As the opinionated Tibby Rollins in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films, it would come as a surprise to learn that behind-the-scenes actress Amber Tamblyn was struggling with her self-image. She shared that a Warner Bros. executive once told her, “You have a real choice here. You can either be Nicole Kidman or you can be a character actress,” basically the only thing stopping her career was her weight.
Today, with several major film and television roles and as a published author, Amber is using her voice to inspire others to work on their self-acceptance.
Despite having a successful career as a popular media personality and BBC Radio 1 presenter in her native UK, Jameela Jamil wanted to parlay her fame across the pond. When she told others about her plans, she was told that she was, “throwing away an eight-year career and that I was too old - I was only 29 - too ethnic, and too fat to come over to Los Angeles."
Thankfully, the hilarious and talented Jameela didn’t pay the haters any mind and nailed her “The Good Place” audition, earning a major role in the critically-acclaimed series.
Though she has an award-winning voice, former- “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood was often criticized for her curvy figure. Most of that criticism came from online message boards when she was a contestant on season four of the music reality show.
The award winning-country superstar admits that criticism from those online trolls made her question her talent and even how she looked - prompting her to lose weight, even in some unhealthy ways. Thankfully, the singer has been able to overcome her insecurities and is now one of the reigning queens of the country music scene!
When it comes to experiencing harsh criticism, it seems that both men and women in Hollywood aren’t safe. When actor David Harbour was shooting a scene in the film “Brokeback Mountain”, he was allegedly told by director Ang Lee to look “more handsome” in a certain scene!
The actor was also apparently turned down for the role of The Blob after casting directors thought he was too overweight. Today, the actor has simply laughed off his past criticisms about his appearance and is now starring on the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things”.
If there’s anyone who knows about the relentless pressure women face to look a certain way it's comedian, writer and actress Amy Schumer. In one interview, she revealed that “Somebody, like, explained to me, ‘Just so you know, Amy, no pressure, but if you weigh over 140 lbs, it will hurt people’s eyes.’”
She has also said that she was told she would only be successful if she dropped weight for her hit film “Trainwreck”. Thankfully Amy hasn’t let the pressure stop her from working on new projects such as her most recent show, Hulu’s “Beth & Life”.