At just 21 years old, Emma Thompson got her start in comedy, joking about the pressure for women to be thin.
Fast forward thirty five years and things are totally, completely different.
Women can look however they want on screen, and the saying “the camera adds ten pounds” hasn’t been uttered by a film professional in years, and every single shape and size is accepted as beautiful.
Oh, wait, so sorry, it actually hasn’t changed at all. It’s exactly the same. My bad.
Now 57, Thompson, who is quite frankly a bloody international treasure, has taken aim (once again) at Hollywood’s “evil” anorexia problem.
“It is evil what is going on out there and it is getting worse,” she said on Swedish chat show Skavlan.
“The anorexia – there’s so many kids, girls and boys now, and actresses who are very, very thin into their 30s, who simply don’t eat. They don’t eat,” she said.
"Sometimes there are just some subjects that you absolutely have to make noise about because it’s so tedious and it’s gone on and on."
Thankfully, Thompson is always ready and prepped with a sassy answer when someone brings up the subject of her weight in a work environment: "Sorry, do you want me to be an actress or a model?"
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It's a problem the actress - who has won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, three BAFTAs and one Emmy Award - has faced for years, and one she has always been outspoken about.
During the same interview, Thompson revealed that a female co-star on 2008 film Brideshead Revisited was asked to lose weight.
Unsurprisingly, Thompson was horrified.
"The producer said to her, 'Will you lose some weight?' And she was absolutely exquisite!" she said.
"I said to them, 'If you speak to her about this again, on any level, I will leave this picture. You are never to do that'."
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