Three Quick Questions: Lindsay Hollister
Lindsay Hollister is an actor whose work includes appearances on Scrubs and My Name is Earl, but is perhaps best known for her role on the Fox show Boston Public. Lindsay took the time to answer three admittedly semi-loaded questions recently. Quick ones, too.
BFB: What's your feeling on TV and movie roles for fat women that don't portray them in a positive light?
Lindsay: Well, that's a loaded question! I have some very strong opinions on the subject, obviously! For one, it affects me as an actor because I'm constantly torn between wanting to work and not wanting to perpetuate the myth of fat people. That we are lazy, sad, pathetic, etc. kind of people. Second, it affects me as a fat woman who has to watch these programs that portray fat people in a negative light. I am fat but also happen to be a successful, well dressed, outgoing woman who has been in a loving relationship for three years. Somehow, Hollywood fails to put that on screen and instead continues to write stereotypical roles for fat women. It's an injustice to say the least, mostly due to the fact that the majority of Americans are overweight and deserve to see some real representation of their lives on the big (or small) screen.
Why don't we see more genuine fat women out there - versus, say, a thin woman in a fat suit?
They are out there, they just aren't getting cast. And when a role comes along for a "large woman", they tend to cast a size 10. That is considered fat in Hollywood. I also consider it safe.
What challenges have you faced in your career due to your size?
I am definitely bigger than a size 10 and have lost out on several big parts because I've been too fat to play the "fat woman". Don't get me wrong, I am grateful. My career began because of my size (playing an overweight student on Boston Public), and I've been able to play some amazing roles because I am a character actress.
But I've also hit a lot of walls because compared to the average size of an actress in Hollywood (size 0/2), I'm gigantic! It's a double edge sword and I think that networks/producers just don't want to take the chance on me. Like casting me as a love interest for example. Again, they play it safe with an actress who is a size 10 or 12. It's frustrating because I don't understand why they wouldn't want to shake it up a little bit. Make a statement. I think people would watch. And love it!
Thanks again, Lindsay!