The Unwritten Weight Rules for Hollywood Actresses

Tinseltown dictates who can be skinny, who can be plus.

Back in the Season 2 opener of 30 Rock, viewers saw that Jenna Maroney had packed on a few pounds during hiatus from The Girlie Show, thereby jeopardizing her role on MILF Island. (Teaser: 25 super hot moms, 50 eighth grade boys, no rules.) In response, her acerbic boss, Jack Donaghy, comments, “She needs to lose 30 pounds or gain 60. Anything in between has no place in Hollywood.”

He’s absolutely correct--on the weight-gain observation, at least: When it comes to women’s weight in Hollywood, it’s an all-or-nothing situation. You either look like Calista Flockhart in Ally McBeal and your weight is never mentioned, or you look like Nikki Blonsky (see photo above) in HUGE -- a show on ABC Family about life at a weight-loss camp, which premiered this week -- and your weight is the focus of the show.  Ninety-nine percent of TV shows feature slim actresses (too many to count), and the remaining minority are weight-centric plots or reality shows based on massive weight loss: Drop Dead Diva, Ruby, Mo'Nique's Fat Chance, Dance Your A*s Off, The Biggest Loser, More To Love. There simply is no in between. 


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