“They want these doe-eyed looks,” she shared. 

Juliette noted that she felt this pressure too, but it made her rebel and do the opposite of whatever she was told. 

She remembered crying in the bathroom during photoshoots because she didn’t want to do what people expected of her. 

“That’s for sure what I didn’t do in pictures, so I always looked slightly insane, which I prefer over, like, ‘Do you want to f–k me?'”

Melanie, meanwhile, found comfort in being relegated to smaller roles because it meant that she faced less criticism than her co-stars. 

Yellowjackets Actresses Reflect on Early Career Pressures

She looked back on playing Piper Perabo‘s friend in Coyote Ugly, saying, 

That’s not to say that Melanie wasn’t made to feel bad about her appearances. 

“Just the feedback was constantly like, ‘You’re not beautiful,'” Melanie said. 

“In your early 20s, so much of it is about beauty, and how people respond to you, and do people want to f–k you?”