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Melanie Lynskey details being body-shamed during 'Coyote Ugly'

Wonderwall logo Wonderwall 8/4/2022 Mark Gray

"Yellowjackets" star Melanie Lynskey is getting candid about a body-shaming incident that took place while she filmed the 2000 movie "Coyote Ugly."

Melanie Lynskey, 2022 Critics Choice Awards © Matt Baron/Shutterstock Melanie Lynskey, 2022 Critics Choice Awards

"All the girls had this regimen they had to go on. It was ridiculous," the actress told The Hollywood Reporter. "I was already starving myself and as thin as I could possibly be for this body, and I was still a [size] four."

Melanie, who was 23 years old when she filmed the iconic movie, said one of the crew members was particularly harsh on her and other actresses.

"There were already people putting a lot of Spanx on me in wardrobe fittings and being very disappointed when they saw me, the costume designer being like, 'Nobody told me there would be girls like you,'" she said. "Really intense feedback about my physicality, my body, people doing my makeup and being like, 'I'm just going to help you out by giving you a bit more of a jawline and stuff.' Just the feedback was constantly like, 'You're not beautiful. You're not beautiful.'"

Melanie Lynskey © Sara Jaye Weiss/Shutterstock Melanie Lynskey

The costume designer listed in the credits is not the one that disparaged Melanie.

"The costume designer who initially worked on Coyote Ugly left for some reason, & a lovely kind woman named Marlene Stewart took over and she was AWESOME," the actress clarified on Twitter. 

She added, "The first person was mean, the person credited was not. And my answer was kind of a jumble – I had experiences with makeup artists offering to help my face look better but that did not happen on Coyote Ugly. The hair and makeup team were amazing and so kind and among the best I've ever worked with."


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