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‘The Hour’ Star Romola Garai Strikes Out at Hollywood’s Weight Obsession

'The Hour' Star Romola Garai Strikes Out at Hollywood's Weight Obsession

Remember when Kate Winslet was lambasted by the media for her hourglass figure in “Titanic”? Well, Romola Garai, the gorgeous young star of must-see BBC America series “The Hour,” is calling out the American media for airbrushing her lithe size ten figure.

The 30-year-old said:

“My weight was a very big issue when I started. I was then – and am now – a very normal size 10. But that’s not acceptable. Everyone’s aware of it. It’s partly because fashion, film and television have become so interdependent. Increasingly, it’s actresses doing the big fashion advertising campaigns and now there’s no distinction between actresses and models. There’s no way I could ring up a company that was lending me a red carpet dress and say, ‘Do you have it in a 10?’ Because all the press samples are an eight – I would say a small eight. If you want the profile, you have to lose the weight.”

She says she’d rather act in films than do glamour photo shoots anyway. And check out “The Hour,” which is a 1957 mix of “Mad Men,” “Broadcast News” and “Newsroom.” Season Two starts November 28, sans the Season One spy plot. Garai plays Bel, the producer of a new hour-long BBC news hour; anchor Hector (Dominic West of “The Wire”) and reporter Freddy (Ben Whishaw, Q in “Skyfall”) co-star as rivals for Bel’s affection. Peter Capaldi joins the cast as Bel’s new boss.

“This is more about the coming of glamour and Hollywood aspiration,” the series creator Abi Morgan (“The Iron Lady”) tells USA Today, “and really how the news keeps up in a very changing world … We have the arrival of immigration and the threat of the Cold War and there’s mass wealth. I think it’s about the birth of celebrity.”

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