Helena Bonham Carter talks confidence and body image

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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