Jameela Jamil Joins Charlamagne tha God on 'Emerging Hollywood': "I'm Not Going to Stop Because People Doubt Me"
"I'm not just going to play the nagging, annoying girlfriend. I want a role that's actually challenging and nuanced," 'The Good Place' star says.
"I don't cancel the Kardashians, or Iggy Azalea or Cardi B," Jameela Jamil told Charlamagne tha God on the most recent episode of Emerging Hollywood. Jamil famously called out the women on social media for their promotion of weight loss beverages. "I'm not cancelling them, I'm reprimanding them. It's fine to call someone out. You're offering them the opportunity of changing," she says.
"Oppressive beauty standards," as Jamil calls them, affected her deeply as a child. "I was fully anorexic by the time I was about thirteen. I wasn't menstruating. My body was letting me know that I was dying from the inside," Jamil explains.
Jamil argues the entertainment industry has a big hand in circulating these ideas, telling Charlmagne, "I think entertainment is such a beautiful and important thing to do. I've been on the receiving end of how much it can save your life when you're down. But also, the entertainment industry has some rotten parts that we're trying to slowly lift out. I have to do something to rally against it, otherwise I feel like I'm a traitor to women and to young people."
The Good Place star is careful not to have her activism or "wokeness" appear at all performative, saying, "I completely understand if people distrust me. I look like the enemy. I'm slim, I fit within society's conventional attractiveness and I am an actress. Why would anyone trust me?" Jamil went on to conclude, "I'm not going to stop because people doubt me, and most people support me."
New episodes of Emerging Hollywood, hosted by Charlamagne tha God, are available every Thursday on THR.com/EmergingHollywood.