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Melanie Lynskey Claims That During “Coyote Ugly” Filming, She Was Body Shamed

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When it comes to the body shaming she endured early in her career, Melanie Lynskey is being open and honest.

Melanie Lynskey

The 44-year-old actress, who was born in New Zealand, admitted in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she experienced weight-loss pressure while filming Coyote Ugly. In the popular 2000 film, Melanie Lynskey played Gloria, Violet’s New Jersey-based BFF. Piper Perabo played Violet.

Though Melanie Lynskey claimed Perabo faced a lot of behind-the-scenes scrutiny, she acknowledged that all the female actors and crew members faced criticism for their physical appearance.

“Every girl was required to follow this programme. That was absurd “said the actress. Despite already starving myself and being as thin as I could be for this body, I was a [size] four.

Costume designer: “Nobody warned me there would be girls like you. There were already people putting a lot of Spanx on me in wardrobe fittings and being quite dissatisfied when they saw me.” Lynskey went on. “Really harsh criticism about my appearance, including comments from makeup artists who said things like, “I’ll just help you out by giving you a bit more of a jawline and stuff.” Simply put, the feedback was that you weren’t beautiful. You are not attractive.”

Added her: “In your early 20s, so much of it revolves around appearance, how others see you, and do they want to f— you? Do individuals believe you to be their best friend? I started to think, “I don’t want to do it too much,” even when it came to the best buddy stuff.”

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Melanie Lynskey explained that her remarks to THR concerning the costume designer were not related to the one who was given credit for the movie, but rather to one who came before her.

“Please allow me to explain a few points as I notice this has become a headline. Coyote Ugly’s original costume designer left for an unknown cause, and Marlene Stewart, a wonderful and gentle woman, took over “Tweeted she. “The person credited wasn’t the one who was cruel in the first place.”

Melanie Lynskey stated in a subsequent remark, “[I am] simply worried that people will research ‘Coyote ugly costume designer’ and think that Marlene was not kind when she was just the greatest.

In a subsequent tweet, she claimed that her “I had experiences with cosmetic artists attempting to make my face seem better, but that did not happen on Coyote Ugly, she stated in her kind of jumbled response. One of the best teams I’ve ever worked with, the hair and makeup artists were outstanding and incredibly friendly.”

Melanie Lynskey added……..

“I apologise for any misunderstanding I may have created. If I ever write about a negative experience I’ve had, I try to avoid naming specific individuals since I don’t like to publicly shame people. I’ll discuss my personal experience without mentioning that.”

In the past, Lynskey has spoken out about other occasions in her career when she claims to have experienced body-shaming on set.

She said that the production staff for her popular Showtime series Yellowjackets body shamed her while it was being filmed. She spoke about this earlier this year.

“What are your plans, they enquired of me? The producers will certainly get you a trainer. They’d be delighted to assist you in this,”” In a Rolling Stone interview, Melanie Lynskey recounted. She also mentioned that Juliette Lewis, 48, wrote a letter to the producers defending her, along with her co-stars Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci, and Juliette Lewis.

The actress added that she didn’t want to diet for the programme because she wanted Shauna, the character she plays, to resemble a genuine woman rather than a Hollywood representation of one.

It was very important to her that Shauna never make comments about my appearance and that I never put on a dress and think, “I wish I looked a bit better,” she added. “Because I want women to be able to watch it and think, “Wow, she looks like me, and nobody’s saying she’s the overweight one,” I did feel it crucial that this character be just at ease and sexual without thinking or talking about it. It’s crucial that representation exists.”

For Melanie Lynskey, who has spoken openly throughout her career about her battles with disordered eating and low self-esteem, it had special meaning. She admitted to “losing my sanity trying to conform to something that was not physically viable for me” in some years to PEOPLE in 2016.

“I spent a long time feeling awful. I struggled with my eating, and at one time I thought, “I’m not going to survive.” It wasn’t that I was close to passing away, but I was miserable and my hair was falling out.”

With her husband Jason Ritter, Melanie Lynskey has a 3-year-old daughter. She claimed that in order to regain her confidence, she had to concentrate on herself.

I just need to look the way I’m supposed to look, and I have trust that people will want to use someone who looks like this in a movie or on a television show, she added. “You can’t fake it,” she said, “so I did have to really learn to be at ease with myself.”

Please call the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at 1-800-931-2237 or visit if you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder.

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