The Most Unlikely Hunger Games Star was Body-Shamed Into Losing Weight

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When you think of body-shaming in Hollywood, we’re sure that your mind almost automatically flips to female celebrities. Jennifer Lawrence revealed in a 2013 interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, “Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that.” And, trust us, she’s far from the only star to say such a thing.

But, what you may not realize is that women aren’t the only ones receiving such awful criticism in the industry — men totally do as well. Unfortunately, one of Jen’s hot co-stars from The Hunger Games had to learn that the hard way.

Sam Claflin, who played Finnick Odair for three out of the four THG flicks (the first one being the sequel, Catching Fire), recently admitted to being the victim of body-shaming on multiple occasions. “I remember doing one job when they literally made me pull my shirt up and were grabbing my fat and going, ‘You need to lose a bit of weight,'” he told The Sydney Morning Herald. “This other time they were slapping me. I felt like a piece of meat.”

Though he doesn’t mention the aforementioned YA franchise by name, considering the 30-year-old British actor’s character (in the books) is described as extremely handsome, tall, athletic and chiseled, with tanned skin, bronze hair and especially stunning sea-green eyes, we’re guessing that staying in shape was definitely on the menu for those particular projects.

“I read in an interview recently and I think it’s absolutely true: men have it just as bad,” he continued. “Well, not just as bad but they get it bad and it’s never talked about.”

“I’m not saying it’s anywhere near as bad as what women go through,” he corrected, “but I, as an actor approaching each job, am insecure — especially when I have to take my top off in it — and so nervous. I get really worked up to the point where I spend hours and hours in the gym and not eating for weeks to achieve what I think they’re going for.”

Wow, we never would’ve expected that. Why would we? His characters come off as confident AF!

“In the ’50s and ’60s, it was never an issue,” he said. “James Bond never had a six pack. He had a hairy chest. Marlon Brando‚Äč in A Streetcar Named Desire had an incredible body, but he was by no means ripped to within an inch of his life. There’s a filter on society that this is normal, but actually it’s anything but normal.”
Jennifer Lawrence, plus more gorgeous stars who were told they’re too fat for fame:

Jennifer Lawrence

Jen's breakout role was as a near-starving teenager, and, because she's got the body of an actual, non-food deprived young adult, she was on the receiving end of a lot of "not skinny enough" comments. She even had the horrible experience of having someone show her near-nude photos of herself, tell her that she'd be fired if she didn't lose weight and suggest that she use the photos as diet motivation.

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Demi Lovato

Growing up underneath the glare of the Hollywood spotlight can prove to present lots of difficulties for a young girl, and body image issues is in one of the top spots.

In fact, for a while there, Demi used her fame to speak about her recovery from her mental and body image issues, which partially stemmed from Hollywood's constant pressure on her to be thin.

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Kate Upton

Kate, who's got a fuller figure than your average "straight" model hasn't been given a break, when it comes to people making snide remarks about her body. It's as if to say, "How DARE she be a bikini model, when she doesn't have a bikini body?!" Newsflash: every body is a bikini body if you put it inside of one.

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Khloe Kardashian

Being a part of the band of sisters that comes with being a Kardashian-Jenner brings along its fair share of body-shaming. Or, you know, all type of shaming. But it's even more extreme for Khloe, who happens to be taller and a bit thicker than her sisters.

But, as for the critics, Khloe knows that "no matter what shape, size, color, whatever...haters gonna hate!"


Rebel Wilson

It's such a shame that, even though Rebel has proven herself to be quite funny, so many people continue to harp on the numbers on her scale. Although, we've got to say that it's even more unfortunate that Rebel can't seem to let the Fat Jokes go for more than a few minutes, herself, sometimes.

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Chrissy Teigen

Early on in her modeling career, Chrissy recalls a certain Forever 21 firing her on the spot because she was apparently "too fat" and needed to return to her agency "get her measurements taken". We can only imagine how mortifying and scarring that is to experience, so she's got good reason to dislike the brand.

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Ireland Baldwin

If there's pressure on young models to be thin, imagine the pressure that Ireland felt, as, not only a burgeoning model in her own right, but the daughter of Kim Basinger!

Ireland took to her Tumblr to blast the gossips, telling them that calling such a young girl fat is cruel and, especially, that she's been gifted with a different, but equally great, body than her mom.

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Gabourey Sidibe

Gabby has been fielding biting commentary on her figure, beginning with her role in Precious and never actually seeming to come to an end.

However, we wish that we had her around every time that someone said something mean about us. Because there's no way that we could come up with a response as flawless as the one that she tweeted following a particularly harsh backlash against her Golden Globes red carpet photos last year: "To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK"

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Despite her being a powerhouse of a singer, Adele has suffered from criticism from people like Karl Lagerfeld and Joan Rivers about her weight. We guess it's a good thing she's got a can-do (see: eff you) attitude and knows that she's here to "make music for the ears, not the eyes"!

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Kelly Osbourne

Kelly made headlines all over when she famously slimmed down a few years back. But what REALLY should've been catching everyone's attention was how, according to Kelly, people used to call her "a big, fat whore." OMG!

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America Ferrera

America felt the need to let the world know that she isn't down to skip meals in order to fit some warped beauty standard, because, according to her, "starving yourself is not beautiful." She embraces the fact that she's curvy (her words!), so we wish everyone else would, too.

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Mindy Kaling

Mindy recently joked that people are often so surprised that she could dare to be "so fat" and still be so confident. It's funny, but it really sucks when you realize that this is her actual day-to-day and that people are idiots.

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Melissa McCarthy

A film critic once referred to Melissa as a "female hippo," no doubt out of a place of cruelty. Melissa says, though, that while it crushed her (and why wouldn't it?), it also gave her a good, hearty laugh with her family afterward.

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  • MaleSlut

    Well to be fair some of them do need to lose weight for the sake of their health.