Melanie Lynskey Says Coyote Ugly To Piper Perabo

Melanie Lynskey Says She Was Embarrassed While Filming 'Coyote Ugly': 'I Starved'

Melanie Lynskey has been candid about the body shaming she experienced early in her career.

The New Zealand-born actress, 44, revealed during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she felt pressure to lose weight while filming Coyote Ugly. 

Lynskey portrayed Gloria, the New Jersey-based BFF of Piper Perabo's Violet, in the hit 2000 film.

Although she said Perabo received a lot of criticism behind the scenes, Lynskey admitted that all the women on set were criticized for their bodies.

 "All women have this regimen that they have to follow. It's funny," the actress said.

 "I starved myself and was as skinny as I can be for this body, and I'm still a [size] four."

"I've had people put loads of Spanx in my wardrobe and be so disappointed when they see me, the costume designer says, 'No one told me there were girls like you,'" Lynskey continued. 

"Really intense feedback about my physique, my body, the people doing my makeup and helping me by giving you a little bit of a jawline and stuff."

 The only feedback is always, 'You're not beautiful. "You're not beautiful."

She added: “In your 20s there's a lot about beauty and how people react to you and people want to f—? Do people think you are their best friend? Even as my best friend, I started saying, 'I don't want to do this too often.'"

Lynskey has previously revealed other times in her career when she was allegedly body-shamed.

Earlier this year, she opened up about the body shaming she experienced on the set of her hit Showtime series Yellowjackets, saying the production team criticized her shape during filming.

"They asked me, 'What do you want to do? I'm sure the producers will get a coach. 

They want to help you with it," Lynskey recalled in an interview with Rolling Stone. 

She also noted that her co-stars Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci and Juliette Lewis have come to her defense, with Lewis, 48, writing a letter to producers.