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Melanie Lynskey says she was body-shamed on the set of ‘Coyote Ugly’: ‘I used to be already ravenous myself’

Melanie Lynskey is reflecting on the physique shaming she confronted throughout her early days in Hollywood.

The Yellowjackets actress, 44, joined her co-stars Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress in a profile for The Hollywood Reporter, through which they mirrored on their careers within the leisure trade. Lynskey shared that she has painful reminiscences of being body-shamed and pressured to drop some weight on the set of 2000’s Coyote Ugly.

“All the girls had this regimen they had to go on. It was ridiculous,” Lynskey defined. “I was already starving myself and as thin as I could possibly be for this body, and I was still a [size] four. That was already people putting a lot of Spanx on me in wardrobe fittings and being very disappointed when they saw me, the costume designer being like, ‘Nobody told me there would be girls like you.’ Really intense feedback about my physicality, my body, people doing my makeup and being like, ‘I’m just going to help you out by giving you a bit more of a jawline and stuff.’ Just the feedback was constantly like, ‘You’re not beautiful. You’re not beautiful.’ In your early 20s, so much of it is about beauty, and how people respond to you, and do people want to f*** you?”

374795 14: Actress Melanie Lynskey poses for photographers July 31, 2000 at the premiere of Coyote Ugly at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Liaison)

Melanie Lynskey poses for photographers on the premiere of Coyote Ugly on the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on July 31, 2000. (Photo by George De Sota/Liaison)

In May, Lynskey instructed Vulture that she confronted this sort of strain after her breakout position in 1994’s Heavenly Creatures, when she was simply teenager. She stated on the time she was consistently reminded that she was not “thin, confident, pretty.”

“Mostly thin,” she defined. “There was a certain pleasant energy they wanted people to have. Unchallenging. And I wasn’t successful doing that.”

She shared that, on the time, she struggled to drop some weight and engaged in disordered consuming behaviors, like happening hunger diets and throwing up after meals, which continued till her boyfriend on the time identified the risks.

Lynskey additionally opened as much as People about how this sort of give attention to wanting a sure manner warped her sense of self — and the way grateful she was that Yellowjackets did not require her to drop some weight or seem youthful than she is with the intention to play her position.

“I had a lot of beliefs when I started about what I was supposed to look like,” she instructed the journal in May. “It feels very nice to be in a body that I’m comfortable in, to be aging and have people want to cast me.”

Back in January, Lynskey hit again at body-shaming Yellowjackets followers on Twitter, after they accused her of not being skinny sufficient.

“The story of my life since Yellowjackets premiered,” she tweeted. “Most egregious are the ‘I care about her health!!’ people…b**** you don’t see me on my Peleton! You don’t see me running through the park with my child. Skinny does not always equal healthy.”

If you or somebody you already know is scuffling with an consuming dysfunction, name the National Eating Disorders Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.

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