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Vanity Fair star Olivia Cooke reveals how her director told her to lose weight at 18

HOW SHE'S CHANGED: Olivia at the House Of The Dragon premiere

Vanity Fair star Olivia Cooke has revealed how a director told her to lose weight at 18 – and denied her a biscuit.

Vanity Fair star Olivia Cooke has told how a TV director told her to lose weight for a role when she was a slim teenager.

The actress, who is set to star in Game of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon, said her co-stars were forced to sneak food on set when she was 18 – and ten years on she says she is still traumatized by his comments.

At the time, Ms Cooke, now 28, appeared in two TV dramas – Blackout opposite Christopher Eccleston and The Secret Of Crickley Hall with Suranne Jones.

While both shows appeared on the BBC, they were produced by independent production companies.

She said: “I realized quite early on that aesthetics and how people perceive your body is quite important. In one of my first jobs, the director asked me to lose weight for the role. I was already really thin, but I was young. I was 18 so I had a chubby face because I was a kid. I was like, “Oh my God, I’m in the movie industry, someone asked me to lose weight.” It’s happening.”

HOW SHE'S CHANGED: Olivia at the House Of The Dragon premiere

HOW TO CHANGE: Olivia at the House Of The Dragon premiere

“I remember when the cast found out that he asked me to lose weight because I cut back on what I eat, so they started sneaking me food. I’m still traumatized to this day.’

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Ms Cooke, who played Becky Sharp in ITV’s dramatization of Vanity Fair, also said the man teased her with a plate of sugary snacks.

She added: “He went to give me a message and he had a big plate of biscuits in front of him.

‘He was eating cookies and he says, “Oh, not for you!” I was like, “Shut up!”

“I think it’s changed a bit now, but maybe they’re more cunning, they know how to express it now.”

The star, who is set to be unveiled as the face of Garrard jewellery, the Queen’s favourite, says she noticed she had cellulite at the age of nine but tries not to upset her body.

Teenage Olivia in The Secret of Crinkley Hall

Teenage Olivia in The Secret of Crinkley Hall

She said: ‘I remember staring at myself in the mirror and thinking, ‘I actually have cellulite’.

“Maybe it was good to know that women have cellulite, they have wobbly spots, and people are wobbly because they are fat, they have skin, they have texture. They’re just bodies.

“So I never tried to fight it because I know that’s not how my body should look.

‘Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I go down the Instagram rabbit hole of looking at artificial, photoshopped people’s bodies and things like that.’

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