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'Yellowjackets' star Melanie Lynskey says she was body-shamed on set by a crew member

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'Yellowjackets' star Melanie Lynskey says she was body-shamed on set by a crew member © Showtime 'Yellowjackets' star Melanie Lynskey says she was body-shamed on set by a crew member
  • Melanie Lynskey says she was body-shamed on the set of "Yellowjackets."
  • A crew member critiqued Lynskey's body and asked if she was getting a trainer, the actress revealed.

Melanie Lynskey revealed in a new interview that she was body-shamed on the set of "Yellowjackets" — but that her costars on the Showtime drama stepped in to support her.

Speaking to Rolling Stone's EJ Dickson, the actress recalled how a member of the production team was fixated on Lynskey's body while they were filming the show.

"They were asking me, 'What do you plan to do? I'm sure the producers will get you a trainer. They'd love to help you with this,'" Lynskey recalled.

But Lynskey's "Yellowjackets" costars Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci, and Juliette Lewis came together to uplift her, and Lewis even wrote a letter to the show's producers in support of Lynskey.

The "But I'm a Cheerleader" actress also told Rolling Stone that she was conscious of how her "Yellowjackets" character Shauna related to her body.

"It was really important to me for [Shauna] to not ever comment on my body, to not have me putting a dress on and being like, 'I wish I looked a bit better,'" Lynskey said.

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"I did find it important that this character is just comfortable and sexual and not thinking or talking about it, because I want women to be able to to watch it and be like, 'Wow, she looks like me and nobody's saying she's the fat one.' That representation is important," she added.

Lynskey has been open about her experience with body-shaming and fatphobia in the entertainment industry. In a 2012 interview with the Daily Beast, she said a costume director on a film once had a negative reaction to her clothing size.

"I went to a costume fitting on a movie when I was 21 and the costume director had a fit because I wasn't sample size. He was like, 'Nobody told me there'd be girls like you on this movie, this is crazy!'" Lynskey recalled.

"Yellowjackets" aired its season finale on Sunday. Check out our spoiler-filled interview with the cocreators here.

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