I saw this news blurb on the Internet Movie Database the other day:
Patricia Arquette was outraged when she was asked to lose her baby weight for her role as psychic detective Allison Dubois in TV series Medium – because the character is a mother of three. The True Romance star, sister of David Arquette and Rosanna Arquette, refused to slim for the motherly role, insisting the request simply didn’t make sense. She says, “When I started Medium I’d gained a stone and a half from having my daughter Harlow. The producer said, ‘Honey, you’ve got to lose some weight.’ I felt like saying, ‘I don’t want to do this job then,’ because, to be honest with you, I’m trying to make little changes in the world. If it made any sense for this part – if this part was a supermodel or anorexic – then okay. But DuBois is a mother of three in a long-term marriage. It doesn’t make sense.”
I’ve never been a fan of Patricia Arquette’s acting (nothing personal, just don’t like her style), but reading this article made me like her a lot as a person, which is probably better. It’d be nice to see more actresses who have pull in Hollywood take this stance. Younger actresses who haven’t made their names yet aren’t really in a position to say, “No, I won’t lose weight” since there are dozens of thinner, wannabe starlets lined up to take their place. Plus, she’s right. A mother of three wouldn’t typically be the thinnest woman on the block. Though, I have seen some clips of her TV show and the woman is hardly fat. But I got to cheer for the small victories. Go, Patricia!