Jordana Brewster Finds Pressure for Her to Lose Weight in the Past Exhausting

As she reflects on the heyday of sexy men's magazines like Maxim and FHM, the 'Fast and Furious' actress expresses her belief that things seem to be improving for women in the industry.

AceShowbiz - Actress Jordana Brewster is still troubled by the times she was asked to lose weight for films, and carried the criticism "for years".

The "Fast and Furious" star recalled the heyday of sexy men's magazines like Maxim and FHM and the pressure put on her and other actresses to look a specific way.

"Ten years ago, I was so concerned about, 'How does my stomach look? How does my butt look?' " she told lifestyle site The Retaility.

"I call it the Maxim era and the FHM era of, 'Yes, you have to be talented, but you also have to be a certain size and not too fat and not too skinny.' There was so much pressure on actresses to look a certain way and that's exhausting and such a waste of energy, because instead of reading or focusing on your character, you're focused on, 'How do I look right now and is it perfect enough?' "

"I used to get notes, 'They're asking you to lose some weight'," she shared. "I would carry that for years because how could you not?"

But Jordana believes things seem to be improving for women.

"When I watch TV, I'm like, 'Wow.' It's so refreshing that the women can wear stuff that's not revealing," she said. "They're not being treated as sex symbols unless that's important to their character. That's awesome and it's reflecting life a little bit more. I think we're going in the right direction."

Jordana now feels so much more confident in her body, and she insists it was her choice to flash her backside while wearing a thong in the new independent film, "The Integrity of Joseph Chambers".

There's a scene that calls for Brewster's character, Tess, to expose her thong while making a point, and while her colleagues thought she would object, she felt it was an important moment for the movie and decided to embrace it.

"I'm going to totally f**king do this because what do I have to lose?" Brewster shrugged. "Beforehand I went shopping for cute thongs. And I did it... They were all like, 'Jordana! What are you doing?!' They had no idea it was coming."

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