Nicola Coughlan SLAMS troll who referred to her as the ‘fat girl’ from Bridgerton; Says ‘I have a name’
Bridgerton alum Nicola Coughlan recently clapped back at trolls who made suggestive comments about her body. The Bridgerton actress called out a podcast host after they called her a “fat girl” after seeing her all dressed up for the virtual 2021 Golden Globes ceremony over the weekend. Podcaster Amanda Richards referenced Nicola as the “fat girl from Bridgerton” while addressing her style and gown she chose to wear.
Nicola promptly called back, saying “I have a name.” After her reply to Amanda, Nicola brought up an essay she had written for The Guardian over two years ago. “Can we judge actors for their work and not their bodies,” she wrote, adding, “Also can we please stop asking women about their weight in interviews, especially when it completely irrelevant. I’m seeing a lot of interviews from 10 years ago where people go ‘Oh weren’t the questions so inappropriate!’ unfortunately it’s still happening.”
Coughlan continued: “Every time I’m asked about my body in an interview it makes me deeply uncomfortable and so sad I’m not just allowed to just talk about the job I do that I so love. It’s so reductive to women when we’re making great strides for diversity in the arts, but questions like that just pull us backwards. Also, and I mean this in the nicest way ah possible, I’m not a body positivity activist, I’m an actor I would lose or gain weight if an important role requirement. My body is the tool I use to tell stories, not what I define myself by.” She added: “So yeah, it’s 2021 it would be nice if we didn’t have to keep having this conversation. It would really love to never be asked about it in an interview again, also I have so many other things I love to talk about, I’m Irish so I can talk till the cows come home.”