bear with me on this, bc idk if i have my thoughts together on this yet—
i think the reason we primarily see overweight actresses doing comedy more than any other genre is because at least while we’re laughing at their jokes we’re happily distracted, y’know endorphins and whatnot— the second she stops telling jokes and we stop laughing, we feel bad about ourselves bc we’re forced to face the fact that we’re guilty of dehumanizing her because we can’t sexually objectify her (if you’ve never heard about this, i suggest you read laura mulvey’s essay “visual pleasure and narrative cinema”) the way we do skinny actresses. in both situations women are dehumanized, but at least the latter has ornamental value. the former isn’t even aesthetically pleasing, so she is entirely worthless to the viewer or audience member no matter what or who she is. and because we associate seeing her with feeling bad about ourselves, we don’t want to repeat the process- people stop going to see the film or stop watching the television show and the production company loses money, and forever after casting directors are instructed not to cast even marginally overweight women because their presence directly correlates to profit loss. the only actress i’ve seen sort of rise above that is gabourey sidibe, in precious, but also i don’t think a single other person could have portrayed that character the way she did, and there are various other factors (pronounced curviness being more acceptable as a standard of beauty in cultures comprised of people of color being one of them) and after precious the next most popular thing she did was american horror story, where she was, inevitably, turned into a “sassy black lady” character and once again pigeonholed into a comedic role, even in such a gruesome show. i’m not calling for a flood of affirmative action type overweight actresses by any means but i just think it’s something to consider.
[aggressively hums the Game of Thrones theme at you progressively louder over the next month]
Kristen Bell at the 86th Annual Academy Awards (March 2, 2014)
Now I feel a lot more settled in who I am and what I think and how I want to do things. And because I feel good about what I’m doing, I don’t need anyone else to say whether they think it’s good or not.
do i believe in love at first sight? absolutely. i fall in love with every dog i see
Don’t let tumblr make you think that getting bad grades and not caring about school is fine
“THERE’S A KIND OF BIG EVOLUTION [FOR SANSA IN SEASON 4]. SHE BEGINS TO KIND OF MANIPULATE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE WRONG TO HER IN HER PAST. SHE BECOMES A POWERHOUSE CHARACTER BUT IN A VERY SUBTLE WAY. IT’S REALLY GOOD. I FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A MOMENT WHERE I CAN MANIPULATE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME BEFORE ME, SO IT WAS LIKE I HAD BEEN WAITING FOR IT FOR SO LONG. IT WAS A RELEASE.”
To be one hundred percent honest, I did not at all have Hollywood in my sights when I left drama school. I just never assumed that it was a possible dream. Part of me was expecting to lose from day one, and I definitely had no higher hopes than to be on the stage in some sort of touring production.