“I might by no means had anyone care that a lot.”
The New Zealand-born actor, who acquired her begin in Hollywood on the age of 17 in Heavenly Creatures, mentioned she was continuously reminded to be “skinny, assured, and fairly.” Melanie mirrored on how these strict magnificence requirements fueled her consuming dysfunction.
“I met a boyfriend, Andrew Howard, who helped me a lot with my consuming dysfunction on the set of The Cherry Orchard,” Melanie advised Vulture.
“The closest factor I’ve needed to an intervention was once I was dwelling with him, and he acquired actually intense about my consuming points.”
“He tried to cease me from monitoring my very own consuming and talked to me about how skinny I used to be. After all, in my thoughts, I believed he was nuts.”
Melanie went on to disclose that she “by no means had anybody care that a lot” — she by no means had anybody admit that what she was doing was not solely hurting her, however the individuals who care about her.
“It modified my life,” she added. “I ended throwing up, principally. It took some time. However that was a giant one. I had, for a really very long time, been on this food regimen that was principally 800 energy a day, and if I ate something over 800 energy, I might throw up.”
“I used to be by no means bingey. Typically, I might be ravenous, and I might have one other teacup of Particular Ok. Then, I might be like, ‘Nicely, now I gotta throw it up.'”
She additionally admitted that earlier than assembly Andrew, she confided in different pals who have been coping with consuming problems. As a substitute of providing one another assist, they winded up “swapping suggestions.”
Melanie’s mom was “anorexic for lots of my rising up,” which made it troublesome to get via her personal issues with meals — an issue that started on the age of 12, which is across the similar time she turned “obsessed” with having a thigh hole.
Whereas Melanie nonetheless receives unsolicited feedback and ideas about her weight from “followers” and folks within the business in the present day, she’s realized methods to shut down the detrimental noise.
And identical to her ex did, Melanie is backed by her supportive man — her husband and fellow actor, Jason Ritter.