Emily Atack has opened up on the criticism she’s faced in her career, from being typecast following her role in The Inbetweeners, to the backlash she encounters for simply being honest about having a sex life.
Hear that? That’s the sound of a million pearls being clutched around the country.
The star may have earned herself a stellar career that only continues to rise, having aced her time in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, to joining Celebrity Juice as team caption this year, and launching her own series, The Emily Atack Show.
But asked whether she’d encountered discrimination in her career, Emily candidly spoke about being typecast after her stint as Charlotte in The Inbetweeners.
She told Marie Claire: ‘There were definitely moments in my career where I noticed I was being type cast. After I got my break playing pin-up girl Charlotte in The Inbetweeners, the work that was coming in off the back of that show all felt very one dimensional. I know people look at me and put me in a box.
‘If you’ve posed in lads’ mags in your pants, you get pigeon-holed, ALOT. But I know I am a good person, I’m not a dick. I want to assure all young girls out there that you can still have blonde hair, fake tan and big boobs to have a dream and still be taken seriously.’
Emily went on: ‘It’s still very hard of course, and I still receive negative criticism because I am a woman who talks openly about sex, and one night stands and getting drunk.
‘Just because we are women, it doesn’t make us disgusting or dirty slags, it’s a part of everyday life. But men do it and have done for years, but yet they get given a gold star.’
Recently the comedian opened up about being on the receiving end of unsolicited X-rated DMs, previously admitting she ‘questioned everything’ about herself and wondered whether she needed to put ‘a different version’ of herself out there to deter the comments.
Drawn on the effect her move had on others now, even though she continued to receive the unwanted messages, she said she’s had many women come forward and thank her for her honesty and bravery in speaking out.
Emily said: ‘It’s important we open up about this sort of thing, because if it was happening in the middle of the street or on a night out, we would do something about it, so why is social media any different?
‘It’s calling out one of the many dark sides of social media and it has to stop. The mental impact it can have can be extremely damaging, and it’s something I want social media companies to get on top of, and fast.’
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