weight & size

  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    As we are all aware there is always a great amount of pressure on actresses and actors in hollywood to have a certain body shape. . basically you have to be a british size 8-10 at the most for the ladies and the men have to be muscular with no beer bellies...

    Although we are not in hollywood yet, does anyone feel the pressure even at our levels in the business?

    I know that people will always need actors of different shapes and sizes but do any ladies or guys feel that you would get more castings if you were a certain shape & size?

    just interested to see.. been having a bit of a read up on this subject.

    :)

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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    im sure it would help me if i was sexy and buff! but i guess i am happy being me! lol

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    Interesting!

    Look how many actors in British soaps and leading film and TV drama are quite short.

    It was suggested to me once that a director can make a FULLER scene and the camera CAN lie by shooting from below the actor and upwards, thus deceiving the viewer.

    Not me! I find the whole thing laughable and crass to be honest...BUT...that's why it MIGHT be difficult to obtain SOME castings if you are a six footer...like me...lol!

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  • Cheska Hill-Wood

    Actor

    Yes, and it does my head in!

    Why are we being judged on what we look like rather than our talent? And who decides what is 'perfect'?

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Rant over............for now

    • 11th Jan 2008
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    Why is just because some of us are tall (Cheska i think me and yous have had several conversations about this!),5'10! that we are ignored for so many rolls as we are taller than a good amount of male actors!.

    I think this though also goes for the way we speak, men and woman, just because we speak with an RP accent, as soon as we walk into an audition we get either ignored or automatically get noted as the tall posh girl/boy!

    My wet Friday rant is now over!

    phillyx

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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    The size of the average man on TV is, as has been said, quite short! Not taller than 5'8".

    I guess that is because they fit the screen better!! Us over 6' only ever seem to get the 'comedy slot' roles of the 'big guy' who frightens the 'little guy'. How many times have you heard said 'You look taller on TV'.

    It does beg the question asked here.

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  • Lu Capewell

    Actor

    i once got told the perspn were making this piece for thinks your to fat but i think your the pest person we hav seen so its yours.i thought ok thats fine,then got on set an the person who said i was fat spent the day looking down my top?im a size 10 but i have a really big cheat so i do look bigger than i am but how rude im to fat to do his job but im not to fat to be looked at?i dont get it at all

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  • Jonas Daniel Alexander

    Actor

    yeah i'm certainly not buff at all and do feel under pressure quite a bit to be buff and chisled - infuriating but still, that's how it goes i suppose :(

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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    I think it is with Television and film more as the camera does add pounds. I would rather lose weight an look more like me of screen if you know what I mean

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    I feel your pain, LUC - I'm a size 12 (pushing it by industry standards but I'm careering towards my 30s now and I'd hope the CDs are looking for a more 'mature' figure at this stage. I suffer from 'big boobie syndrome' too and it's annoying that they make you look larger than you really are. As a result I've invested in a really good minimising bra and wear it to most auditions where I think 'the ladies' might do me more harm than good!

    I've only recently decided to get back into the acting side of my work and I'm already feeling the pressure to lose weight - not by anyone else, they all seem very pleased, but definitely from me. I'm now suffering after my first visit to the gym in 3 years (dear god, I ache!) and I'm on a diet. Booo! I wish the industry wasn't like this but the sad fact is that if you're size 12 or over it's very hard to get work. Sigh...

    Oh look, cake. Om nom nom!

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  • Lu Capewell

    Actor

    thats the thing i dance as well and go the gym and if i get smaller which i have befor i look ill whats the point?my partner met me when i was smaller but says i look much better now im not fat by any standers except the acting industry,im happy healthy 21 year old i dont smoke and i do have the odd glass of wine but i dont eat fast food.shouldnt they be casting real people the normal size for a woman is a 36 d bra and a siz 16 why do you not see people like that on tv unless ther doing adverts for how to loose waight?i vote we campaign for normal people with talant to get more jobs who is with me?

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  • Cheska Hill-Wood

    Actor

    I would love to think that this industry wanted to promote realism in a lot of the projects listed on here. I hate the thought that we have to enter the competitive freak show of the modelling world, where it seems to be thought that anything above a size 8 is horror itself. I see nothing wrong with all the different shapes and sizes that men and women come in. How boring would it be if we were all clones of one another. Lets bring about the revolution!!! Will stop ranting now,.,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  • Cheska Hill-Wood

    Actor

    hope that post makes sense. It was a ranting stream of consciousness!!

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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    I think also a size 12 on someone who is 5'10" is very different to a size 12 on some one who is 5"1.

    I think it is the weight height ratio that becomes the issue..

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    I'm not sure how I feel about this. It's very true that the camera adds pounds - many times I've seen a normal-looking woman on TV only to see her in real life or on a TV show next to a 'really normal' person to find that they're just skin and bone.

    So... is the industry exclusively for those who are a little underweight? If you want someone to appear size 10 on screen do you have to cast a size 8? Probably, in all honesty. It's all smoke and mirrors anyway.

    I see this as a good opportunity to get fit (actual motivation, rather than obligation, really helps) but I certainly draw the line at becoming painfully thin. I'll never go smaller than a size 10 - my body simply wasn't made for it and there's no way I'm risking my fertility by pushing it to extremes!

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  • Jonas Daniel Alexander

    Actor

    Let's all make ourselves feel better and go have a small treat - cake anyone? lol

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    Waaaayyyy ahead of you. Extremely choclatey mini bite, anyone?

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  • Cheska Hill-Wood

    Actor

    ...am all over a custard tart!

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    Filthy minx... ;)

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  • Cheska Hill-Wood

    Actor

    ahh, this thread is now making me laugh!

    • 11th Jan 2008
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