How was Melanie Lynskey body-shamed while filming ‘Coyote Ugly’?

Published on August 05, 2022 02:05 AM by FACTSWOW Team

What did that incident happen?

Melanie Lynskey opened up recently about her painful experiences of being mocked for her body two decades ago.

Who joined her?

She and her “Yellowjackets” co-stars Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, and Tawny Cypress reflected on their early days in the entertainment industry. In the interview, Melanie Lynskey shared her experiences from being on the set of 2000′s “Coyote Ugly,” where she was body-shamed and pressured to lose weight.

What did she further mention?

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

Who and all criticized her?

She described at the time having to wear Spanx in wardrobe fittings and receiving criticism about her body from the costume designers and people doing her makeup on the film’s set.

What feedback did she get during those times?

"Just the feedback was constantly like, You're not beautiful. You're not beautiful. In your early 20s, it is about beauty, and how people respond to you, and do people want to fuck you?"

Who were famous personalities criticized like her before?

The late 1990s and early 2000s weren't particularly kind regarding women's bodies. Kate Winslet recalled last year on the "WTF with Marc Maron" podcast that she was subjected to a lot of "personal physical scrutiny" for not being rail-thin in 1997's "Titanic." Jessica Simpson created a media frenzy in 2009 when she showed up to an event wearing a pair of size-four jeans and was ruthlessly made fun of for being "overweight."

Pressure in teenage

Melanie Lynskey said that she faced this kind of pressure after her breakout role in 1994′s "Heavenly Creatures," which she co-starred in when she was a teenager.

Lacking confidence

At the time, she was constantly reminded that she was not thin and confident. There was certain pleasant energy they wanted people to have. Unchallenging. And I wasn’t successful doing that.

Reason for maintaining a diet

She added that she has struggled with irregular eating habits since she was 12. I had a long diet of 800 calories a day, and if I ate anything over 800, I would throw up. “I was never binge. Sometimes I will be starving and have another teacup of Special K. Then I'd be like, 'Well, now I got to throw it up.’”

She said when she began dating actor Andrew Howard, who she met on the set of the 1999 film “The Cherry Orchard,” he gave her a wake-up call in the form of intervention.


Despite what Melanie Lynskey has gone through, she still deals with her fair share of body-shaming in this era.

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Published on August 05, 2022 02:05 AM by FACTSWOW Team

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