The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil was told she was ‘too old, ethnic and fat’ to break America
The Good Place‘s Jameel Jamil has revealed she was “actively discouraged” from pursuing an acting career in the U.S.
The former BBC Radio 1 presenter decided to pack her bags and move to Tinseltown when she was 29-years-old, even though she was discouraged by many people in England.
“I was literally starting again and I was actively discouraged by everyone in England,” she told BBC Radio 5 live’s Anna Foster.
“Everyone said I was being mad, throwing away an eight-year career, and that I was too old – I was only 29 – too ethnic, and too fat to come over to Los Angeles.”
She continued: “I didn’t even have time to get an acting coach, so I basically had to learn how to act from Ted Danson.
“I’m a fast learner and I have an amazing group of people around me. I’m not De Niro, but I’m getting there.”
Jameela hits headlines last week after pulling Kim Kardashian up on an irresponsible Instagram post. The post in question saw the star sucking on an appetite suppressant lollipop and offering her followers a discount on the dietary product.
Taking to Twitter, Jameela – who campaigns around body positivity – wrote: “No. F**k off. No. You terrible and toxic influence on young girls. I admire their mother’s branding capabilities, she is an exploitative but innovative genius, however this family makes me feel actual despair over what women are reduced to. ☹️”
She continued: “MAYBE don’t take appetite suppressors and eat enough to fuel your BRAIN and work hard and be successful. And to play with your kids. And to have fun with your friends. And to have something to say about your life at the end, other than “I had a flat stomach”.”
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