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Emma Thompson Says the Pressure on Hollywood Women to Be Thin Is ‘Evil’ and ‘Getting Worse’

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Emma Thompson. Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto — Getty Images

Actress Emma Thompson is fed up with Hollywood’s pressures to be thin.

During an interview on the Swedish talk show Skavlan, Thompson said that she almost quit working on the movie Brideshead Revisited after a producer asked another actress working on the film, who she left unnamed, to lose weight.

“There was a wonderful actress in a film I did called Brideshead Revisited,” she said. “The producer said to her, ‘Will you lose some weight?’ And 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.'” She added: “It’s evil what’s happening there, and it’s getting worse.”

Thompson then commented on Hollywood’s obsession with being thin—joking that she could never move to a city like LA because she thinks she’s “too fat.”

Brideshead Revisited, a 2008 British drama that takes place just before WWII, also stars Hayley Atwell, Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Felicity Jones, and Greta Scacchi.