Melanie Lynskey, along with her husband, recently slammed trolls, who felt the need to comment on her body after seeing Yellowjackets‘ first season.
Jason Ritter, her husband, chimed in alongside Melanie’s colleagues in shutting down haters for sharing “unsolicited comments” about her appearance.
“If anybody has any further unsolicited comments about anybody else’s body, they can feel free to write them in permanent ink onto their own foreheads and swan dive directly into the sun,” he wrote in support of his wife.
“The story of my life since Yellowjackets premiered,” Lynskey said, referencing another tweet that’s since been deleted. “Most egregious are the ‘I care about her health!!’ people…b**** you don’t see me on my Peloton! You don’t see me running through the park with my child. Skinny does not always equal healthy.”
Former costar Emily Deschanel also came to the actor’s defense, tweeting out: “Amen, sister! People need to know when to shut up!!! You look amazing and are incredible in the show! You are a beast on the bike and I call total B.S. on these so-called ‘health concerns’ No!”
Previously, Lynskey shared how fellow cast members supported her when someone on the Yellowjackets crew suggested she should lose weight for the series.
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.'”
Lynskey quickly shut it down, along with costars — Christina Ricci, Tawny Cypress, and Juliette Lewis — who came together to support her, and even wrote a letter to producers on Melanie’s behalf.
When discussing her character arc on the show, the 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.'”
“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.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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