Melanie Lynskey Details How She Was Harshly Body-Shamed While Filming ‘Coyote Ugly’

Melanie Lynskey opened up this week about her painful recollections of being mocked for her physique 20 years in the past.

She and her “Yellowjackets” co-stars Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress mirrored on their early days within the leisure business for a profile for The Hollywood Reporter printed Wednesday. Within the interview, Lynskey shared her experiences from being on the set of 2000′s “Coyote Ugly,” the place she was body-shamed and pressured to shed pounds.

“All the girls had this regimen they had to go on. It was ridiculous,” Lynskey mentioned. “I was already starving myself and as thin as I could possibly be for this body, and I was still a [size] four.”

She described on the time having to put on Spanx in wardrobe fittings and receiving criticism about her physique from the costume designers and folks doing her make-up on the movie’s set.

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

Lynskey on the 2000 premiere of “Coyote Ugly.”

George De Sota by way of Getty Pictures

The late Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s weren’t a very sort period when it got here to girls’s our bodies. Kate Winslet recalled final 12 months on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast that she was subjected to a variety of “personal physical scrutiny” for not being rail-thin in 1997’s “Titanic.” Jessica Simpson created a media frenzy in 2009 when she confirmed as much as an occasion sporting a pair of size-four denims — and was ruthlessly made enjoyable of for being “overweight.”

Lynskey informed Vulture in Might that she confronted this type of stress after her breakout function in 1994′s “Heavenly Creatures,” which she co-starred in when she was simply a youngster.

On the time she was continually reminded that she was not “thin, confident, pretty,” she mentioned.

“Mostly thin,” she defined. “There was a certain pleasant energy they wanted people to have. Unchallenging. And I wasn’t successful doing that.”

She added that she struggled with disordered consuming for the reason that age of 12.

“I had, for a very long time, been on this diet that was basically 800 calories a day, and if I ate anything over 800 calories, I would throw up,” she informed Vulture. “I was never bingey. Sometimes I’d be starving, and I’d have another teacup of Special K. Then I’d be like, ‘Well, now I gotta throw it up.’”

She mentioned when she started courting actor Andrew Howard, who she met on the set of the 1999 movie “The Cherry Orchard,” he gave her a wake-up name within the type of an intervention.

Regardless of what Lynskey has gone via, she nonetheless offers along with her justifiable share of body-shaming to this present day.

She hit again at “Yellowjackets” followers on Twitter again in January after they accused her of not being skinny sufficient.

“The story of my life since ‘Yellowjackets’ premiered,” she tweeted on the time. “Most egregious are the ‘I care about her health!!’ people… bitch you don’t see me on my Peleton! You don’t see me running through the park with my child. Skinny does not always equal healthy.”