Kate Beckinsale is letting Michael Bay’s body-shaming comments slide right off her back.
The actress was once told by Bay to hire a personal trainer prior to filming “Pearl Harbour” in 2001 and recalls brushing off the observation made over 15 years ago.
“Because I wasn’t blonde and my boobs weren’t bigger than my head, I didn’t make sense to him as an attractive woman,” the star revealed during her appearance on “The Graham Norton Show” (via US Weekly). “So there was a lot of panic and concern about, ‘How on Earth are we going to make her attractive?’”
“You think you’d take that really personally, but I sort of managed not to. It was so extreme I kind of didn’t,” she continued.
According to Beckinsale, Bay found it difficult to picture the actress in the role of Nurse Evelyn Johnson.
And though the incident occurred years ago, both Bay and Beckinsale continue to field questions about the director’s comments to this day. “It’s true there was a bit of that going on, but the shaming of people is something I’m against in general. I’ve seen him since, and we’ve gotten over it. I didn’t feel it was personal, and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Bay addressed the controversy back in June when his comments first came to light, writing that “Kate and I are friendly. She is a fantastic actress, very funny, witty lady, sassy, speaks her mind, and I truly respect her.”
“So I guess I was the ‘bad guy’ 16 years ago for suggesting a trainer because she just had her new beautiful baby girl — and she was about to enter into an intensive action movie. Note to reporters: 95 per cent of leads in movies have trainers and drink green juice!” Bay added.