Jessie Cave has spoken out about the pressure to have the "perfect body" while playing Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter movies.
Jessie is most recognizable for her role in Harry Potter: The Half-Blood Prince, after beating over 7,000 people in the open audition for the role.
In an interview with The Independent, Jessie said: "I gained a lot of weight after doing Harry Potter, just because I wasn't starving myself and I was growing up and that's just what happens."
However, when Jessie came back for the Deathly Hallows movies, she said: "I was treated like a different species. It was horrible."
"It was probably more me and my insecurity, knowing that I wasn't fitting into the same size jeans, but it wasn't a time where actresses were any bigger than a size 8 (US size 4)," she continued. "In the previous film, I had been [that size], and now I was a size twelve (US size 8). So, that was horrible. It was a really uncomfortable experience."
Jessie's body insecurities led to her experiencing a toxic work life: "I definitely felt invisible when I gained a little bit of weight. And since then, it's made me have weird issues with weight and work — and it's so fucked up, but it's just how it is. Women have to deal with that all the time."
The constant rejection and unobtainable body image standards impacted Jessie's career. She continued: "It's the most toxic relationship, acting, Unless you're doing well, you're only being rejected. It's like going on a million first dates, and them going brilliantly, and then you never hear from them again. It's like getting ghosted a thousand times a year and it kind of sends you crazy. I definitely went crazy in my early twenties, thinking, 'But they said they liked me and that I was perfect for it?' But then you realize there are 100 other girls who are as good as you if not better, maybe prettier, maybe thinner, and they're perfect for it."
However, Jessie says this path led to her becoming a successful comedian and writer: "If I'd stayed thin – unnaturally thin, unhappily thin – I would have probably got more acting roles, and then I wouldn't have started writing. And then I don't know who I would be now because writing is who I am. I'm almost grateful that I gained all that weight."
The rejection gave her tools to help carve her future career: "I'm somebody who makes things and really puts myself out there, even though I'm not the most talented person," she says. "I wanted to show Bebe [her sister, who is also an actor] that you just have to be brave sometimes and put your work out there."
Well, we think Jessie looks incredible regardless and she's clearly doing so well in both her career and personal life. You keep doing you, girl!