Helena Bonham Carter talks confidence and body image

We have all come to know that Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) has her own independent style, seeming confident with what she wears and how she looks, knowing that’s all that matters. But in a recent interview, she’s admitted that she hasn’t always thought this way:

When I was a young woman I had no self-confidence. But I just can’t be bothered to worry about what people think. Life is too short. For no money in the world would I want to be young again.

She also reveals that it’s not just that she not care what others think of her; she describes herself as being extremely comfortable with her own body image:

I like to eat; that’s why I have curves, and it’s also benefited my face.

I think it’s sad that our lives are dictated by someone saying, ‘You can’t eat this or that if you want your body to conform to someone’s ideal.’ It means food becomes associated with guilt, but really, it should be a source of pleasure.

With that said, she still doesn’t enjoy watching herself on screen, revealing that the one exception is Planet of the Apes (directed by partner Tim Burton) just because she “disappears behind an ape mask.” 

I think we as an audience can vouch that her acting is impeccable! What is your favorite Bonham Carter role? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • Carol

    I enjoyed her as Bellatrix but I also enjoyed her tole as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, she was so good, singing as well, loved it x

  • rin68nyr

    i haven’t seen her in a lot of other roles, but my favorite is her acting as Hermione disguised as Bellatrix. She did an awesome job with that one!

  • Sara Malfoy

    I’ve seen a lot of movies, or at least pieces of movies, that she’s been in, and she’s an amazing singer and actress. While she may still be a bit self conscious, she has every right to be proud of herself.