Plus-size actresses getting leading roles in films and on TV

Aidy Bryant plays Annie, who is constantly reminded of her obesity, in new Hulu series Shrill.
Aidy Bryant plays Annie, who is constantly reminded of her obesity, in new Hulu series Shrill.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW YORK • Long relegated to providing comic relief or playing supporting parts, plus-size actresses are finally getting their due with juicy front-and-centre roles in a sign of shifting attitudes towards diverse body types.

New Hulu series Shrill, which debuted last Friday and is adapted from the best-selling autobiography of Lindy West, is the latest example of studios willing to depart from the tried-and-tested formula of slender leading ladies who have dominated the small screen since its creation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2019, with the headline 'Plus-size actresses getting leading roles in films and on TV'. Print Edition | Subscribe