"I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that. And I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that's wrong, you're full of self-loathing and then you punish yourself — whether it's one cookie or a stick of gum that isn't sugarless — that I would sometimes beat myself up for that."
"I'm dieting right now, because I gained, like, 25 pounds. I really don't feel bad about it, not even for a second. I have to be on such a strict diet constantly. It's hard because it's quite a vigorous show, so I tend to bulk up, get muscular, and I really don't like that. So I'm trying to find a new balance."
"Since I am not model-skinny, but also not superfat and fabulously owning my hugeness, I fall into that nebulous 'Normal American Woman Size' that legions of fashion stylists detest. For the record, I'm a size eight (this week, anyway). Many stylists hate that size because, I think, to them, I lack the self-discipline to be an aesthetic or the sassy confidence to be a total fatty hedonist. They're like, 'Pick a lane.'"
"I think people don't understand why I haven't lost a bunch of weight right now, because 'all women in the media should lose a bunch of weight if they want to go on television to talk about anything.' I don't really need people in politics or people [who are] a little bit older to understand or like me, because there's enough college students out there that seem to like me and that's all I really care about."
"I sincerely believe that that's more beautiful than someone who is poker-thin. I really do. I would love to have boobs to go with my hips, but I don't. That's just not the way the cookie crumbled."
"I resent that there is an image of perfection that is getting thinner and thinner. I hope that in some small way I'm able to say, 'I'm a normal person; I'm doing all right. I've got a lovely husband and children, and I didn't lose weight to find those things, and those things are what should be important.'"
"I wanted to starve away my sexuality. I wanted to disappear. I didn't want to be attractive. Once I realized that starving would lead to sickness and possibly even death, I thought I could disappear just as easily being overweight as underweight."
"For the most part, yeah, I'm happy with my body, but there are days when I'm like, 'Ugh! Really? Why is it so hard to fit into my jeans?' That's when I say to myself, 'I look this way because I'm supposed to.' If we all looked the same, we'd be boring."
"From an aesthetic standpoint, I battle with [body image]. It's an ongoing challenge for me that I don't think my body looks how I want it to. If I could wave a magic wand, I would be a size six and still be able to eat cake every day."
"Sometimes I, like anybody, wake up in the morning and go, 'F*ck. Really? This is the starting point?' Haven't you ever picked up a picture of yourself from, like, five years ago, and you look at yourself and you just go, 'And I had no appreciation for how lovely I looked, how fit and healthy I looked.' So now I say, 'Now listen. Ten years from now, you're really going to think you should have appreciated yourself more.'"
"I feel like I didn't have any relationship with my body before Matilda. Well I did, but it was just a bad one. After having my daughter, I can't judge myself in the same way. My body has done this totally miraculous but utterly ordinary thing."
"I look good — really fit. Who cares if there are lumps on my thighs? I'm guilty of having human legs made up of fat, muscle, and skin, and sometimes when you sit, they get bumpy!"
"We as females are like the most beautiful, beautiful, gorgeous creatures in the whole world. And I think that we are gorgeous no matter what size we are. In fact, I personally think that we are even more beautiful when we are a bit thicker and bigger and more robust."
"I appreciate when there are other women out there who are beautiful and aren't, you know, a pound. I feel lucky that I don't feel pressure . . . to have my whole life be controlled by whether I fit into a certain size."
"Whatever size [women] are, I want them to be inspired that a girl who they thought shouldn't wear a bikini before is wearing one and looks great and healthy."
"I think it was definitely a control thing. Some people just don't want to feel the emotions that they have. I think a lot of it is just me numbing myself out so I didn't have to deal with certain problems or trauma. . . . I was going through puberty, I was changing, and I didn't like the fact that I was gaining weight or curves that I didn't understand! It's difficult for girls with eating disorders around that time because your body is changing into a woman, basically."
"I really better love myself and I really better know that I am as beautiful as anyone else. I had to do that for myself; otherwise, I would have drowned in a sea of negativity, and I would have drowned in a sea of other people's opinions."
"I was 23 when I realized that I wasn't Venus. . . . Since I don't look like every other girl, it takes a while to be OK with that. To be different. But different is good."
"I feel sexy and I feel like a woman and I feel happy, and I don't feel like I'm constantly depriving myself or beating myself up, and I still feel beautiful. But at the same time I'm a woman, and do I want to lose 10 pounds? Absolutely, like everyone does. So I can't say I've mastered that."
"Consequently, I choose to address [the media's scrutiny of my weight] because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic, and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle. The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about."
"I find peace when I don't see my body as my enemy, when I step back and have appreciation and look at all that my body has done for me. It's allowed me to give birth to three beautiful children, allowed me to explore different roles as an actor, allowed me to be strong. You can't look at yourself in the mirror and tear your body apart. You have to look at it and go, 'Thank you. Thank you for standing by me, for being there for me no matter what I have put you through.'"
"It affected me when people were saying about me and some other artists that we were the 'thicker' ones. I'd be a liar if I said I was always fine with it. But I'm wise enough by now to know that you're never going to please everyone, so you may as well stop trying."
"Another part [of doing nude scenes] feels like, not 'f*ck you,' but a way of saying, with these bodies, you know, don't silence them. I say I'm not a political person, but it's a political statement in a way. I know it's going to gross some people out. There's people who don't want to see bodies like mine or bodies like their own bodies."