Melanie Lynskey Shares How She Was Ashamed While Filming ‘Coyote Ugly’


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

She and her “Yellowjackets” co-stars Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress reflected on their early days in the entertainment industry for a profile for The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday. In the interview, Lynskey shared her experiences from the set of 2000’s “Coyote Ugly,” where she was embarrassed and pressured to lose weight.

“All the girls had this regime that they had to follow. It was ridiculous,” Lynskey said. “I was already starving myself and being as thin as I could possibly be for this body, and I was still a… [size] four.”

“Only the feedback was constant like, ‘You’re not pretty. You’re not pretty,” she said. “When you’re in your early twenties, so much of it is about beauty, and how people react to you, and people want to fuck you?”

Lynskey at the 2000 premiere of ‘Coyote Ugly’.

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The late 1990s and early 2000s were not a particularly friendly time when it came to women’s bodies. Kate Winslet remembered last year on the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” that she was subjected to 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 at an event wearing size four jeans — and was relentlessly ridiculed for being “overweight.”

During that time, she was constantly reminded that she was not “thin, confident, beautiful,” she said.

“Usually skinny,” she explained. “There was a certain pleasant energy that they wanted people to have. Not challenging. And I failed to do that.”

She added that she has struggled with an eating disorder since she was 12.

“I had this diet for a long time which was basically 800 calories a day, and if I ate anything over 800 calories I would throw up,” she told Vulture. “I was never stingy. Sometimes I was hungry and I still had a teacup of Special K. Then I would think, ‘Well, now I have to throw it up.’”

Despite what Lynskey has been through, she continues to do her fair share of body shaming to this day.

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

“The story of my life since ‘Yellowjackets’ premiered,” she tweeted at the time. “The most blatant are the ‘I care about her health!!’ people… bitch you don’t see me on my Peleton! You don’t see me running through the park with my kid. Skinny doesn’t always equal healthy.”


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