Melanie Lynskey Explains How She Was Body Shame While Filming ‘Coyote Ugly’

Melanie Lynskey opened up this week about her painful memories of being mocked for her body two decades ago.

her and heryellow jackets“Co-stars Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress spoke about their early days in the entertainment industry for a profile of The Hollywood Reporter released Wednesday. In the interview, Lynskey shared her experiences on the set of “Coyote Ugly” from the 2000s, where she was shamed and pressured to lose weight.

“All the girls had this diet they had to follow. 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 in wardrobe accessories and receiving criticism of her body from costume designers and people doing her makeup on set.

“Just the comments were constantly like, ‘You’re not beautiful. You are not beautiful,” she said. “In your early twenties it’s all about good looks, and how do people react to you, and do people want to fuck you?”

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

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The late 1990s and early 2000s were not a particularly good time when it came to women’s bodies. Kate Winslet reminded last year on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast that she was put through a lot of “personal physical examination” for not being 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 mercilessly mocked for being “overweight”.

Lynskey said vulture in May that she faced that kind of pressure after her breakout role in 1994’s “Heavenly Creatures,” which she co-starred in 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. Unmistakable. And I failed to do that.

She added that she had struggled with eating disorders since she was 12 years old.

“I had, for a really long time, been on this diet which was basically 800 calories a day, and if I ate more than 800 calories, I would vomit,” she told Vulture. “I’ve never been drunk. Sometimes I’d starve and have another cup of Special K tea. Then I’d be like, ‘Well, now I have to throw it up.’ “

She said when she started dating actor Andrew Howard, whom she met on the set of ‘The Cherry Orchard’ in 1999, he gave her a wake-up call in the form of a intervention.

Despite what Lynskey has been through, she still faces her fair share of body shame to this day.

She hit back at “Yellowjackets” fans on Twitter in January after they accused her of not being thin enough.

“My life story since ‘Yellowjackets’ premiered,” she tweeted at the time. “The most egregious are the ‘I care about his health!!’ “People…bitch don’t you see me on my Peleton! You don’t see me running in the park with my kid. Skinny doesn’t always mean healthy.