AceShowbiz - Beanie Feldstein had her fair share of unpleasant experiences of being overweight. In a new interview, the Molly depicter in "Booksmart" divulged that she used to get "a lot of pressure from society" due to her chubbiness.
The 28-year-old shared her story when sitting down with Vogue. "It was clear to me that I was chubby and that I was bigger, and for a long time, because I was a kid, I would do what the adults were telling me to do, which is to try to not be that way," she first explained.
Noting that she took diet programs from Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers from 11 to 13 years old, Beanie admitted, "I think I felt a lot of pressure from society, from my family, from my community." She added, "Then around 16 or 17, I just thought, 'I'm fine. There's nothing wrong with me.' One day I realized, 'I'm not the problem. This standard is the problem.' "
The "Lady Bird" actress, who is currently starring as Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of "Funny Girl", also talked about body expectations in musical theater. "I have friends who used to have to 'weigh in' for their musical-theater programs. That should be illegal," she pointed out.
Beanie previously got candid about her weight loss struggle in an essay for Refinery29, which was published in 2017. "My family, doctors, and society at large were constantly telling me that I was too heavy, that I needed to exercise more, that I should be smaller," she elaborated.
"I was pushed into trying Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig… and I absolutely hated it. It affected me deeply," she further explained. "I despised trying to lose weight and I resented everyone that made me feel like I had to."
However, as she grew up, Beanie became "genuinely comfortable with my unwavering chubbiness." She added, "I realized that once I stopped trying to get closer to what our society deems ideal, I felt free... I was so far from the norm that I felt no pressure to get anywhere close to it."