Melanie Lynskey recalls body shaming on the set of ‘Coyote Ugly’

Melanie Lynskey recalls body shaming on the set of 'Coyote Ugly'

Both women said that they’d been typecast as “character actors” and denounced use of the word “quirky” to describe themselves. Lynskey recalled when a script changed a description of her character from “beautiful” to “cute and quirky.”

“I never liked that word,” she said.

Earlier this year, Lynskey opened up about the scrutiny of her appearance that began after her first film, Peter Jackson’s acclaimed “Heavenly Creatures.” While her co-star Kate Winslet went on to play several ingenue roles, Lysnkey said she didn’t experience the same glut of offers.

“I kept getting reminded I was not the things you needed to be,” she told Vulture in May. “Thin, confident, pretty. Mostly thin.”

After being criticized for her looks during her early years in Hollywood, Lynskey told the Hollywood Reporter she feels “very protective” of her young “Yellowjackets” co-stars who play younger versions of the four main characters. Luckily, she and her co-stars said, the younger cast members are confident enough to stand up for themselves.

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