'White Lotus' star Jennifer Coolidge almost turned down role because of weight gain

L'attrice 60enne ha ammesso di essere nervosa all'idea di essere davanti alla telecamera dopo aver indossato 30 o 40 lbs. durante la pandemia.

“Non volevo essere così grasso davanti alla telecamera a causa del mio consumo eccessivo durante il COVID,” Coolidge told Pagina sei, “I thought we were all going to die [durante la pandemia], I really did, so I was just eating myself to death. Vegan pizzas, sometimes five or six in a day.

Il “Legalmente bionda” star said she was going to tell White Lotus creator Mike White she was passing on the role but then a friend sent her straight.

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“Lei disse, ‘Jennifer this is all you have! What the f–k?’ She was like, ‘These opportunities don’t come around, you idiot!'” Coolidge recalled.

Coolidge (L) in ‘White Lotus’ with co-star Murray Bartlett (R).

Coolidge (L) in ‘White Lotus’ with co-star Murray Bartlett (R). (HBO)

We all need these friends,” lei disse. “A lot of actors make huge mistakes, I don’t know why, we want a great moment to happen but then when it comes along we somehow talk ourselves out of it, I think that’s very typical of an actor, to screw it up for themselves but I had a great friend that stopped me from doing that.

Coolidge played Tanya McQuoid in the dramedy series about wealthy travelers staying at a luxury resort in Hawaii and the staff that serves them.

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I was always kind of pudgy anyway so what’s another 40 libbre,” Coolidge reasoned. “It’s all in our head. I’m just glad I had a good friend who talked me off the ledge and didn’t blow a really cool gig. If I had watched ‘White Lotus’ and realized I [could have done it] I would have jumped off a bridge.

Jennifer Coolidge almost didn't take her role in the HBO breakout series 'The White Lotus' because of some lockdown weight gain.

Jennifer Coolidge almost didn’t take her role in the HBO breakout series ‘The White Lotusbecause of some lockdown weight gain. (Alexi J. Rosenfeld/WireImage)

Coolidge has a number of new projects in the works includingShotgun Weddingstarring Jennifer Lopez and Legally Blonde 3with Reese Witherspoon.

Someone in the press down there told me that Elle Woods, Reese is coming back as a mother and I haven’t heard that. Maybe these people are ahead of the game or maybe they’re just trying to throw that at me. I haven’t heard anything,” Coolidge told People magazine.

Coolidge has a number of new projects in the works including ‘Shotgun Wedding’ starring Jennifer Lopez and ‘Legally Blonde 3’ with Reese Witherspoon.

Coolidge has a number of new projects in the works including ‘Shotgun Wedding’ starring Jennifer Lopez and ‘Legally Blonde 3’ with Reese Witherspoon. (Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

All I know is Mindy Kaling and her [la scrittura] compagno [Dan Goor] just finished the script maybe, but Reese hasn’t given me any details,” l'attrice aggiunto. “She sends me little DMs and hearts and says, sai, ‘Getting geared up,’ but I haven’t gotten the official, ‘We’re filming in Julyor anything yet.

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