Countless actresses have spoken about Hollywood’s insistence on unrealistically perfect bodies in movies, but according to Richard Madden, it’s not just women who feel the need to starve themselves before nude scenes. In an interview with British Vogue, the Game of Thrones star spoke about the pressure he felt going nude in Netflix’s Bodyguard — in case you haven’t seen it, his butt is heavily featured and it is glorious — saying that unhealthy fitness habits exist across gender in Hollywood.
“We’re projecting a very unrealistic body image,” Madden told the magazine. “I find myself with actor friends – after we’ve done a kind of barely eating, working-out-twice-a-day, no-carbing thing for these scenes – looking at each other going: ‘We’re just feeding this same shit that we’re against.'”
“I’ve done numerous jobs where you’re told to lose weight and get to the gym,” added Madden, who may-or-may-not appear nude as Elton John’s lover and manager John Reid in the upcoming biopic Rocketman. “It doesn’t just happen to women, it happens to men all the time as well.”
Madden has recently been the talk of gay Twitter thanks to his friendship with gay 13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn. Ironically, Flynn’s ex is Sam Smith, who’s become quite the advocate for body positivity — perhaps there’s common ground to be found there. Except, this is weird: Smith recently unfollowed Madden on Instagram. Huh, what a strange coincidence! Those celebrities, always keeping us guessing!