Actress Poppy Montgomery isn’t fat. But her character in the Lifetime movie Lying to be Perfect is. Because no fat actresses were available for or interested in the role, Montgomery wears a fat suit to play magazine editor Nola Devlin. Reader Alison tipped us off to this cringe-inducing doozy; thanks Alison! According to the synopsis on PR Newswire,
the dramedy tells the story of Nola Devlin (Montgomery) and her two best friends who, in a last ditch effort to lose weight, band together to follow the advice of their “fairy godmother” and end up changing their lives forever.
In the preview, which can be viewed here, Devlin says, “let’s become the women we know we are inside.” I’m sure she and her friends consider themselves hip, interesting, fun, bright women – in other words: thin. Their “ugly” outsides didn’t match their “beautiful” insides, so they had to lose the facade (i.e. the chub). I admit, I feel that way about myself from time to time. Sometimes I see myself in photos and think, that’s not me! How could it be? For I like who I am, but often dislike my appearance. It’s confusing, when the world (including “entertainment for women”) tells you that thin+pretty people are awesome whilst the plain+chubby aren’t worth knowing.
The movie hasn’t aired yet, so I could be wrongly prejudging it. But regardless of the movie’s moral, a thin woman is still wearing a fat suit to portray a fat woman. Thin actresses, and actors of all sizes, have worn fat suits to represent fat people before, of course. Courteney Cox Arquette wore one to play fat Monica on Friends. Fat, pathetic Monica… always eating a piece of cake or waddling into the kitchen to get one.
Fat suits are usually vehicles to make a mockery of fat people, though that doesn’t seem to be its purpose in Lying to be Perfect. The story “requires” it because the actress has to be both fat and thin in the same movie. They could have employed a fat actress to play Nola but then she’d have to lose a bunch of weight. They could have required Montgomery – or another actress – to gain weight for the role. But it’s Lifetime. Obviously the flick is not going to be – nor is it striving to be – an Oscar contender. Maybe I’m just bothered by the movie’s premise in the first place.