Jameela Jamil Was Told She Was Too ‘Old And Fat And Ethnic’ To Chase Dreams In U.S.


Jameela Jamil doesn’t take haters to coronary heart.

The “Good Place” actress, an outspoken advocate for physique positivity and truthful therapy of girls in Hollywood, mentioned on Twitter Sunday that when she needed to maneuver to the U.S. at age 29, not everybody was thrilled together with her plans. However she “went anyway, and did okay.”

“Received informed I used to be too outdated and fats and ethnic to surrender my profession within the UK and transfer to America at 29,” Jamil wrote. “Making an attempt is successful. Every thing else on high of that’s cake.”

Previous to starring on NBC’s “The Good Place,” Jamil was greatest referred to as a UK Channel four host and later the host of BBC Radio 1’s chart present. The actress has spoken earlier than about how she was “actively discouraged” from shifting to the U.S., and the way individuals warned her towards “throwing away an eight-year profession.”

Jamil didn’t have a lot performing expertise on the time, however she determined to take the leap, and auditioned for “The Good Place” with the assistance of some… let’s say, creative storytelling.

“I lied in my audition. I mentioned I’d largely completed theater as a result of it’s tougher to trace down,” she informed BBC Radio 5 Dwell final 12 months. “Technically it’s not a lie as a result of once I was six I performed Oliver’s mom in my college play. I used to be artistic with the reality.”

Since then, Jamil has starred in all three seasons of “The Good Place” and grow to be a fierce physique positivity advocate, launching the “I Weigh” marketing campaign, a social media motion the place she encourages ladies to explain their qualities and accomplishments slightly than their appearances. 

“I don’t wish to fear about stretch marks or cellulite or time or gravity displaying on my face and my physique,” she mentioned on the #BlogHer Well being 2019 convention in February, explaining why she’s so aggressive in breaking down the poisonous tradition that shames ladies for his or her our bodies. “This stuff are intentionally there ― to go full ‘tin hat’ on you ― they’re right here to distract us, to present us one thing else to consider in order that we’re not excited about rising our companies and our households and our lives and our hearts and our minds.”

“It’s so aggressive how pervasive it’s and the way it’s in all places,” she added. “It takes somebody and one thing aggressive to tear that down.”

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