Amanda Pendolino
July 26, 2013

Katee Sackhoff Talks Being Discriminated Against as a Blonde, ‘Fat’ Chick

Katee Sackhoff is used to playing tough — partially because she’s needed a thick skin in Hollywood.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the Battlestar Galactica actress talked about being discriminated against for being blonde and “fat.”

“When you play a tough character and you’re blonde, there is a complete disconnect,” she explained. “I’m naturally blonde, but I’ve been told so many times, when I do one of these [action] roles, ‘We should really dye your hair brown. Because blonde girls aren’t tough. We should cut your hair off because girls with long hair just aren’t tough.'”

Katee continued: “People associate girls with long blonde hair with the girls in Clueless or Legally Blonde. You can’t be smart and educated and have an opinion because you are supposed to be stupid. They’re the same struggles, but they manifest themselves very differently in this business.”

Katee’s weight (!) has also been an issue.

“I’ve been told, since the day I moved here when I was 17, that I was fat,” she said. “It’s kind of an interesting thing, because it makes sense that I’ve transitioned into the tough-girl roles, because I’m naturally bigger than the other girls. I’m only five foot six, but I’m huge compared to most of these girls.”

Jennifer Lawrence expressed similar feelings in Elle last year.

“In Hollywood, I’m obese,” she said. “I’m considered a fat actress.”

How does this keep happening? Hollywood’s ridiculous standards are setting a terrible example for the girls who watch TV and film. We need to see women of all shapes and sizes on the screen — and it needs to start with the people in power behind the scenes.