cut out almost all seasoning in his diet to get to this shape. He said everything, “tastes like water.” I remember that ‘tip’ from Weight Watchers. They suggest leave off seasoning because seasoning ‘makes you eat more.’ Or, you know, makes things taste good so you want to eat them. As Channing suggested, sodium does bloat you, so I can see the logic in cutting out salt if he’s trying to get camera ready.

As for Channing’s comments about working out being a full time job, he’s not far off. A dancer would have to have to consistently train to maintain the strength necessary to dance. But if someone just wanted to look like Magic Mike for fun and, say, work as a telemarketer, it could probably be done. But they’d have to starve themselves as Channing said and spend every other waking moment lifting something.

Also, Channing has promised Magic Mike’s Last Dance is going to be “the Super Bowl of stripping.” I don’t know if that means we’re looking at a five man line or the Tight Ends will be the ones to watch, but either way, I’m here for it.

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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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Ariel Winter: ‘I got called a fat sl-t when I was 13. That was rough’


Ariel Winter was recently on Red Table Talks: The Estefans with hosts Gloria, Lili and Emily Estefan and fellow guest Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony. The subject was bullying and cyberbullying. It’s a hard episode. Even knowing how bad it gets, listening to what these ladies went through, it broke my heart. Ariel spoke about everything she experienced as she was growing from child to young woman in the public eye in her role as Alex Dunphy on the sitcom Modern Family. Remember that not only was Ariel dealing with puberty, a changing body and fame, she lived in a toxic household, from which she had to emancipate herself at the age of 17. On Red Table Talks, Ariel discussed how bad she got it online. She said she navigated comments such as “fat sl-t” and “whore” when she was just 13.

For Ariel Winter, going through body changes in the spotlight led to years of horrific body shaming.

As Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, fans watched Winter go from being just 11 years old when the show started in 2009 to becoming a young adult, now 22, by the time of the finale in April 2020. That led to an avalanche of body shaming comments, Winter said on Red Table Talk: The Estefans.

“I got called a fat slut when I was 13. That was rough. Because I gained weight and my body changed, I had to wear different outfits and I wore a dress that had a cutout here,” she said, pointing to her chest. “And the headlines were dark. ‘Fat slut’ was rough for me, and it continued.”

“It was the fans, some of them — we have lovely, lovely fans, but some of them were also hard on me in the way they loved Alex Dunphy,” she said. “And because I wasn’t Alex Dunphy and didn’t look like Alex, I didn’t want to dress like Alex… I was just different in that way. I’m not my character.”

“From them, they’re like, ‘How did you go from Alex Dunphy to being, like, a whore? You’re trying to be sexy, you’re 13, you’re a horrible role model. What are you showing people? You got so fat on TV, now you look so fat,’ ” she recalled.

“I got on antidepressants. I gained 30 lbs.” she said. “It was rough going to school, it was rough online, on my Instagram it was like, flooding comments, flooding comments. And so then I was like, ‘They hate this about me, I need to work on it. I need to be thinner, I need to change my hair here, my cheeks look weird. If I change these things about me, the things they hate about me, I’m not going to get that anymore. I’m going to get praised.’ “

[From People]

I remember all the discussions about Ariel’s outfits. They were still going on last year at the Modern Family wrap party when Ariel was 22. She makes a good point about people confusing her for Alex. Especially if they saw themselves in Alex, they couldn’t reconcile that Ariel didn’t represent Alex 24/7. But she wasn’t Alex, she was Ariel and shouldn’t have to see those horrible comments about her. Nobody should, especially not at such an impressionable age when you believe what people call you. It really got to me when she talked about feeling the need to change so many things just to get these anonymous people who’d been cruel to her online to like her. Ariel said that she has a therapist she loves now and while she’s still working on her self-esteem, she’s only aiming to please herself these days and trying not to worry about what other people are saying about her.

All three guests on the show told stories that centered around weight. The third guess was a mother whose daughter died by suicide after being tormented by others online. Again, her bullies body shamed her. She tried many diets and it never helped. Eventually she thought there was no reason to go through life. That’s tragic. Like Ariel, the poor girl was about 12-13 when she was stripped of her confidence. I don’t have stories as tragic as these, but I have stories. The fat comments started for me around 3rd grade. Fortunately, that was just on the playground because the Internet hadn’t been invented yet. And I wasn’t on an award-winning comedy, like Ariel. It’s sounds like she’s finding a good balance now. And she seems happy with her boyfriend, Luke Benward. They’ve been together for two years. Hopefully he’s as good as he seems.




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Sharon Gless of Cagney & Lacey regrets gaining weight at 49 for a role


Sharon Gless released her memoir, Apparently There Were Complaints, on Tuesday. That’s a great title. I had no intention of getting it, but that title might’ve changed my mind. The reviews say the book is really funny, so I’m in. It’s not all funny, though. Sharon is honest about some of the darker sides of fame and her life. She talks about her family and her alcoholism. She also talks about her weight, something she struggled with her whole life. She admits she wouldn’t have gotten pivotal roles in her career, such as Det. Sgt. Christine Cagney of Cagney & Lacey if she had been heavy. But when she played Annie Wilkes in Misery on the West End, Sharon was faced with another kind of weight issue. The producers wanted her character to be 40 pounds heavier and offered to make her a fat suit. Sharon was 49 and going through menopause, so she offered to gain the weight naturally and put on the full 40 pounds herself. She considers that decision as “one of the dumbest things I’ve ever done in my life.”

Sharon Gless has one big regret in life. Well, 40 of them.

In her memoir, “Apparently There Were Complaints,” the actress, 78, reveals that doesn’t look back fondly on the experience of plumping up for the role of Annie Wilkes in the 1992 West End production of “Misery.”

“When I got it [the role], they said, ‘We’ll make you a fat suit,’” she told Page Six in a recent interview. “Well, I had just gone into menopause. I said, ‘You don’t have to do that, I’ll take care of that!’ One of the dumbest things I’ve ever done in my life.”

Gless explained that she gained about 40 pounds and when her husband, producer Barney Rosenzweig, flew in from Los Angeles for the opening night he was shocked.

“He hadn’t seen me for a month, he didn’t know who I was. That upset him very much,” she said.

The “Queer as Folk” star added that she had no problem putting on the pounds because of menopause, calling the experience, “the toughest thing I’ve ever been through and I’m sure it’s the toughest thing my husband’s been through.

“There’s no joking about it if you’re going through it, you don’t know who you are.”

[From Page Six]

I will probably have more context for this story once I read it in total. I’m interested to know what Sharon’s motivation for putting the weight on herself was. Gaining 40 pounds for a role is never a good idea, I don’t care what Mark Wahlberg says. But I understand the attraction of having an excuse to say forget it and indulge in everything for a month of my life. I’m only a couple of years older than Sharon was when she did this. I have begun menopause and I have struggled with weight my whole life. There is no way in hell I would voluntarily put on five pounds, let alone 40. I just reached a weight goal that I’ve been trying to reach for four years. It’s so f*cking hard at this age. Granted I don’t work out like an actress, but I do exercise and watch what I eat. I even diet when I am actively trying to drop pounds. But those pounds never drop! I’d like to think it’s because they like me so much that they can’t bear to live away from me. But I’m sure the actual reasons rhyme with “mold” and “fetabolism.”

Looking at Sharon’s IMDb, there is a two-year gap between 1992, when she did the play and her next project. It is just about the only gap on her entire page. I have no idea how long the play ran. Maybe it was a long run, or maybe Sharon took time off to deal with the 40 pounds. Fortunately, she didn’t stay away long and has been working consistently ever since. I hope she’s not still struggling with body image and that the industry lets her body of work speak for her.


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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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Ree Drummond on how she lost 43 pounds without a trainer or extreme diet

In May, Ree Drummond announced she’s been on a weight loss journey. According to Ree, who has built a small food empire, years of not paying attention to her diet had caught up to her wasitline and her health. So in January, she decided she was going to undo all of that and change her way of eating. She emphasized that her motivation was to feel better, not necessarily to reach a dress size. This week, Ree updated us on her progress saying she’s dropped 43 pounds in just five and a half months. In a blog post from Tuesday, she mentioned changes she made that helped her do it, which Ree said did not include with fad diets or a trainer.

Ree Drummond is feeling better than ever in her health and fitness journey, and now she’s sharing some of the lessons she’s learned long the way.

In a blog post on Tuesday, the Pioneer Woman star, 52, detailed some of the ways she changed her diet, exercise regimen, and mentality to lose 43 pounds over the past several months. Drummond began by emphasizing that, while weight loss was part of her goal, it wasn’t the driving factor for her.

“What motivated me the most was just wanting to feel better and have more energy,” she said. “In January, just before I bit the bullet and took the leap, I was tired, puffy, and desperate…and I knew I shouldn’t be feeling that way.”

She added that, while she doesn’t necessarily get offended if someone makes a comment about her weight, she “mostly just think[s] about how much better I feel every day and feel grateful that I’ve made it over the hump.”

Before sharing the steps that worked for her, Drummond included a few of the things that she’s tried in the past that weren’t sustainable for her lifestyle – including fad diets, intermittent fasting, weight loss programs, and personal trainers.

Instead, she said she focused simply on eating fewer calories and incorporating more movement into her day. In addition to calculating a calorie deficit and weighing her food to create the portion sizes that were right for her, she “made exercise a regular part of my day, whether I walked with the dogs or did the rowing machine.”

“I’d gotten so accustomed to excusing myself from working out because of my work schedule or travel schedule…but during the past few months, I just chose to be late on a deadline or put off work until the next day so that exercise could happen,” she explained. “It was a simple shift in mindset, but it was important!”

[From People]

In Ree’s blog post, she clearly lists everything she did and did not do. She said she did not join a weight loss program such as Weight Watchers or Noom but does not disparage them as she knows people who have had great success with them. She did, however, use an app, Happy Scale. I haven’t heard of Happy Scale but I know weight management apps can really be wonderful aids. Ree makes it very clear that she is no expert, and that readers should find what works for them and consult a doctor. She cut back on sugar but did not cut it out. She did cut out alcohol for four months but when she went back to it, she’d decreased her consumption by quite a bit and switched to less caloric choices. I have to give Ree credit, reading her plan, she is incredibly disciplined. To make that many changes and stick with them to obtain the results she did is impressive. I’m surprised how much weight she lost in that time, but she had Alex’s wedding as a goal and once she got results and started feeling better, she was doubly motivated to stick with it. And kudos to her if she created and managed this whole plan without an outside trainer or nutritionist/dietitian. It’s very well thought out. I thought for sure she’d hired a team.

Ree talked about her weight and exercise routine in her post as well. She admitted she hated working out and even though she’d once been a trained ballerina, last January she “literally could not do a proper lunge without toppling over.” She discussed how she gradually got into a routine and stuck with it. Plus she emphasizes that it took her 52 years to get here. Her approach is very reasonable and I’m sure it will inspire others.



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