Melanie Lynskey recollects physique shaming on the set of ‘Coyote Ugly’


“Yellowjackets” star Melanie Lynskey hasn’t shied away from calling out Hollywood for the physique shaming she skilled on movie units, even years after her movie debut.

In an interview this week with the Hollywood Reporter, Lynskey recounted a detrimental expertise she’d had on the set of the 2000 movie “Coyote Ugly.” She stated that manufacturing employees scrutinized her bodily look, in addition to the physique of her co-stars, together with lead Piper Perabo.

“It was ridiculous,” Lynskey stated. “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.’”

All through filming, she was subjected to “really intense feedback about (her) physicality, (her) body,” stated Lynskey, who was interviewed alongside along with her “Yellowjackets” castmates, together with ’90s youngster star Christina Ricci.

Each girls stated that they’d been typecast as “character actors” and denounced use of the phrase “quirky” to explain themselves. Lynskey recalled when a script modified an outline of her character from “beautiful” to “cute and quirky.”

“I never liked that word,” she stated.

Earlier this yr, Lynskey opened up concerning the scrutiny of her look that started after her first movie, Peter Jackson’s acclaimed “Heavenly Creatures.” Whereas her co-star Kate Winslet went on to play a number of ingenue roles, Lysnkey stated she didn’t expertise the identical glut of provides.

“I kept getting reminded I was not the things you needed to be,” she informed Vulture in Could. “Thin, confident, pretty. Mostly thin.”

After being criticized for her appears throughout her early years in Hollywood, Lynskey informed the Hollywood Reporter she feels “very protective” of her younger “Yellowjackets” co-stars who play youthful variations of the 4 essential characters. Fortunately, she and her co-stars stated, the youthful forged members are assured sufficient to face up for themselves.