The 35-year-old actress took to Instagram to issue her message, saying that it was “really hard to take the weight of thousands of opinions”.
“Hello! So just a thing- if you have an opinion about my body please, please don’t share it with me,” wrote Coughlan.
“Most people are being nice and not trying to be offensive but I am just one real life human being and it’s really hard to take the weight of thousands of opinions on how you look being sent directly to you every day.”
“If you have an opinion about me that’s ok, I understand I’m on TV and that people will have things to think and say but I beg you not to send it to me directly.” She added, “Anyways here’s a pic of me in my hotel in NY about to go on SNL, it’s unrelated to this post but delighted with my hair in it.”
Coughlan furthered her point by disabling the comments section of her post. The Derry Girls star has previously called out the practice of body-shaming actresses in a 2018 article for The Guardian, which she reshared via Twitter.
“Also can we please stop asking women about their weight in interviews, especially when it’s completely irrelevant,” she wrote in the comments. “I’m seeing a lot of interviews from 10 years ago where people go, “Oh weren’t the questions so inappropriate!” unfortunately it’s still happening.”
It’s so reductive to women when we’re making great strides for diversity in the arts, but questions like that just pull us backwards
— Nicola Coughlan (@nicolacoughlan) March 1, 2021
“It’s so reductive to women when we’re making great strides for diversity in the arts, but questions like that just pull us backwards,” she added.