Glee star Amber Riley gets emotional as she opens up on body image

The actress has opened up on her weight worries in an honest new interview with MTV

Amber Riley star of Glee
Amber Riley star of Glee
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The actress has opened up on her weight worries in an honest new interview with MTV

Glee star Amber Riley broke down in tears as she opened up on struggling with her body image to make it in Hollywood.

The actress got emotional as she gave an interview as part of MTV show This Is How I Made It, which follows the journey of celebrities into the limelight.


Speaking of struggling with her weight as she tried to conquer the world of showbiz, she said: 'Hollywood is a very hard place to be in. It really is. Being the person I am, you know, the size I am, being a woman, being a black woman, there's not a lot of roles for us.'

The raven haired beauty, who's currently making her broadway debut in Cotton Club Parade, continued: 'After I did St Sass, I kept on auditioning. I was being offered the girl who sits in the corner and eats all day, the girl who committed suicide because she was fat.

'I never wanted to play a character that hated herself. I wanted people to know that those aren't the only roles for people like me, normal girls.

'Going to the auditions and having the casting director say you need to loose a little weight, I didn't understand why people couldn't accept me for who I was. And the rejection started wearing on my self-esteem,' she said.

'I'm not going to conform, and hurt myself, and do something crazy to be a size 2.'

And we couldn't be more glad to hear it.

'My parents always instilled knowing that your beautiful, that your fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you know who you are,' she added. 'I'm a healthy person. have great friends around me that are positive.'

Having established herself as a key player in Glee, Amber bagged the hottest new role on Broadway, and is delighted with her career path.

'That's the key to life, is make your own path, set your own rules. There is no set rule, no set look, no set anything, you make your own rules in life, and your own decisions.'

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