Emma Thompson calls out Hollywood for ‘Anorexia’ problem

The British actress took a swipe at Hollywood and the French fashion industry in a recent interview with Swedish chat show Skavlan.

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The Love Actually star spoke out about her experience on 2008’s Brideshead Revisited, in which she appeared alongside British actresses Felicity Jones and Hayley Atwell. She remembered:

“There was a wonderful actress in a film I did called Brideshead Revisited and the producer said to her, ‘Would you lose some weight?’ and she was exquisite and I said to them,

“If you speak to her about this again on any level I will leave this picture. You are never to do that.’”

Thompson continued to speak candidly about body image in general, stating that many kids ‘simply don’t eat’.

“The anorexia – there’s so many kids, girls and boys now, and actresses who are very, very thin into their thirties, who simply don’t eat. They don’t eat. Sometimes there are just some subjects that you absolutely have to make noise about because it’s so tedious and it’s gone on and on.”

She went onto describe the size issues as ‘evil’, saying “It’s evil what’s happening and what’s going on there, and it’s getting worse.”

Thompson continued to joke that Hollywood’s obsession over weight prevented her from living there.

“I never moved to the US,” she said. “I couldn’t. Can you imagine? Every time I go to LA I think, ‘Oh God, I am too fat to go there.’”

She was similarly critical of the fashion industry. “The French fashion industry said, ‘We will get rid of size zero,’ and didn’t,” she said.

Thompson has always been an active voice on women’s rights. In a letter to the Guardian last year she made a plea for the public to vote for the Women’s Equality party.  “I am backing the Women’s Equality party because I really do not want to die before closing the pay gap, which stands, in our great and supposedly modern capital city, at 23%,” she wrote.

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