Irish star Nicola Coughlan asks fans to stop making comments about her appearance

Nicola Coughlan

Irish star Nicola Coughlan has asked fans not to make comments about her appearance, even if they think they are being complimentary.

The Bridgerton star took to social media to say that, while she understands that many fans are trying be nice, even seemingly positive comments can make a person feel self-conscious when they receive messages everyday.

She says the comments make her feel deeply uncomfortable.

Coughlan said: “Hello! So just a thing- if you have an opinion about my body please, please don’t share it with me.

“Most people are being nice and not trying to be offensive but I am just one real life human being and it’s really hard to take the weight of thousands of opinions on how you look being sent directly to you every day.

“If you have an opinion about me that’s ok, I understand I’m on TV and that people will have things to think and say but I beg you not to send it to me directly.

“Anyways here’s a pic of me in my hotel in NY about to go to SNL, it’s unrelated to this post but delighted with my hair in it.”

Of course, the best way to compliment an actor would be to say how much you enjoyed their show or how good their performance was.

It is an issue that Coughlan has raised before.

The Derry Girls star asked her social media followers: “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.

“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.

“Also, and I mean this in the nicest way as 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. So yeah, it’s 2021 it would be nice if we didn’t have to keep having this conversation.”

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