Cougar Town Star Wants Women To Stop Beating Up On Themselves

Busy Phillips

We are a society and an age obsessed with celebrities and follow their actions ritualistically. So what happens when that person we put up on their virtual pedestal doesn’t hold up to their ideals? It’s then we realize they are human, flawed and unique just the way the rest of us are.

Cougar Town actress Busy Philips recently sat down with Amanda DeCadanet, host and creator of one of our fave series ‘The Conversation‘ on Lifetime and didn’t hold much back!

She spoke honestly about how Hollywood and the media influences women’s bodies and the way we view ourselves, and it’s not always good according to the actress. Their conversation included the treatment of pregnant women in the media, her personal struggles with body image, and being asked to lose weight for her career.

Philips, who is best known for her roles in Dawsons Creek, Cougar Town and the movie White Chicks is just about to have her second baby, a girl, with screenwriter husband Marc Silverstein. She told Amanda “A part of me would die inside if I ever heard my little talk about her body in a mean way.”

When she was 24, she won the lead role in a pilot but was asked to lose weight for the part. She said this did crush her at the time, but it didn’t deter her. But the lack of real women’s bodies on television even today does make it hard for audiences to relate. However this is slowly changing.

“I feel like it’s the last frontier … the weight thing with women. I think that so many women, like even myself call ourselves a feminist etc, but then I’m so mean to myself about my body sometimes, or I can be judgmental of other people for their bodies … I don’t know how to get over it.”

Even host Amanda agreed with Philips’ comments saying “I feel very upset that people are applauded for losing their baby weight right away!” Phillips says “I think it’s disgusting, it sends such a terrible message.”

She also adds that our society’s obsession with celebrities and their baby bodies is unhealthy and unkind. To ourselves! So what is the best advice she shares with Amanda? Be true to yourself. She actually quoted Shakespeare as something she tries to live by “To thine own self be true”.

Let’s stop being mean to ourselves about our bodies, and celebrate them instead. Stay true to yourselves and don’t get sucked into all the unhealthy negative messages the media puts out about women. Don’t let them dictate how you should feel about yourself.


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