Melanie Lynskey explains how badly she was ashamed of her body while filming “Coyote Ugly”

Melanie Lynskey spoke this week about her painful memories of being teased about her body two decades ago.

She and her “Yellowjackets” co-stars Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress reflected on their early days in the entertainment industry for a profile for The Hollywood Reporter released Wednesday. In the interview, Lynskey shared her experiences of her from being on the set of 2000’s “Coyote Ugly”, where she was ashamed of her body and pressured her to lose weight.

“All the girls had this regime that they had to continue. It was ridiculous, “Lynskey said.” I was already starving and as skinny as possible for this body, and I was still a [size] four.”

She described at the time having to wear Spanx during wardrobe rehearsal and receiving criticism about her body from costume designers and people who wore makeup on the film set.

“Only the feedback was constantly like, ‘You’re not beautiful. You’re not beautiful, ‘”she said. “In your early 20s, is that much about beauty, and how people respond to you, and do people want to fuck you?”

Lynskey at the 2000 premiere of
Lynskey at the 2000 premiere of “Coyote Ugly”.

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The late 1990s and early 2000s weren’t a particularly gentle era when it came to female bodies. recalled Kate Winslet last year in the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” she was subjected to a lot of “personal physical scrutiny” for not being skinny in 1997’s “Titanic”. Jessica Simpson created a media frenzy in 2009, when she showed up at an event wearing a pair of size four jeans, and was ruthlessly teased for being “overweight”.

Lynskey told Vulture in May she faced this kind of pressure after her starring role in 1994’s “Heavenly Creatures,” in which she starred when she was just a teenager.

At the time, she was constantly reminded that she wasn’t “thin, confident, pretty,” she said.

“Mostly thin,” she explained. “There was a certain pleasant energy that they wanted people to have. impassive And I didn’t succeed. “

He added that he has struggled with eating disorders since the age of 12.

“For a long time I was following this diet which was basically 800 calories a day, and if I ate anything more than 800 calories, I would throw up,” he told Vulture. “I’ve never been bizarre. Sometimes I would starve and drink another cup of Special K. Then I’d say, ‘Well, now I have to throw up.’ “

She said that when she started dating actor Andrew Howard, whom she met on the set of the 1999 film “The Cherry Orchard,” he gave her a wake up call in the form of surgery.

Despite what Lynskey has been through, still deals with its fair share of body shaming to this day.

She replied to “Yellowjackets” fans on Twitter in January after they accused her of not being skinny enough.

“My life story since ‘Yellowjackets’ premiered,” he tweeted at the time. “The most striking are the ‘I care about your health !!’ people … bitch can’t you see me on my peleton! You don’t see me running in the park with my son. Skinny is not always synonymous with health “.