I love Romola Garai. First, she’s a good actress. She’s just so excellent in The Hour which is written by Abi Morgan. Second, she knows that she needs to be in magazines and make appearances in order to have a successful acting career. But being the feminist that she is she doesn’t let any of that take away from her knowing that this shit is all messed up.
She’s a size 10 (a US size 6) but when I look at pictures of her I think she’s much smaller. That’s because as she says she constantly gets airbrushed. And to add insult to injury she doesn’t ever get offers of designer duds because they never make anything bigger than a size 8.
And the fact that she looks smaller than she is makes her nervous because she doesn’t want to anybody to think that she is anything other than who she is in reality.
And I know that people are accepting those images and are under the impression that that is really how my body looks, that I’m hairless and sexless and weigh 90 lbs. That really worries me. And I really don’t know what to do except talk about it.
Please keep on talking because we will be listening.
Here’s a preview for The Hour which will be back on BBC America on November 28.
Romola Garai: as a size 10 I’m too fat for Hollywood (The Telegraph)