The moment left her "dying inside."
Sarah Snook is opening up about being body-shamed in the early days of her career. In a new interview with The Sunday Times, the actress recalled more than one instance that she was called out for the way she looked while on the job.
One of those times was when a producer scolded her in front of the cast and crew for eating "the tiniest bit of chocolate cake" on set. Snook said a costume designer intervened and told her to keep eating, but her self-esteem already took a hit and the moment made her feel as if she was "dying inside." She admitted that she never stood up for herself because she "was too young and naive" back then.
She continued, “That’s the unfortunate situation when a person is in a position of authority taking advantage, mindlessly saying something that could be taken the wrong way and taken on in a certain context that holds with that person for the rest of their life."
On another occasion, Snook revealed a casting agent once told her: “We don’t really want you because you’re a nobody, but the director and the writer think you’re good for the role. So what we’ll do is change all of you so that you’re marketable: We’ll whiten your teeth, darken your hair, we’ll give you a personal trainer so you can lose weight and look the part.”
At the time, she accepted the feedback but the harsh criticism left her thinking, "In order for me to be successful, I have to be all the things that aren’t me.”
Snook, who welcomed a baby girl in May 2023, explained the worthiness of women based on their appearance is something she's conscious of avoiding while raising her daughter.
“I’d like to hopefully change this for my daughter — if it’s even at all possible,” she said. "She’s a very cute baby, and people already go, ‘Oh, what a beautiful girl!’ And there’s a sense of protection that kicks in for me and goes, ‘Whoa, she’s more than that — or she will be.'"
Sarah added, "She is genuinely very cute — and I don’t think that’s just a biased mother saying that — but I am wary of that being language that she experiences growing up.”
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