Tatiana Maslany has no time for body shamers.
“I’ll never understand that,” Maslany tells Elle. “I’ll never, never understand why people think it’s their business to comment on other people’s bodies.”
“I go to a spa in L.A. sometimes, a Korean day spa, and all the women there are nude,” she says. “And I’ve never felt so in love with the human form as when I’m walking around and seeing all those bodies, thinking, ‘Oh my god, we’re all just built so differently.’ And every single body is beautiful.”
“I will never understand that shame, and the reinforcement of that shame,” she continues. “It’s crazy.”
“[Sexuality] is so much more complex than our boobs,” Maslany says. “My sexuality isn’t me as an object to be looked at. It’s the way I say ‘hello’ to somebody, the way I sit with somebody.”
“A body is just a body,” she continues. “But we’re really afraid of bodies. They hold a lot of power – I think that’s why people can try to shame them so easily, because they are so powerful.”
Maslany also says that it’s not just women who are criticized about their bodies – men face criticism too, even if we don’t typically see it.
“Guys aren’t supposed to have shame about their bodies,” Maslany says. “They’re just supposed to be strong, and if they’re not, they’re not a man. But so many of my guy friends struggle with the same things we do as women.”
She notes that the recent movie The Overnight did an excellent job of showing that men can be just as self-conscious about their bodies.
“It was just so awesome, so brave, to acknowledge that body shame is such a huge thing that we all carry with us, and then to dismantle it and laugh at it,” she says of the film.