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Melanie Lynskey Says She Was 'Starving Herself,' Body Shamed on the 'Coyote Ugly' Set

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Melanie Lynskey's memories from the set of aren't all fond ones. While working on the film, which was released 22 years ago this week, Lynskey says she was body shamed. «All the girls had this regimen they had to go on.

It was ridiculous,» she tells  «I was already starving myself and as thin as I could possibly be for this body, and I was still a [size] four.»The 2000 film follows a young songwriter, played by Piper Perabo, who takes a job at a trendy New York City bar where the all-female bar staff's main job is to tantalize customers.

Lynskey played Perabo's best friend from her hometown in New Jersey. «There were already people putting a lot of Spanx on me in wardrobe fittings and being very disappointed when they saw me, the costume designer [at the time] being like, 'Nobody told me there would be girls like you,'» Lynskey tells . «In your early 20s, so much of it is about beauty, and how people respond to you, and do people want to f--- you?

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