“Yellowjackets” star Melanie Lynskey has candidly recalled the body shaming she and other actresses faced while filming in 2000. the movie Coyote Ugly.
“All the girls had this regimen, and they had to keep going. It was funny,” the actress told The Hollywood Reporter.. “I was already starving myself and as thin as I could be for this body and I was still [size] four”.
Lynskey, now 45, played Gloria in the film, the woman who was the best friend of actress Piper Perab’s character Violet. The “Don’t Look Up” actress said she received harsh criticism from the original film’s costume designer, make-up artist and others while filming.
“I’ve already had people who put a lot of Spanx in my wardrobe and were very disappointed when they saw me, and the costume designer told me, ‘No one told me there would be girls like you,'” Lynskey continued.
“Really intense feedback about my physicality, my body, people doing my makeup and being like, ‘I’m just going to help you by giving you a little bit more jawline and stuff.’ It’s just that the feedback was always, “You’re not beautiful.” You are not beautiful.”
Lynskey later clarified that the costume designer she was credited with in the film was not the person she was referring to in her comments.
“The costume designer who originally worked on Coyote Ugly left for some reason and a lovely lady named Marlene Stewart took over and she was AMAZING,” Lynskey. in a tweet Wednesday afternoon.
“The first person was angry and the credited person was not,” she wrote. “And my answer was kind of a jumbled mess—I’ve had experiences with makeup artists offering to help my face look better, but Coyote Ugly didn’t do that. The hair and makeup team were amazing, so kind and one of the best I’ve ever worked with.
But body shaming didn’t stop in the early 2000s.
In January, Lynskey revealed that she faced a similar situation with a crew member while recently filming Showtime’s Yellowjackets.
“They asked me, ‘What are you planning to do?’ I’m sure the producers will provide you with a coach. They would love to help you with that,” she told Rolling Stone.
Fellow actress Juliette Lewis found out about the communication and wrote a letter to production on Lynskey’s behalf.
“I want women to be able to watch [‘Yellowjackets’] and say, “Wow, she looks like me and no one says she’s fat.” That representation is important,” concluded Lynskey.