Amber Tamblyn Opens Up About Being Instructed to Lose Weight

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Just after Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 was released, the actress behind the role of Tibby fell victim to the world of Hollywood body-shaming.

In the wake of her debut novel, Any Man, Tamblyn sat down with New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor on Tuesday, June 26th, to talk about the #MeToo movement and the inspiration behind her new book.

The Golden Globe nominee recalled a time, following the success of the sequel to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, when a Warner Bros. executive told her agent that she would be a star if she lost weight. “I think at that point I was 128 pounds and I’m 5-7. I remember my agent saying to me and she was a woman, ‘You have a real choice here. You can either be Nicole Kidman or you can be a character actress,” Tamblyn shared.

As a young woman who had already been in the spotlight for years, this experience–amongst other similar ones–felt violating and affected her confidence. She added, “At that time, I was like 21 years old, so if you look at that and use that as an example and imagine that for over two decades, forms of that from when you’re a child to all the way up, it does something to you.”