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Amber Riley breaks down in tears as she opens up about body image.

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Glee star Amber Riley, who plays the confident Mercedes on the Fox hit, broke down in tears as she admitted her struggles with her body image as a Hollywood actress.

In an honest and moving interview for the MTV series This Is How I Made It, the actress, who is currently making her Broadway debut in Cotton Club Parade revealed how the pressure to be thin has taken its toll.

The 26-year-old, size 16, actress said: 'Hollywood is a very hard place to be in. It really is. Being the person I am, you know, the size I am, being a woman, being a black woman, there's not a lot of roles for us.

'After I did St Sass, I kept on auditioning. I was being offered the girl who sits in the corner and eats all day, the girl who committed suicide because she was fat,' she continued.


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roguezombie 20th-Nov-2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
What does everyone think about Luna/Lara bars? I've bought a few to snack on at work and I cannot decide if they were worth it. I know they are not as good as whole food, but I kind of love the chocolate chip cookie dough Luna protein bar.
roguezombie 20th-Nov-2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Now I'm laughing because I post this while I'm laying on my bed with chocolate wrappers littered around me. Whatever. I'm an adult.
mintcar 21st-Nov-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
This comment made me lol. I personally love the Luna bar chocolate coconut, and the Luna bar caramel fudge brownie. I just can't buy tons of them because I have no self control haha. The protein bars they make are pretty good as well. As for Lara bars, I like the cherry pie one and the cookie dough one, although the cookie dough one has a lot of calories for the size of the bar. Lara bars impress me because they're all only sweetened with dates yet they taste pretty close to what they say they will. Sorry for the epic novel on bars!
myxwill 20th-Nov-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
I like the smore ones! They would be good for a treat.
bananasnrum 21st-Nov-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
I eat them instead of candy bars. Luna aramel brownie, No more than 3 a week in my desk at work. Or i get the mocha chip Balance bar. mmm.

Edited at 2012-11-21 12:19 am (UTC)
muzicnem 21st-Nov-2012 01:43 am (UTC)
I used to eat the regular Luna bars all the time but then got kinda burnt out on them. They're good though. My mom eats the protein bars all the time but ngl, I'm not as much of a fan of those. They're handy though to take with you if you're starving and need a quick pickup.
so_chic_doll 20th-Nov-2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
I love her. She's such a great talent and I hope she goes onto better things.

Her singing "Home" gives me life

oh7 21st-Nov-2012 02:51 am (UTC)
Damn.
lillie_poo_pod 21st-Nov-2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Still my favorite live performance of hers. I was upset that she didn't sing it in the episode.
so_chic_doll 21st-Nov-2012 05:12 am (UTC)
me too.

i love cheno's version-- but damn, i'd really love a professional recording of amber's too.
pon_pon_pink 20th-Nov-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
i've been gaining so much weight (like 15kg) since i started studying 3 years ago. i was never super skinny but was happy the way i looked. but now idk, i want to lose weight but i don't have the money to go work out at the fitness center and i kind of haven't found some good exercises to do at home. i started workiing a part time job at an restaurant now and it's more walking around and doing stuff than expected so i hope i'll lose some weight, at least what i gained in the last years D:
ninjacandy 20th-Nov-2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
if you can, do try walking more (find a friend to go on evening walks with you)! i went on evening walks with my best friend every day for three months and the results (coupled with a healthy diet) are phenomenal.
shahoney 20th-Nov-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Remember when Samcedes happened and all the Fabrevans shippers could talk about is how "fat and ugly" Amber is. Glee is like the most fucked up fandom I'd ever been in. I'm so glad I quit right after Season 2.
so_chic_doll 20th-Nov-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Samcedes was probably one of my fav. Glee couples, even though it didn't last very long. haha. I thought Mercedes and Sam were so cute together.
wowthatisminty 21st-Nov-2012 12:50 am (UTC)
I adored them. They're second only to Artina in my list of favorite Glee couples.
oh7 21st-Nov-2012 03:01 am (UTC)
I was a little surprised the Glee writers never did anything with the Finn and Mercedes characters hanging out because I noticed in earlier interviews from the beginning of the series that they had some chemistry.
lillie_poo_pod 21st-Nov-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
I loved them, but the writers eventually screwed them up like every other couple.

gabzillaz 21st-Nov-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Aaaw :(
jjro 21st-Nov-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
It's really sad that she had to go through that. She's so pretty and her red carpet style is always on point.
muzicnem 21st-Nov-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Hollywood needs a fucking lesson in genetics and body types. Not everyone is meant to be a size 0. Some people would look downright emaciated even as a size 4 or 6, lbr.
meow_tan 21st-Nov-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I wish I found more healthy foods tasty

I just can't eat vegetables I've tried and the taste and texture makes me hurl. I'd rather be chunky and eating foods I like than forcing myself to eat a salad to be thin
ivysaur 21st-Nov-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
There are some veggies I wouldn't normally eat that taste good if prepared in a certain way, so you might try experiment with different ways of preparing them? I find that making them spicy or just really savory helps, but that's just my taste.

That said, if it's you in your icon, you look great as it is.
meow_tan 22nd-Nov-2012 05:07 am (UTC)
It's the texture that sketches me out the most but maybe if made spicy I'd like them, I love spicy foods.

Yes it is me, thank you bb! Though its taken at an attractive angle + I had a mega corset on. I'm carrying my weight a lot in my arms, and on my stomach and sides, it makes buying clothes weird :(
lordfoldemort 21st-Nov-2012 02:30 am (UTC)
I love Amber. She's such a sweet, genuine, beautiful person.
Mercedes is a horrible character though, yuck
lillie_poo_pod 21st-Nov-2012 04:58 am (UTC)
♥ ♥ I recently watched her full "How I Made It" interview and teared a few times.

I'm looking forward to her album. I hope she does big things after Glee.
prophecypro 21st-Nov-2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Its all good girl, you get you a salad and hit the gym and you'll be sktrait!
courtkneee1 21st-Nov-2012 05:38 am (UTC)
sometimes i just pass by a mirror at home and I'm like damn gurl u look good but then i'm outside and pass by a window and i'm shocked lol /csb

people with bad body image make me sad though :(
lovetake_over 21st-Nov-2012 10:35 am (UTC)
i have a serious problem with the way i view myself, it's exhausting. at one point a few years ago i refused to leave my house for 6 months because i was disgusted with my appearance. (weight and skin problems.)

i find a flaw, i dwell on it, and eventually learn to deal with it. but right when i learn to deal with one flaw, i find another. it's just a vicious cycle and i'm always so exhausted mentally.

i'm sure some of my problems are due to things people close to me had said to me growing up. my best friend always use to comment on how bad my skin looked and how she would kill herself if she had skin like mine. my grandmother always comments on my weight. i remember one specific time when the whole family was out for dinner she embarrassed me in front of everyone. i went to grab a piece of bread and she smacked it out of my hand and said "you don't need any bread, you're fat enough." idk people don't realize little comments like that really fuck with a person in the long run.

not being okay with yourself and your appearance is torture :/
itspokerface 21st-Nov-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
:(((( I identify myself with this comment sfm. Hugs bb <3
lovetake_over 22nd-Nov-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
<33
mjspice 21st-Nov-2012 11:29 am (UTC)
I was being offered the girl who sits in the corner and eats all day, the girl who committed suicide because she was fat

God Damn! Poor Girl!

Honestly speaking, she's the heart of Glee & will always remain my fave character on the show.
francesbcobain 21st-Nov-2012 11:46 am (UTC)
I gained a bunch of weight recently (ty coe ugh) and I want to kms.
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