5 Celebrities Speak on Hollywood’s Weight Ideal

Published Categorized as Anna Friel, Jennifer Lawrence, Lists, Rachel Bilson, Scarlett Johansson

These 5 celebrities are sick of Hollywood’s pressure to look perfect and that includes weight. Some have been told to slim down for jobs or just feel the pressure to lose extra pounds, but they aren’t about to cave to the weight ideal that Hollywood has set. They believe that they should be accepted as they are for any role or work they’re offered and they don’t believe there should be constant pressure to slim down. Some are also annoyed at how much coverage weight and body image is focused on in the media and they believe it’s an unhealthy obsession that doesn’t do anyone any good – it just makes people feel bad.


Anna Friel

Speaking on Hollywood’s pressure to look amazing directly after giving birth, Anna says losing the weight takes time and she won’t cave to the pressure:”It takes nine months for your body to make a baby and nine months for your body to get back to normal. I’m against the whole pressure not to put on weight during pregnancy and instantly lose pounds afterwards. It’s crazy and sets a really bad example.”

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett doesn’t want to be a part of the thin trend and thinks curves are attractive:”I try to stay fit and eat healthily, but I’m not anxious to starve myself and become unnaturally thin. I don’t find that look attractive on women and I don’t want to become part of that trend. It’s unhealthy and it puts too much pressure on women in general who are being fed this image of the ideal, which it is not. I think America has become obsessed with dieting rather than focusing on eating well, exercising and living a healthy life. I also think that being ultra-thin is not sexy at all. Women shouldn’t be forced to conform to unrealistic and unhealthy body images that the media promote. I don’t need to be skinny to be sexy.”

Ricky Gervais

Ricky says when he does get healthy, it’s for him and not Hollywood: “What is it in America? Who cares what anyone thinks? If I don’t get a film role because my teeth are crooked, then f**k them. I don’t want it. And if I don’t get a film role because I’m not thin enough, then f**k them. Why would I do that (lose weight to get more movie roles)? I hate that people think I would. It makes me angry. I remember when a newspaper said, ‘He’s lost three stone for Hollywood’. And I went, ‘No, I haven’t lost three stone and I would never do it for Hollywood. I did it because I want to be fit.'”

Rachel Bilson

Rachel is sick of the media highlighting weight and body image because it’s not healthy: “You know what I hate? The amount of attention that is put on weight and body image. It is so backwards and sends out the wrong message. (I am asked) ‘What do you eat? Do you work out?’ It’s not what young girls should be stressing about. They look up to these actresses and read about plastic surgery and what they do and don’t eat. I eat, I love food, I wanna eat when I wanna eat. If you are not feeling good about yourself, then you work out. But you do it for you.”

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer is often singled out as the “fat” one even though she is average weight and she says she won’t starve herself: “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress. I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach. I eat like a caveman. I’ll be the only actress who doesn’t have anorexia rumors. I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I keep waiting for that one role to come along that scares me enough into dieting, and it just can’t happen. I’m invincible.”