One of the things I love about Bridget Jones (the book character, as well as the movie character portrayed by Renee Zellweger) is how relatable she is.
She is a real woman with real “issues” when it comes to men, family, work, and, yea, her weight.
She dwells on her imperfections and commiserates with her BFFs about her woes — but don’t we all? Isn’t that what our BFFs are for?
She’s unfiltered, smart, sassy and funny… and I think her insecurities and vulnerabilities make her real.
And unlike celebrities such as Renee Zellweger, Real “Bridgets” exist everywhere in this world; in fact, we all probably have a little Bridget in us.
Well, in case you haven’t heard, Renee Zellweger has once again signed on to “pack it on again” (People’s headline, not mine) and portray Bridget for a third Bridget Jones film.
Something about this being “newsworthy” makes me very sad.
Petite and curvy Renee will likely once again go from about a size 2 to a 12 for this role, gaining about 30-40 pounds in the process. She’s done it twice before, so this isn’t like it’s something new (or newsworthy). Yet here I am talking about it.
The thing is, a size 12 — Bridget’s size in the books/movie — is pretty much the size of the average woman today! So I find it insulting that that’s what’s considered “packing it on.”
Am I alone in this sentiment?
In addition to that, how ridiculously unhealthy is this yo-yo dieting she (or any other actor/actress) do for movie roles?! Binge for this role, spend 12 hours a day with a trainer for that one … it never ends!
I mean, I know celebrities do lots of crazy things for their craft, but it seems to me that this obsession with weight (gain or loss) for roles just presents another unhealthy side of the industry.
While I’m all about eating right and exercising regularly, it can’t possibly be good for their bodies to punish themselves all the time.
Yet it seems to be the expectation for some directors; to play the part you need to look the part, which raises eyebrows in the media, as Scarlett Johansson noted this April.
What does all this say to little girls everywhere? Let’s be real here. In real life Renee the celebrity is a thin, curvy woman; to play Bridget the average woman, she has to gain quite a bit of weight — and it’s not even like what she’ll gain will even make her obese!! It’ll make her … “average”!
Here’s what gets me: it’s a double-standard.
In one of my favorite Ryan Reynolds (swoon! ;-)) movies, Just Friends, he dons a “fat suit” to portray a very heavy Chris Brander, the teenager. Once he’s Chris Brander, the 27-year old hunk, he sheds the fat suit and goes on with his merry life.
What upsets me for her is that Renee is going to be lugging around a real 30-40 extra pounds … to more or less look like an “average woman!”
Why put her in health in jeopardy for a role? Seems to me some appropriately-placed padding could have done the same trick.
Regardless, she took the role and knows what it entails … I just wish it didn’t come at such a price (health) or that the perception of it (“packing it on”) didn’t pack such a punch.
For all the women out there struggling with body image issues, hearing about Renee gaining 30-40 lbs to look “average” is almost a slap in the face.
Then again, I could say something else: with or without 30-40 lbs. on her, she’s still a beautiful woman inside and out, who plays the part incredibly well.
And I know I’ll go see the movie; I love Bridget Jones and wouldn’t miss another installment. Maybe in this film Bridget will truly make peace with her body?
That could have the most influence of all.
How about you? If you were an actor/actress, would you gain or lose a significant amount of weight for a role? And what did you think about the headline of “packing it on”? Did it upset you to read that and others like it?