Lena Headey: ‘I’m happier now I’m older, playing women who aren’t expected to be beautiful’

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On the fact that being a woman means being judged on your looks as soon as you walk into a room:

“Yes. I’m happier now I’m older, playing women who aren’t expected to be beautiful. That pressure has gone for me. [Male] actors can be ‘interesting’, but there’s a real pressure on women to be beautiful and skinny. When I was in my twenties, and doing a lot of audition tapes in the States, a casting director told me: “The men take these tapes home and watch them and say, ‘Who would you f***?’” I’ve never played the game of going in [to auditions] and flirting; I’ve never done it.

… says the 43 year-old Game of Thrones actress.

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Priyanka Chopra: In India, ‘you’re prettier if you’re fairer… I’m, like, dusky’

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On how she appeals to everyone:

Kids from all over—not just Indians—come talk to me. I met this Dominican girl the other day who said, ‘Everyone tells me that I look like you.’ She gave me a hug, and said, ‘You gave me the strength to stand up onstage and give a presentation in school on where I came from.’ 

On the time when she first got attention for her looks:

After 15… it was great for my ego. Before 15, I had a lot of self-esteem issues. I was very conscious of the color of my skin. I was very conscious of being, like, a super-gawky, skinny teenager.

On being self-conscious about her skin color:

[In] India, because there, you’re prettier if you’re fairer…. I’m, like, dusky. A lot of girls who have a darker skin hear things like, “Oh, poor thing, she’s dark. Poor thing, it’ll be hard for her.” In India they advertise skin-lightening creams: “Your skin’s gonna get lighter in a week.” I used it [when I was very young]. Then when I was an actor, around my early twenties, I did a commercial for a skin-lightening cream. I was playing that girl with insecurities. And when I saw it, I was like, “Oh sh-t. What did I do?” And I started talking about being proud of the way I looked. I actually really like my skin tone.

On stereotypes:

I did not want to be the stereotype of either Bollywood or what Indian actors are [usually offered]. The exotic, beautiful girl, or the academically inclined nerd. And I wanted to play a lead…. And I’m playing an FBI agent on Quantico. I didn’t settle for less.

On how she can call herself “exotic” but others can’t:

Right. We can call ourselves that. You can’t call us that. When somebody else calls you exotic, exotic is a box—it’s the stereotype of snake charmers and face jewelry. You’re just that stereotype. But I don’t get offended anymore. I used to get offended by things that were said to me, or how I was seen. Now I educate. If I get pissed off, I’ll educate in a sassy way. Other times I educate in a Gandhi-like way. You know—I have my moods.

… says Priyanka in Glamour.

 

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Talks Selfies and Insecurities

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Her tips on getting the perfect selfie:

‘Well, you need half an hour, you need great lighting, and you need to be prepared to take about 100 pictures of yourself, edit through 100 pictures of yourself and then filter them three times. You know, come on! Be real! That’s the way it is. I try to be mindful of that when I’m posting pictures, but again, it’s part of what I do and I hope that people don’t feel… that my social media is too obnoxious.’

On how gorgeous models can make young girls feel insecure:

‘[I worry about] young girls out there who are really feeling insecure about their image and they scroll through and see this image of a supermodel looking amazing, reclining on a beach in a completely unrealistic pose or environment. And I can see how that would make people not feel good about themselves. I can’t say that I’m immune to that. Sometimes I’m like, “F***!” You know? That doesn’t make me feel great.’

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Rashida Jones: “Beauty is so emotional for me — I eat my feelings”

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On her ‘awkward’ adolescence:

“Between 12 and 15, I was emotional, chubby and awkward. It was puberty and I was a work in progress. Thankfully I got to do that privately. It sucks now that kids have to decide how to represent themselves publicly at such a young age.”

On “Hollywood” beauty:

”I don’t like the idea that there is so much pressure on women to look a certain way in Hollywood. There are times when I feel myself buckling under that pressure. Beauty is so emotional for me — I eat my feelings.”

On her mom’s beauty approach:

”She has always been holistic about beauty — she puts on sunblock, drinks a ton of water, takes care of herself, meditates. I’m less strict, but I do meditate, eat well, work out. And I love being in nature with no mirrors — just trees and a good sweat.”

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Jaclyn Smith Brings the Quote of the Day

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Her secret on looking youthful at age 71:

‘I love green drinks, but I blend not juice so I get the pulp. I use broccoli, kale, spinach, green apple, avocado, water, and a squeeze of lemon.’

… says Charlie’s Angels star Jaclyn in Closer Weekly.

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