I am so excited to announce the grand opening of Jameela Jamil Fan, a fansite dedicated to the talented British actress & activist. You may recognize Jameela from her current role as Tahani Al-Jamil on NBC’s The Good Place. However, prior to Jameela’s breakout role on American television she was known for her work as a British television presenter, BBC Radio 1 host, DJ, fashion designer, stylist, columnist, music manager, teacher, and she is currently writing a book.

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Press: Jameela Jamil Wants You to Sign Petition Banning Detox Diets On Social Media

Press: Jameela Jamil Wants You to Sign Petition Banning Detox Diets On Social Media

Jameela Jamil is steadfast in her mission to end body shaming and promote body positivity. She’s even received criticism over the years for being attractive and thin and thus somehow being a hypocrite for it. But the The Good Place actress will not stop promoting a positive body message for the new generations. She does not want anyone to harm their physical and mental health by obsessing over their looks. Time and time again, she has criticized other celebrities for endorsing detox diets on social media platforms. Jameela Jamil believes that it sends a dangerous message to the younger generation that can physically harm them. That is why she is urging everyone to sign this petition that bans celebrities from selling detox diets on social media.

Why Jameela Jamil Started this Petition

The Indian-British actress is concerned for the dangerous message the detox diets endorsements are sending. Jameela Jamil believes that celebrities have personal training coaches, nutritionists, chefs and surgeon. It allows them to get that ideal body image we see on the screens. Moreover, the final versions undergo heavy Photoshop edits that completely transform the real image.

Sending out a message that a mere detox diet will enable you to achieve the body image of your favorite celebrity like Cardi B is incredibly dangerous. In fact, Jameela Jamil declares this as ‘false and irresponsible advertising’.

It is part of a pervasive and disturbing rhetoric that preys upon eating disordered behavior and the new trend of “quick fix” that relies upon a naive and vulnerable customer who is not educated as to the full list of health implications these products and diet restrictions can bring.

Hence, this petition started from the socially active Jameela Jamil.

Jameela Jamil’s Past Struggles Inspired Her On this Body Positivity

Previously, The Good Place actress opened about her own self-image problems and insecurities in her teenage. Jameela stated that these Photoshopped and ideal body images portrayed on the big screens lead to her being very insecure about herself. Consequently, Jameela Jamil fell victim to anorexia. And the actress damaged her own physical health. Thus, after suffering a lot she does not want to see the new generation face the same kind of problems she did.

She even started a campaign on social media called i_weigh. On it, ordinary people send photos of themselves along with personality traits they associate with. It’s to promote a healthy and body positive environment on Instagram where people can showcase their true selves. And be proud of it!

You can sign the petition here at change.org.

Source: Dankanator

Press/Video: Jameela Jamil Is Shutting Up and Making Space in 2019

Press/Video: Jameela Jamil Is Shutting Up and Making Space in 2019

The ‘Good Place’ actress and body positivity activist joins the #AerieREAL role model family.

If you’re familiar with Jameela Jamil’s, work you may know her for a few things: her role as the narcissistic but always well-intentioned Tahani Al-Jamil on NBC’s The Good Place; her fiercely vocal stance against photoshopping and airbrushing in advertisements and magazine covers; her news-making tweet in which she hoped certain celebrities “shit their pants in public” for hawking “detox teas” that promise to help with weight loss and bloating. In her 32 years on earth, the British actress has battled an eating disorder, hearing loss, and a car accident that broke her back. Yet she’s come out on the other side, starting a beloved life positive moment called “I, Weigh” and as of today, Jamil is one of the newest members of the #AerieREAL Role Model family for spring 2019. Ahead of the reveal, I phoned Jamil to discuss how the body positivity movement can change moving forward, why she wished Aerie existed when she was a teen, and why in 2019 she’s making space, not taking it.

When Aerie revealed you were going to join their campaign, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Why did you want to work with them?

I wanted to work with Aerie because they’re one of the only brands I’ve ever seen actually take inclusion seriously, and it’s not performative. It runs throughout the entire brand: their desire to reflect, on their website and in their stores, what we see outside in everyday life, which just never happens. Seeing people from all walks of life and all ages modeling underwear and modeling clothes was just such a breath of fresh air. When I walked into their store I realized how much I could’ve benefited from having a store like that and a company like that when I was younger, so I was very excited to be a part of it.
Your body’s been through a lot, between an eating disorder and a serious car accident. How has that affected the way you treat your body now?

I treat my body with great respect now and I make sure to check in with it and thank it every so often. Because I’m aware of what it’s like to not be able to go to the toilet by myself, or to be able to breathe because I had asthma, or be able to hear, because I was deaf as a child. I also stopped menstruating when I had an eating disorder, so my body has been in jeopardy so many times that I’ve, frankly, by the age of thirty, a little bit late but better late than never, learned to treat it with lots of kindness and respect. I don’t talk shit to myself anymore. Every time it crops up I stick up for myself the way that I would for a friend or for a stranger even. The things that women say to themselves in their head, they would never tolerate being said to someone that they love. So I’ve decided to be my own best friend.

I’ve become the loudest voice that’s been allowed in body positivity and I think that has given some people the wrong idea.

How does being your best friend manifest itself?

I did EMDR therapy, which is a specific kind of therapy that removes the conditioning of irrational thought. So it goes right to the core of the problem. It’s very good for PTSD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and OCD—all of which I had. Within a matter of months, it just sort of extracted the root of the problem, which meant that I didn’t have to deal with the symptoms anymore. So that was a big thing that I did. I also made the decision three years ago that most of my money that I would spend on corrective or beauty items I’d save up for therapy. I started doing that when I was 29, and that was probably the biggest act of self love I’ve ever done. So no cellulite cream, no stretch mark cream, nothing anti-aging, I just put all of my money into a piggy bank that I would’ve spent on must have products. I just did therapy and then bought myself some self love.

Body image and body positivity can be super personal. How do you discuss these topics without alienating people?

I link body positivity with mental health, which makes it a much bigger and broader conversation. I think that we don’t do that enough I think I’ve kind of moved it more into a life positive movement and more into mental health discussion, and I think we can all relate to that. Body positivity is something that we have to be very conscious of not leaving women who are of minorities out of. We need to include everyone, so I just make sure to be inclusive with my language and make sure that I’m involving activists from different minorities in my work and giving them a platform in order to make sure that everyone knows it’s a conversation for all of us to have.

For example, the MeToo movement got kind of taken over by a lot of very famous, slender, predominantly white, straight women actresses. I think it’s important not to let that happen with body positivity, which it does happen. Often, in the last year I’ve become the loudest voice that’s been allowed in body positivity and I think that has given some people the wrong idea: that I think that I speak for all people, which I don’t. It’s just that I have a platform and a privilege that allows me to be listened to and heard, when other people who are actually struggling with these things are being ignored. I’m not afraid of being annoying, I’m just afraid of being complicit in a problem that is systemically destroying the mental health of most of the women around the world.

So how do you deal with the criticism?

I don’t take it personally anymore, and I think I used to get defensive and when I would be called out for not being intersectional enough or just feel frustrated that people were expecting too much of me, but now I just shut up and I listen and I realize that there are people who are going through a lot and I would like to help those people, so I just focus on the good. I also don’t receive a lot of negativity or backlash. Most people support me and my profile growing in the way that it has, has been a sign of mass support of so many people who were just done, they feel the same way as me. I’m not on the wrong side here, I’m on the right side, the feminist side of mental health of young people and their well being internally and externally, of women and people everywhere.

The hashtag is #AerieReal. When do you feel you’re most real?

I feel I’m most real when I’m cuddling my boyfriend, I do [laughs]. I feel most real when I’m spooning.
There are so many great role models. Who are some of your own role models in this space?

I mean, Samira Wiley is one of them, so I was super starstruck to meet her and to be photographed alongside her. That was a big seal of approval. Janet Mock is someone that I’m very, very obsessed with, and think that what she has done for our culture is just so extraordinary and she’ll be remembered forever and go down in history as such a game changer for the trans community. Roxanne Gay, I think she’s a real hero of mine, and her books have taught me so much and called me out so brilliantly. As in, in reading them I’ve been able to find my own mistakes and learn, via her, how to do better and be better.

I think we bring a lot of ego into activism and wokeness these days.

What did you learn from her books?

I’ve learned from her books about white feminism and how much we could leave people out of the conversation and what makes you a bad feminist and how you can call yourself out, and that that can be okay to make mistakes. You know, she calls herself out on her own blind spots, and I think that’s a really important thing to do. I think we bring a lot of ego into activism these days and ego into wokeness. I think that that can sometimes make you afraid of admitting when you don’t know something, and therefore you don’t ask, and therefore you don’t learn. Even someone as brilliant and accomplished and educated as Roxanne Gay, to sometimes owning up to her weaknesses or her blind spots, has been so inspiring so many people that I know, because it makes you feel like it’s okay to just keep learning and if you’re a bad feminist now, it doesn’t mean you’ll always be a bad feminist.

We’re having a lot of conversations in the office about the kind of energy that we’re bringing into 2019. How would you describe the energy you’re bringing into this year?

It’s make space, don’t take space. That’s the thing that I’m gonna bring into 2019, is making sure that I create space for other women. I create space for people from minorities, and people who are living in experiences that I have not myself had to live through. Recently I turned down a role of a deaf woman, because even though I used to be deaf as a child, I’m no longer completely deaf. And so that role should go to someone who still currently cannot hear because there’s a brilliant deaf actress out there somewhere who we don’t know her name, but she can’t get the role. I do think it’s really important to start to make sure that we stop being greedy and we just step aside for one another, and don’t fear each other. We’ve been taught to fear each other by men, and feel like there’s only space for one, and that’s a lie. That’s so that we don’t all join together and take up loads of space and become equal. So supporting other women, making sure that I put my money where my mouth is, and pass the mic.

Source: Elle

Press: The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil is the body-positive celebrity we need

Jameela Jamil is about to be your new favourite badass.

Joining the ranks of empowering female celebrities like Serena Williams, Chrissy Teigen, and Lorde, Jamil is the unfiltered, unedited, and unapologetic media presence the world needs right now. She’s the rare celebrity who challenges social expectations for women in the public eye both in real life and online.

Not only does Jamil bless our screens as philanthropist and fashionista Tahani on NBC’s The Good Place, she’s also popular on Instagram for her #IWeigh campaign. The social media movement asks participants to share photos of themselves surrounded by a list of personal attributes they care about more than “the flesh on [their] bones.”

Instead of thinking of weight as a number on a scale, Jamil’s movement asks us to value the positive characteristics they hold, like strength, honesty, accomplishments, friendships, and self-love.

In an interview with Buzzfeed this past October, Jamil explained the #IWeigh campaign stemmed from her own struggles with body image and disordered eating. “[W]eighing is not an indication of health,” she said. “It shouldn’t be part of our narrative.”

Jamil also uses social media to address sponsored celebrity weight-loss products which influential women often peddle on their platforms, especially Instagram. Last November, Jamil made headlines after criticizing Cardi B for accepting a detox tea brand deal and endorsing the product in online videos.

The actor took to Twitter, telling her followers, “[Y]ou need fiber! Not something that honestly just makes you have diarrhea the day you take it.” In additional tweets, she called out female celebrities for having diet plans and personal trainers but attributing their weight loss to these sponsored tea products.

Jamil explained that she used controversial weight-loss products as a teen and suffered from the results. She tweeted, “I was the teenager who […] spent all her money on these miracle cures and laxatives and tips from celebrities […] I have had digestion and metabolism problems for life.”

I was the teenager who starved herself for years, who spent all her money on these miracle cures and laxatives and tips from celebrities on how to maintain a weight that was lower than what my body wanted it to be. I was sick, I have had digestion and metabolism problems for life
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 26, 2018

The thing that makes Jamil all the more likeable is she stays true to the advice she shares. Her photos are unedited, her posts uplifting, and her platform is used to highlight lesser-known causes and activists.

Despite the actor’s authenticity, as a conventionally attractive woman herself, she’s been criticized for speaking out against body-shaming and societal beauty expectations. Critics seem to believe women at the forefront of the body positivity movement should better represent the disadvantaged community they defend.

On Twitter, Jamil responded to these criticisms by saying, “Fat phobia and ableism leads those with power to willfully ignore the voices of the most important activists. Because of my privilege, they are not currently ignoring me. I take it as my duty to use that privilege to push things forward.”

I in particular want to address this to plus size black women, who I continue to see are so left out of this conversation. It’s my bad for not having understood your plight and fought harder with you sooner. It was ignorance, not a lack of care. I stand with you now and forever. https://t.co/ZvXRubVtaS
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) January 22, 2019

While Jamil’s explanation is valid, her actions shouldn’t have to be justified. It’s admirable that Jamil is using her privilege and fame to further the causes that benefit everyone.

That’s why #IWeigh is so important. The campaign’s Instagram account has over 300,000 followers, allowing the people who submit their photos to reach a much wider group than they would otherwise. Jamil rarely posts photos of herself there. Instead, people with unique sizes, shapes, and skin colours greet you when you click through the page.

It’s important for our generation to have fiercely outspoken female role models in Hollywood and over social media. Jamil’s refusal to back down when it comes to speaking about what she believes won’t only inspire others to reject gender expectations, but also has the capacity to affect change. She may only be one voice, but Jamil’s shown that when you use your privilege against the patriarchal system, people listen.

Jamil’s refusal to back down when it comes to speaking about what she believes won’t only inspire others to reject gender expectations, but also has the capacity to affect change

Recently, Jamil shared that she wore jeans under her dress at the 2019 Golden Globes. She paid for the dress—and, I’m guessing, the jeans—out of pocket, did her own makeup, and wore jeans because she knew it’d be cold.

If that isn’t the most relatable thing a celebrity’s ever done, I don’t know what is.

Source: Queen’s Journal

Press/Videos: The Cast of The Good Place on Conan

Jameela and the rest of the cast of NBC’s The Good Place were on Conan last night. You can check out a playlist of clips from the show above. Enjoy!

Press: JAMEELA JAMIL HITS OUT AT CRITICS WHO SAY SLIM WOMEN CAN’T FIGHT BODY SHAMING

Jameela Jamil has addressed criticisms that she has no right to speak out about body shaming because she is “slim”.

The Good Place actor posted a lengthy note on Twitter explaining that she is not trying to “be the face” of the body positivity movement, but that she wants to make the most of her platform by giving marginalised groups a voice.

“A note from me to anyone who feels uncomfortable that a slim woman is fighting body shaming as hard as I am,” the 32-year-old’s message begins.

“It’s not only because of my extensive experience with public fat shaming from the press, eating disorders and disability as a teen, but also because I want change for all.”

The London-born presenter runs an Instagram account called @I_weigh, which encourages women to find value in the things that they do and care about as opposed to the way they look.

“I just want to make clear what we are doing at @I_weigh,” she continues, “we are building a platform we will use to lift up actual activists from different marginalized groups”.

Jamil acknowledged that she has been afforded privileges due to her high profile job and her looks “being deemed societally ‘acceptable’” but added that this should not detract from her intentions, which are to amplify the voices of important body positive activists.

“This is not me trying to steal your movement,” she added in reference to accusations that she has commandeered body positivity to boost her personal profile.

“It’s me trying to kick the gates open for it.”

She added that this message was particularly addressed to plus-size black women, who “are so left out of this conversation”.

“It’s my bad for not having understood your plight and fought harder with you sooner. It was ignorance, not a lack of care. I stand with you now and forever.”

So far, her message has been well received by fans, garnering more than 8,500 likes on Twitter and thousands of comments from people thanking Jamil for her candour.

“It’s not ever easy to admit when we’ve gone wrong and where we must do better. Love that you can own up to those moments and even more that you actually do the work to grow,” wrote one person. “Thank you for using your platform and privilege to create space for others.”

Another added: “As a ‘fat’ woman, I applaud your efforts and admire you for speaking out and holding various people, publications and organizations accountable. The world could use a lot more people like you.”

Jamil regularly makes headlines for her body positivity advocacy. Most recently, for example, she called for a ban on airbrushing and condemned cosmetics giants Avon for “shaming women” with its latest ad.

The Avon campaign, which the company has since apologised for, featured a smiling woman with the tagline: “Dimples are cute on your face (not on your thighs)”.

Jamil posted the ad on her Twitter page, explaining that dimples on thighs were “completely normal thing” for women and that implying otherwise “literally sets us up for failure”.

Source: The Independent

Press: Jameela Jamil Blasts Avon For Promoting ‘Dimples Are Cute On Your Face (Not On Your Thighs)’ Advert

Jameela Jamil took Avon to town over a new marketing campaign promoted on their website.

“The Good Place” actress wondered how Avon’s new campaign could promote the idea that “every body is beautiful” in one sentence and help “soften stretch marks” in the next.

Jamil, 32, slammed Avon’s #NakedProof campaign. The promotional material suggested, “dimples are cute on your face (not on your thighs).”

“And yet EVERYONE has dimples on their thighs, I do, you do, and the CLOWNS at AVON certainly do,” Jamil argued. “Stop shaming women about age, gravity and cellulite. They’re inevitable, completely normal things. To make us fear them and try to ‘fix them’ is to literally set us up for failure.”

“Shame on Avon and any publication that allows this sort of abusive advertising,” Jamil continued. “My timeline is full of women saying adverts like these are why they are afraid to be naked in front of lovers or to wear a swimsuit. You are being robbed of your money and self-esteem.”

Avon responded to Jamil on Twitter. “Hi Jameela, Naked Proof is not an Avon UK Campaign and will not be featured in any of our materials,” they assured. “We are looking into this further.”

That response did not satisfy Jamil and soon Avon apologized for the advertisement. “Hi Jameela, we intended this to be light-hearted and fun, but we realize we missed the mark,” the company confessed. “We’ve removed this messaging from all marketing materials. We support our community in loving their bodies and feeling confident in their own skin.”

Jamil is not shy of protesting marketing practices she believes promote unrealistic body standards. She has publicly denounced the likes of Kim Kardashian and Cardi B in the past.

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada

Press: Jameela Set to Speak at the 2019 Makers Conference

Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders, HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen, ‘The Good Place’ actress Jameela Jamil and musician Ciara are also set to speak at the annual women’s summit.

The Makers Conference has unveiled another stacked lineup for its 2019 edition.

Feminist author and icon Gloria Steinem, actress and Red Table Talks host Jada Pinkett Smith, musician Ciara, activist Tarana Burke, Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders and HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen are set to headline this year’s annual women’s summit, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Other names on the 2019 roster for the event, which runs from Feb. 6-8 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California, include McKinsey partner emeritus Joanna Barsh, author and Together Rising founder Glennon Doyle and Backstage Capital founder and CEO Arlan Hamilton.

In addition to its starrier guests, the three-day, conversation-focused conference will also feature what it is calling “hidden figures”: They include Barbara “Dusty” Roads, an activist who fought against gender discrimination at airlines in the 1950s and 1960s; Diana Trujillo, a Columbian aerospace engineer at NASA and the mission lead for the Mars Curiosity rover; and female firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Other speakers will be announced in the lead-up to the event.

“We could not be more thrilled to continue our Makers Conference tradition for the fifth year, opening more unique dialogues and driving game-changing action items with the world’s top female leaders across all sectors,” Dyllan McGee, founder and executive producer of the Makers Conference, said in a statement. “Makers believes in the power of all voices. Through our annual conference and growing Makers@ program, we continue to provide companies with the essential tools they need to foster and retain increased workplace diversity, helping to grow cultures of greater inclusivity.”

“A cornerstone of the women’s movement, The Makers Conference has become an annual gathering that drives the cultural conversation around equality, ” Lori Bongiorno, general manager of Makers, added. “The highly anticipated fifth conference will once again give our audiences unprecedented access to these thoughtfully curated discussions.”

At last year’s Makers Conference, which gathered Jane Fonda, Ava DuVernay, Natalie Portman, Lena Waithe, Sheryl Sandberg, Karlie Kloss, Uzo Aduba, Jessica Biel, Malcolm D. Lee and Lena Dunham, among others, Portman during a panel on Time’s Up described male-dominated film sets in which women were kept separated. “We all have stories to tell, and we need to stop being silent about injustice,” the actress said.

Those who can’t make it to Dana Point to see the conference can see it live-streamed at the Makers Conference website and on the Makers Conference Facebook page. Makers says that last year more than 6 million people worldwide watched its live stream.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Press: Jameela Jamil Hopes She’s ‘Making It Too Embarrassing’ For Celebs to Sell Laxative Teas

Jameela Jamil’s lasting legacy may be her efforts to stop celebrities from selling weight loss laxatives, and that’s something she would be incredibly proud of.

The Good Place star, 32, famously called out several celebrities — including Kim Kardashian West and Cardi B — for promoting weight loss teas and appetite-suppressing lollipops to their millions of followers. And Jamil hopes it’s making a difference.

“I really think I am making it too embarrassing for other people to sell laxative teas, which truly may be my greatest achievement,” she told PEOPLE on the Critics’ Choice Awards red carpet on Sunday.

Jamil’s fight against weight loss products is just one of the ways she’s working to change the conversation around body image.

“I’m excited at the idea that I might have a positive impact on young women rather than a negative one, which is more often than not what you end up having on people if you allow the industry to airbrush you, to Photoshop you, let you lie about your aesthetic and you put negative rhetoric out into the world,” she says. “So I feel excited to be part of the change.”

Jamil says her aim is to “lift back the curtain on Hollywood.”

“It’s really important, and it will only help, it won’t hurt anyone.”

Jamil now specifically tells photographers not to airbrush out her stretch marks or any so-called “imperfections,” but she’s had some crazy experiences with photoshopping in the past.

“There was one time where I shot a campaign and I had gained some weight,” she recalls. “I wasn’t asked beforehand, but they put my head on someone else’s body. I mean that’s how far it goes. They took my head and put it someone else’s body. I got no neck, my face is a different color, and it looks I’m complicit in it. Whereas we never get asked, so that was one of the most ridiculous time.”

But Jamil says that she feels as though the industry has changed.

“I think that the moment of diversity is really here, and it’s really important that we’re recognizing the problem with erasure, with ethnic erasure. I was a victim of that when I was younger, and really need to see representatives with every skin color and their real ethnic noses. Their real cellulite and stretch marks all over the red carpet,” she says.

And while Jamil got into a mini-feud with Cardi B over the detox tea, she says her fight for body acceptance hasn’t ruffled too many feathers.

“I haven’t had many [people getting mad]. I’ve been fairly butthole free I would say,” she says. “Most people have been very supportive, and I think I’m talking about it in a very clear way that helps people understand my personal journey with this, and that I’m not doing this as performative activism. I genuinely suffered because of these things that I’m now trying to dismantle.”

Source: People

Press: Jameela Jamil reveals why she turned down role of deaf woman

Jameela Jamil has revealed she turned down the role of a deaf woman because she did not want to deprive a disabled actress of a job.

The Good Place star, who was born partially deaf, said it “wouldn’t be appropriate” for her to have taken the part because she can now hear.

Jamil said the job offer was recent and that it should instead be given to “a brilliant deaf woman”.

She told the Press Association: “I said it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to take that role and they should find a brilliant deaf woman to play that role. I think you have to make those choices and not be too greedy and make space rather than take space.”

Jamil added: “I don’t want to be part of erasure.” Her comments come amid the ongoing debate over roles for minority groups in Hollywood.

The film industry has been criticized for giving LGBT roles to straight actors while Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who is able-bodied, this month faced criticism for playing a wheelchair-bound billionaire in his latest film The Upside.

Scarlett Johansson, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jack Whitehall are among those censured for accepting certain roles.

However Cate Blanchett believes actors should be able to play any role, and said: “I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience.”

Jamil said a “big change needs to happen” in the industry.

She said: “I think it’s a very tricky one. I can understand where people are coming from when it comes to suspending disbelief but I think the thing we should actually be fighting for is more roles for people with disabilities and more roles for LGBTQ so there aren’t just five a year and then those get taken by big names.

“I said it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to take that role and they should find a brilliant deaf woman to play that role.”

“That’s the thing all actors should be banding together in support of… is changing the situation where more scripts are being written where someone’s disability or someone’s sexuality is no longer the main theme of the film, it’s just part of their story but not the full story of the whole film.

“And that’s the big change that needs to happen. And then we won’t need to worry that we’re stealing the scarce amount of roles from other people.”

Jamil, 32, was born in London to an Indian father and Pakistani mother and moved to Los Angeles where she landed a role in hit US sitcom The Good Place, playing deceased philanthropist Tahani Al-Jamil.

The former Channel 4 and BBC presenter said it felt easier to make it in America, adding it was hard for women of colour to achieve a long-term career in the UK.

She said: “There is more diversity here for sure, and you don’t feel like you’re running out of time. You don’t feel like as you approach 30, you’re going to be sent off to a glue factory.

“While I love Britain and we have such great talent that emerges from there, it is so hard for a woman, and a woman of colour, to truly have a long-term career and that’s one thing that feels very different.

“It really is just opportunity. Other than that I think the output of Britain is brilliant and I love it.”

Jamil added: “But here it feels like it’s been an easier journey for me and that was unexpected because I was told I was too old, too fat and too ethnic to even try and come to Hollywood. But they’ve been very welcoming.”

Source: Independent.ie

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