It would be a hypocrisy if you say physical appearance in Hollywood doesn’t matter. Of course, it does. The truth is Hollywood celebrities spend millions of dollars to enhance and maintain their physical appearance. After all, it’s part of their job.
It’s a common knowledge in Hollywood that movie producers have a high—a lot of times unreasonable—standard when it comes to their actor’s looks and bodies, most especially to women! Thankfully, women recently have become more outspoken about inequality when it comes to weight and the gender pay gap in Hollywood and people are very supportive.
The latest to talk openly about being asked to lose weight for a role is Kate Beckinsale. The Underworld actress recently revealed in The Graham Norton Show that before filming Pearl Harbor, she was asked by film director Michael Bay to work out even though she was already tiny.
But she was not the only actress who was forced to lose weight for a role. Here are 10 Hollywood celebs who were told to shed pounds:
1. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has played a starving Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. The role required her to have an unhealthy weight but J.Law didn’t succumb to pressure and kept her current weight, which is the opposite of her character in the film. A lot of people from the industry urged her to lose some weight because it may cost her roles, but her only reply is, “Go f**k yourself.” But well, people actually loved the curves people told her to get rid of.
2. Kate Beckinsale
At 5 ft and 7 in, weighing only 119 lbs, Kate Beckinsale is a petite lady, but someone told her to lose more weight! Crazy, right? Recently, Kate opened up about her experience during the time she was filming Pearl Harbor, where director Michael Bay was so critical of her body. She had just given birth at the time, but she’s not big—rather, she looked great. But for the film director, she needed to lose more weight, or else she would lose the role.
3. Jennifer Lopez
Whoever said that JLo is not sexy must be insane. Her curves are actually what make her famous in the first place, so it’s just crazy when rumors started to spread that her former manager said that she was fat and that if J.Lo wanted her manager to continue representing her, she needed to lose some weight. Good thing J.Lo fired her manager. She told the manager, “No, this is who I am and this is the type of woman that I grew up with and it’s beautiful. There’s no reason to be anybody but myself.”
4. Jason Segel
You think it’s only women that are criticized for their weight, you’re wrong. Jason Segel wasn’t spared and was also told to lose at least 35 lbs before filming The Five-Year Engagement, with Emily Blunt. The film execs commented that a relationship between a hot woman and a not-so-hot man was so unrealistic, that’s why they asked the Funnyman to work out. And Jason actually agreed but said that he was actually contented with his weight before.
5. Liv Tyler
Being the daughter of rock star Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler should have an easy access to Hollywood’s gate—but it’s not true in Liv’s case. Apparently, many industry insiders suggested to Armageddon actress that she should lose some weight if she wanted to make it to the industry. Liv found the idea very challenging, but after having her baby, Liv said that becoming a mother gave her the confidence in her body that she didn’t have before.
6. Margot Robbie
The Aussie actress is already thin, but would you believe that she was also advised to lose some weight if she wanted to get jobs in Hollywood? The Harley Quinn actress did admit to adjusting her eating and workout habits.
If someone asks you to lose weight again, try doing this in their face:
7. Chrissy Tegen
Model and actress Chrissy Teigen is just one of the many models who lost a job for being “too fat.” Apparently, she was fired by Forever 21 as a model because she’s fatty. Are they blind? Can’t they see those are curves and not fat?
Chrissy didn’t let the rejection affect her. Being the ever-confident lady that she has always been, she landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated mag and many other male magazines, looking so right!
8. Kate Winslet
As one of the most talented and successful actresses in Hollywood, you won’t believe that she also has been subjected to body-shaming. But the Oscar winner ignored all the accusations about her weight, especially after giving birth to her third child, it gave her more confidence to face her critics, saying, “I so didn’t want to be one of those ‘Oh, wow, she’s back in shape after 12 weeks’ women. When I read things like that, I just think, ‘Oh, for f—’s sake, that’s actually impossible.”
She added, “I want to keep my health and my sanity and be well fed and happy. My body will never go back to what it was and I wouldn’t expect it to after three babies.”
9. Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher was obliged to lose 16 kg before she reprised her role in the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Princess Leia Organa. According to the 59-year-old actress, they asked her the same thing when they first approached her to play the role when she was 19. She said, “They don’t want to hire all of me—only about three-quarters! Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.”
10. Hayley Atwell
Miramax ordered Atwell to lose some weight for her role as Agent Carter in the movie Captain America. One time the actress visited her friend Emma Thompson, a two-time Oscar winner, and the latter was baffled why she was not eating the food Thompson had cooked. When Hayley told Thompson the reason, the elder actress was outraged. She stormed at Miramax and threatened them that she would quit from the film if they forced her friend to lose weight. Thankfully, Miramax producers relented.
It’s a good thing that these A-listers and other actors had learned to stand up for themselves. Though still a long way to go, Hollywood has started listening to what the people want—a real and healthy characters and not the sickly looking characters the industry bigwigs like. These celebs should know that they look just fine. They don’t need to change their body, which they are comfortable with just because Hollywood says so.