Melanie Lynskey Said She Was Body-Shamed on Set of ‘Coyote Ugly’

  • The “Yellowjackets” star talked about her experience in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Lynskey said makeup artists and costume designers were “very disappointed when they saw me.”
  • Lynskey has previously spoken out about experiencing body-shaming throughout her career. 

Melanie Lynskey opened up about her “ridiculous” experience on the set of the 2000 film “Coyote Ugly” in an interview published on Wednesday with The Hollywood Reporter’s Rebecca Keegan.

The musical dramedy starred Piper Perabo as Violet, a small town girl who moves to New York to pursue her songwriting dreams. Lynskey played a character named Gloria, Violet’s best friend from New Jersey.

Alongside her “Yellowjackets” castmates, Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis, and Tawny Cypress, Lynskey discussed the troubling comments she received from certain crew members with THR.  

Lynskey told THR that she and her “Coyote Ugly” costars were placed on a “regimen.” In addition, Lynskey also revealed that she wore shapewear on set.

“It was ridiculous, I was already starving myself and as thin as I could possibly be for this body, and I was still a [size] four,” she told the outlet. “That was 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.'”

Melanie Lynskey on the red carpet for the premiere of "Coyote Ugly."

Lynskey recounts “starving herself” for her role as Gloria in the 2000 musical “Coyote Ugly.”

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Lynskey added that she also received “intense feedback” about her body.

“Just the feedback was constantly like, ‘You’re not beautiful. You’re not beautiful,'” the actress told THR.

Lynskey said that the harsh feedback didn’t end with monitoring her eating habits. During the interview, she said that a costume designer once told her, “Nobody told me there would be girls like you.” She continued, adding that a makeup artist offered to give her “a bit more of a jawline” while she was on set.  

The actress also divulged the treatment of her fellow female costars while filming. According to Lynskey, her  “Coyote Ugly” costar Perabo was under an intense microscope on set. 

“But the scrutiny that was on Piper [Perabo], who’s one of the coolest, smartest women, just the way people were talking about her body, talking about her appearance, focusing on what she was eating.”

Melanie Lynskey on the red carpet for Deadline Contenders Television at Paramount Studios.

Lynskey has not shied away from talking about fatphobia in the entertainment industry.

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After her experiences in the industry, Lynskey described feeling “very protective” over the girls who play the younger versions of the lead actresses on the Showtime hit “Yellowjackets.” 

“At the beginning of production, I sent them all an email, and I just was like, ‘Whatever you need, if you need a voice, if you need someone to go to the producers for you, whatever you need,’ and they were kind of like, ‘Cool. Thanks.’ They’re fine,” she told THR. 

This isn’t the first time Lynskey has been vocal about the scrutiny she’s faced during her film career. Insider’s Libby Torres reported that Lynskey spoke out earlier this year regarding her treatment on the set of “Yellowjackets.”

In a January 2021 interview with Rolling Stone’s EJ Dickson, Lynskey claimed that a crew member asked if she was getting a trainer. 

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