If you thought you’d get through this day without screaming into the void, well, think again. In a new interview, handsome smoker and extraordinarily talented actress Bryce Dallas Howard says she was asked to lose weight while filming “Jurassic World Dominion.”
Howard was talking about his role in Metro about his role in Jurassic World: Dominion and what that means for the representation of women in action movies. Unfortunately, for filmmakers, this means the same as the representation of women in any form of Hollywood media or production.
“What has being in this third film enabled – how do I say that, how do I say that, how do I say that…[I’ve] I was asked not to use my natural body in the cinema.”
WHAT?! What does it mean? If there was ever a time to sigh deeply, close your eyes and pinch the bridge of your nose, it’s now.
Howard says the film’s director, Colin Trevorrow, came to his defense.
“On the third film, it was actually because there were so many women in the cast, it was something that Colin was very keen on protecting me,” she explains. “The conversation resumed: ‘We have to ask Bryce to lose weight.'”
Why. Just why? No matter who you are or what you do, if you are a woman you are expected to spend all your precious and brief time on this earth hating yourself and always finding ways to look slimmer, more younger and prettier. Even if you are already beautiful and extremely talented. I’m exhausted just typing on this.
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“He was like, ‘There are a lot of different types of women on this planet, and there are a lot of different types of women in our movie,’ and I had to do so many stunts that wouldn’t have been possible. if I had been on a diet,” she says.
And she is right! Because bodies need carbohydrates, sugar, and proteins and diets are not sustainable. What Howard knows and defended herself alongside her director.
“So I’m really happy [at] all the actions I have to do, and I have to do it with my body. She was at peak strength, and I hope that’s just another indication of what’s possible.”
Earlier this year, Melanie Lynskey revealed that she was also told to lose weight while filming the Showtime thriller, “Yellow Vests” by the show’s producers.
“They were like, ‘What are you planning on doing? I’m sure the producers will find you a trainer. They’d like to help you with that.'”
Fortunately, she was able to shoot down the idea that people would only want to see her on the show if she was slimmer.
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“I thought it was important that this character be just comfortable and sexual and not think about it or talk about it, because I want women to be able to look at him and be like, ‘Wow, she looks like me and no one says she’s the fat one’. .’ This representation is important,” she said.
Part of fighting patriarchy is refusing to submit to patriarchal beauty standards that require women to take up less space. Personally, I couldn’t imagine willingly sharing any part of my life with men who wanted me to be a certain way – let alone work for them – but at least there are women like Bryce Dallas Howard and Melanie Lynskey. who refuse to starve and contort. themselves for their work.