Hairspray and Huge star Nikki Blonsky recently opened up about one of her professional experiences and what it meant in the body-focused Hollywood world.
â€œI’ve recently had an experience, where I’ve been given a complete ray of light, and I have a film coming out called Waiting for Forever. When I auditioned for it, it was a role written for a young married mom, and I auditioned for it and they gave it to me. It wasn’t a role written for a plus sized girl. I was like wow! I got a role that wasn’t for a plus sized girl.
â€œThese men who directed and produced the film gave me that hope. For a while I was like will I always be the cute sidekick? But these men showed me that I can do whatever I want in film. It’s up to the studios, the people, and the directors.
â€œIf there was a movie that I had to lose 80 lbs to do, I would absolutely lose those 80 lbs but that’s just because I love my job. I love what I do. I think it’s up to me and it’s up to everybody else out there in Hollywood to not be afraid of hiring plus-sized girls, we don’t bite. I can do everything skinny girls can do, trust me.
I honestly think Hollywood is getting real. They’re saying â€˜hey this is what a lot of America looks like,’ a lot of America doesn’t wear a size 2. I think the studios and the media are starting to realize that overweight people want something they can relate to, so let’s give it to them.”
… says Nikki.
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