Debra Messing is a national treasure. She brought Grace Adler into our lives and has been loud and proud throughout the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Messing famously confronted E! News about its pay inequality at the 2018 Golden Globes, and she’s continued to be vocal and transparent about inequities she’s faced and seen during her life in Hollywood, including the time she was forced to wear “fake boobs.”
In an interview with Sharon Stone for Variety‘s Actors on Actors series, Messing got real about Hollywood’s narrow and oppressive beauty standards, and how a network president demanded that she increase her bustline.
Messing said the breast cutlets made her “look stupid,” and she told producers she wouldn’t wear them. Unfortunately, they didn’t respect her wishes.
Everyone is free to embrace their chest as it is or plump it up with cutlets, but Messing was given no choice in the matter, was told that her career depended on changing her appearance, and was made to feel powerless over her own body.
Listen, we’re not going to call out or shame a specific production, but Messing’s IMDb page is here, and you can browse and guess which “first sitcom” she’s referring to.
Keep on talking, everyone. The more stories like these are told, the harder it will be for Hollywood — or any industry — to keep its discriminatory behavior hidden.