The Women Of "Yellowjackets" Came Together To Support Melanie Lynskey After A Crew Member Implied She Should Lose Weight, And That's True Sisterhood

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You already knew this, but let me affirm that Melanie Lynskey is a badass.

No, I haven't met her personally. Yes, this is me manifesting that.

No, I haven't met her personally. Yes, this is me manifesting that.

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The Yellowjackets breakout and veteran actor (she costarred alongside Kate Winslet in 1994's Heavenly Creatures) recently spoke to Rolling Stone about her role on the Showtime series and reflected on her career thus far.

Melanie sitting in a diner in a scene from Yellowjacket
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Melanie discussed facing misogyny and body shaming in Hollywood, including how disgraced ex-producer Harvey Weinstein "made a call that nobody really wanted to hear from me" in the middle of the press tour for Heavenly Creatures.

Melanie and Kate Winslet holding hands outside in a scene from Heavenly Creatures

As a result of the industry's rigid standards, Melanie was largely shut out of roles while Kate's career skyrocketed. "It was the mid-'90s and there was a look that was popular, and it wasn’t this chubby, dark-haired New Zealander," she said.

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And, unfortunately, while progress has been made, Melanie recalled a recent incident on the set of Yellowjackets that shows just how much work still needs to be done.

Melanie's character sitting by a side table with a letter in her hand
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While filming, a production member insinuated the 44-year-old needed to lose weight for the part. "They were asking me, 'What do you plan to do? I’m sure the producers will get you a trainer. They’d love to help you with this.'"

ICK! Leave women alone! Thanks!

ICK! Leave women alone! Thanks!

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Naturally, Melanie didn't put up with that straight-from-the-sewer line of thinking. Her costars — Christina Ricci, Tawny Cypress, and Juliette Lewis (who play grown Misty, Tai, and Natalie, respectively) — also came together to support her, and the latter even penned a letter to producers on Melanie's behalf.

The cast of Yellowjackets at the premiere
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Speaking about her character arc on the show, the Don't Look Up actor said, "It was really important to me for [Shauna] to not ever comment on my body, to not have me putting a dress on and being like, 'I wish I looked a bit better.'"

<div><p>"I did find it important that this character is just comfortable and sexual and not thinking or talking about it, because I want women to be able to watch it and be like, 'Wow, she looks like me and nobody’s saying she’s the fat one,'" she continued. "That representation is important."</p></div><span> Kailey Schwerman / ©Showtime / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I did find it important that this character is just comfortable and sexual and not thinking or talking about it, because I want women to be able to watch it and be like, 'Wow, she looks like me and nobody’s saying she’s the fat one,'" she continued. "That representation is important."

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So, Melanie, I'm gonna need the name of the crew member who said this to you. I totally just want to talk to them! For totally journalistic purposes, of course...

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Head over to Rolling Stone to read Melanie's full profile story.