Health & Fit Nicola Coughlan Hit Back at People Who Keep Asking About Her Weight
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Nicola Coughlan fromhas some words for people who keep asking about her weight.
She opened up about this viaon March 1. “Can we judge actors for their work and not their bodies?” she wrote. “Also, can we please stop asking women about their weight in interviews, especially when it's completely irrelevant?”
She continued, “I’m seeing a lot of interviews from 10 years ago where people go, ‘Oh, weren’t the questions so inappropriate!’ Unfortunately, it’s still happening.” (Coughlan is most likely referring to the resurfaced, , and clips making the rounds in light of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, which shed a light on the media's gross treatment of women in the early aughts.)
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The actor said that every time she's asked about her weight in interviews “it makes me deeply uncomfortable and so sad I’m not just allowed to just talk about the job I do that I so love.”
She called these types of “backwards” questions “reductive,” especially because “we’re making great strides for diversity in the arts.” (Bridgerton has particularly garnered acclaim for its inclusive casting.)
Nicola Coughlan ended her Twitter thread with an important message: She's not a body-positivity activist. She's an actor trying to do her job.
“I would lose or gain weight if [it was] an important role requirement,” she said. “My body is the tool I use to tell stories, not what I define myself by.”
This is a great point. Often the media puts labels on celebrities—role model, body-positivity activist, advocate, etc.—to fit a certain narrative. But we need to remember these actors and singers didn't ask for these titles. They're just trying to do good work.
In 2018, Coughlan wrote about this topic forafter critics kept focusing on her body when she was in a play. You can read the piece in full
Nicola Coughlan Clapped Back at People Focusing on Her Weight Instead of Her Work .
The 'Bridgerton' star wants everyone to "please stop asking women about their weight.""Can we judge actors for their work and not their bodies," Coughlan wrote in the first tweet of several. She attached an article she wrote for The Guardian in 2018 after a theater critic wrote she was "the kind of overweight little girl who will always become the butt of her fellows' immature humour" in a review for her play The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.