Aidy Bryant learned to accept her body while filming sex scenes for her TV show Shrill.
The actress plays Annie in the hit Hulu series, which follows the aspiring writer as she juggles work, her love life, and caring for her sick parents.
The critically-acclaimed programme has been picked up for a third season, and in chat with Variety, Aidy confessed she was brought face to face with her body issues while filming sex scenes with Luka Jones, who plays Annie’s boyfriend Ryan.
“Even the experience of doing sex scenes on this show for me was a little bit of my own body journey,” she told Variety. “And I think I was maybe a little cocky going into making it where I was like, ‘Oh, I’m over a lot of these body issues, and I feel comfortable in my own skin, and I’ve worked really hard through therapy and friends and family to face some of these demons.’
“And then it was like, ‘Okay, now be in your underwear in front of a crew of 30 people.'”
In addition, Aidy opened up about how she is relieved to finally be playing a woman who accepts her body the way it is, as she feared she had failed an audition for Saturday Night Live early on in her career because of her weight.
“Even when I was auditioning for SNL I was like, ‘I wonder if they won’t hire me because I’m fat or because that’s sort of not the typical body you see on camera or there are less people for me to do impressions of, or that kind of thing,’” the 33-year-old explained. “So then to kind of be in the position to also take on (Shrill) and really spearhead it? Total dream come true.”