Stranger Things’ Shannon Purser on Dealing with “Big Actors”

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Shannon Purser – best known for playing Barb Holland in stranger things and by Riverdale Ethel Muggs – discussed how “big actors” are treated in Hollywood, especially when it comes to casting.

Taking to Twitter, the 25-year-old said: “They don’t hire big actors for big iconic characters because they want a big star.”

She continued, “There are almost no big name stars because big actors are not allowed to move up. We are not allowed to move up because the industry sees us as two-dimensional sets.”

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Although not directly related, his comments came just days after the first trailer for the remake of Matilda – in which Emma Thompson wears a big suit for her role as Miss Trunchbull – came out, once again reigniting the topic of conversation about the use of big suits in film and television.

“The new adaptation of Matilda looks fun, but did we have to put Emma Thompson in a big costume with facial prostheses,” one person said. tweeted. “I’m sure there are thousands of talented actresses who could play Miss Trunchbull who really match the body type of the role.”

“I can’t believe anyone would put a skinny person in that costume for Matilda the Musical. The original was fat enough phobic, but now they’ve put Emma Thompson in a fat costume,” said said another person. added.

A third person wrote, “I’m a fat actress, and it’s next to impossible for fat actresses to get work. As I sit here typing this, I’m not even sure I can afford my rent this month Anyway, here’s Emma Thompson in a big suit…”

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Last year, Renee Zellweger was criticized for wearing a big suit to play Pam Hupp in The thing about Pam. Body confidence content creator and curve model Jess Megan called her use of a fat suit “another dark message to talented fat actresses that despite having the lived experience of existing in a body like that, a slim actress would always somehow play the part better.”

Unfortunately, seeing thin-bodied actors wear chunky suits for their roles is nothing new – Sarah Paulson has come under scrutiny for wearing a chunky suit to play Linda Tripp in American Crime Story: Impeachment , Gwyneth Paltrow wore one for her starring role as Rosemary in 2001 Shallow hallwhile Courteney Cox did the same for “Fat Monica” flashbacks in Friends. But, maybe as more people speak out against the use of thick wetsuits, the tide could very well turn and we might finally see the last of them.

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