I’ve added photos of Jameela at recent events to the gallery.
Digital scans of Jameela in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar India have been added to the gallery.
Jameela Jamil knows she’s been lucky.
“My first audition was for ‘The Good Place,’ and [creator] Mike Schur gave me the job because he’s a very strange man who gave a complete novice who’d never acted before a job,” she jokes.
But it was a stroke of bad luck that made her the type of person who could land a major comedy role with no acting experience. When she was 17, Jamil was hit by a car, and a resulting back injury left her unable to walk for more than a year.
“My brother had to take me to the toilet every day,” she tells CNBC Make It. “There’s something about that that sort of gifts you perspective, and you realize that you shouldn’t be taking yourself too seriously and you shouldn’t be taking life for granted.”
She recovered, and says the experience permanently changed her perspective and made her someone who’s open to any new opportunity and willing to tackle any challenge.
“I’ve never been afraid of embarrassing myself or getting something wrong or failing, and therefore, whenever an opportunity comes my way that I think could be a fun thing to do — even if it means I will be nationally shamed and humiliated — I go for it.”
Jamil was 21 and working as an English teacher when she was approached one night by a man at a London pub about auditioning to become a TV host.
“I’d never wanted to be on television. I had never done anything. I had no experience, but I just thought, ‘Yes, I will go to that,‘” she says, adding, “Well, at first I said ‘No,’ and then he said it was £1,000 a day and I was like, ‘Yes, please.’”
Jamil auditioned and got the job as a TV presenter on T4, a music and pop culture-focused station on U.K. television.
“Overnight, I became a TV presenter on one of the biggest TV shows in the United Kingdom, which I was wholly unprepared for and didn’t really become good at for like another year, which was mortifying to have to learn that publicly on television,” says Jamil. “But I did it anyway. I sucked it up and I took the criticism and I kept going.”
In 2012, Jamil was recruited by BBC Radio 1 to join as a DJ, and by the following year she was promoted and became the first woman ever to host The Official Chart on BBC Radio 1, a position she held until 2015.
Despite her success on the program — she claims to have brought 200,000 new listeners to the program — U.K. tabloids tended to focus on her appearance.
“I myself was fat-shamed nationally by the U.K. tabloid papers,” she says. That experience prompted Jamil to speak up about issues of body image. In 2014, Jamil spoke to the House of Commons about body positivity and the media’s portrayal of young women and girls. It’s a message she remains passionate about today.
Though things were going well for Jamil professionally, a cancer scare in 2015 prompted her to rethink her career trajectory. “I’d been told I was too old, too fat and too ethnic to try and make it into America at 28,” she says. Still, after learning that she was not sick, she quit her job and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full-time.
A few months after she arrived, Jamil got an audition for a career-making part— the role of Tahini on “The Good Place.” She had no acting experience, and the show was so secretive that she didn’t even know what the character was.
Then she got lost on her way to the audition.
“There was a beautiful Indian woman walking up the road,” she says, “and the casting was for a ‘wealthy-looking South Asian woman.’ And so I walked up to her and I asked her if she was going to this audition. She said no. And I said, ‘Well, okay can you show me where this is?’ And she said, ‘Oh yeah, no, you’re in the wrong place. It’s way down this road.’”
Jamil followed the woman’s directions for 10 minutes before realizing she was headed the wrong way. She turned back and realized the address she had been looking for was hidden behind a bush. “I walk in, she’s in the audition! She was an actress! She was there! She was walking into my slot!”
But despite those early challenges, Jamil nailed the audition — with the help of a few fabrications. “I also told the casting director that I had acting experience, which was a lie. I told her I’d been onstage, but I was talking about my school days,” she says. When Schur asked if she had improv comedy experience, she fibbed once again. “I was like, ‘I love Improv! Did loads of that on the theater in England!’”
When her agent called to tell her she’d gotten the role, Jamil says she sat down in the middle of the street in disbelief.
“I’ve had a great experience in Hollywood, to be honest,” she says. “Sickeningly so, because I got so lucky with that audition and I got to have an amazing cast to work and I got to learn how to act from Ted Danson — and Mike Schur is the greatest boss of all time.”
Jamil is quick to emphasize the combination of talent and good fortune that have gotten her where she is today. “I think it’s important to acknowledge luck,” she says. “I have been very lucky, but I am also bright and I’m very strong and I’ve survived a lot of things and I am tenacious, and that comes from a lot of bad experiences. I think that my tenacity has definitely been more helpful to my career than talent or the aesthetic.”
Today, she remains vocal in conversations about weight and women’s appearances. In 2018, Jamil founded the “I Weigh, ” movement which encourages young women and girls to talk about what makes them valuable beyond their physical appearance. She says her activism has “evolved from body positivity to life positivity.”
Since launching I Weigh, Jamil has caught headlines for calling out brands like Avon for body-shaming women and celebrities like Cardi B and the Kardashians for promoting weight-loss products like “tummy teas,” laxatives and appetite suppressant lollipops to young women and girls.
Jamil seems to be having an impact. Avon issued an apology about the ad she tweeted about, and Kim Kardashian deleted an ad for appetite suppressant lollipops from her Twitter and Instagram feeds that was rebuked by Jamil and her followers.
While Jamil appreciates these victories, she remains committed to progress — personally and professionally. “For me, trying is the win, and I think that that has helped me through my life. I think if I have the, not big balls, the big ovaries to go and try something, then I think that that is the win, and everything else is just cake.”
Source: CNBC make it
“I’m not just going to play the nagging, annoying girlfriend. I want a role that’s actually challenging and nuanced,” ‘The Good Place’ star says.
“I don’t cancel the Kardashians, or Iggy Azalea or Cardi B,” Jameela Jamil told Charlamagne tha God on the most recent episode of Emerging Hollywood. Jamil famously called out the women on social media for their promotion of weight loss beverages. “I’m not cancelling them, I’m reprimanding them. It’s fine to call someone out. You’re offering them the opportunity of changing,” she says.
“Oppressive beauty standards,” as Jamil calls them, affected her deeply as a child. “I was fully anorexic by the time I was about thirteen. I wasn’t menstruating. My body was letting me know that I was dying from the inside,” Jamil explains.
Jamil argues the entertainment industry has a big hand in circulating these ideas, telling Charlmagne, “I think entertainment is such a beautiful and important thing to do. I’ve been on the receiving end of how much it can save your life when you’re down. But also, the entertainment industry has some rotten parts that we’re trying to slowly lift out. I have to do something to rally against it, otherwise I feel like I’m a traitor to women and to young people.”
The Good Place star is careful not to have her activism or “wokeness” appear at all performative, saying, “I completely understand if people distrust me. I look like the enemy. I’m slim, I fit within society’s conventional attractiveness and I am an actress. Why would anyone trust me?” Jamil went on to conclude, “I’m not going to stop because people doubt me, and most people support me.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Photos of Jameela attending the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards have been added to the gallery.
Jameela is featured in the March issue of Allure. I’ve added photos from the magazine, plus 4 new TCA portraits, to the gallery.
Jameela Jamil is steadfast in her mission to end body shaming and promote body positivity. She’s even received criticism over the years for being attractive and thin and thus somehow being a hypocrite for it. But the The Good Place actress will not stop promoting a positive body message for the new generations. She does not want anyone to harm their physical and mental health by obsessing over their looks. Time and time again, she has criticized other celebrities for endorsing detox diets on social media platforms. Jameela Jamil believes that it sends a dangerous message to the younger generation that can physically harm them. That is why she is urging everyone to sign this petition that bans celebrities from selling detox diets on social media.
Why Jameela Jamil Started this Petition
The Indian-British actress is concerned for the dangerous message the detox diets endorsements are sending. Jameela Jamil believes that celebrities have personal training coaches, nutritionists, chefs and surgeon. It allows them to get that ideal body image we see on the screens. Moreover, the final versions undergo heavy Photoshop edits that completely transform the real image.
Sending out a message that a mere detox diet will enable you to achieve the body image of your favorite celebrity like Cardi B is incredibly dangerous. In fact, Jameela Jamil declares this as ‘false and irresponsible advertising’.
It is part of a pervasive and disturbing rhetoric that preys upon eating disordered behavior and the new trend of “quick fix” that relies upon a naive and vulnerable customer who is not educated as to the full list of health implications these products and diet restrictions can bring.
Hence, this petition started from the socially active Jameela Jamil.
Jameela Jamil’s Past Struggles Inspired Her On this Body Positivity
Previously, The Good Place actress opened about her own self-image problems and insecurities in her teenage. Jameela stated that these Photoshopped and ideal body images portrayed on the big screens lead to her being very insecure about herself. Consequently, Jameela Jamil fell victim to anorexia. And the actress damaged her own physical health. Thus, after suffering a lot she does not want to see the new generation face the same kind of problems she did.
She even started a campaign on social media called i_weigh. On it, ordinary people send photos of themselves along with personality traits they associate with. It’s to promote a healthy and body positive environment on Instagram where people can showcase their true selves. And be proud of it!
You can sign the petition here at change.org.
Jameela Jamil took Avon to town over a new marketing campaign promoted on their website.
“The Good Place” actress wondered how Avon’s new campaign could promote the idea that “every body is beautiful” in one sentence and help “soften stretch marks” in the next.
And yet EVERYONE has dimples on their thighs, I do, you do, and the CLOWNS at @Avon_UK certainly do. Stop shaming women about age, gravity and cellulite. They’re inevitable, completely normal things. To make us fear them and try to “fix”them, is to literally set us up for failure pic.twitter.com/78kqu3nHeE
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) January 19, 2019
Jamil, 32, slammed Avon’s #NakedProof campaign. The promotional material suggested, “dimples are cute on your face (not on your thighs).”
“And yet EVERYONE has dimples on their thighs, I do, you do, and the CLOWNS at AVON certainly do,” Jamil argued. “Stop shaming women about age, gravity and cellulite. They’re inevitable, completely normal things. To make us fear them and try to ‘fix them’ is to literally set us up for failure.”
“Shame on Avon and any publication that allows this sort of abusive advertising,” Jamil continued. “My timeline is full of women saying adverts like these are why they are afraid to be naked in front of lovers or to wear a swimsuit. You are being robbed of your money and self-esteem.”
Avon responded to Jamil on Twitter. “Hi Jameela, Naked Proof is not an Avon UK Campaign and will not be featured in any of our materials,” they assured. “We are looking into this further.”
Every body is beautiful, unless they have any “flaws” I guess. What a gross abuse of the body positive movement. I want you all to look out for this constant manipulation. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. It’s everywhere. You are constantly being manipulated to self hate. pic.twitter.com/cUnV8N3lD8
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) January 19, 2019
That response did not satisfy Jamil and soon Avon apologized for the advertisement. “Hi Jameela, we intended this to be light-hearted and fun, but we realize we missed the mark,” the company confessed. “We’ve removed this messaging from all marketing materials. We support our community in loving their bodies and feeling confident in their own skin.”
Jamil is not shy of protesting marketing practices she believes promote unrealistic body standards. She has publicly denounced the likes of Kim Kardashian and Cardi B in the past.
Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada
Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders, HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen, ‘The Good Place’ actress Jameela Jamil and musician Ciara are also set to speak at the annual women’s summit.
The Makers Conference has unveiled another stacked lineup for its 2019 edition.
Feminist author and icon Gloria Steinem, actress and Red Table Talks host Jada Pinkett Smith, musician Ciara, activist Tarana Burke, Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders and HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen are set to headline this year’s annual women’s summit, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
Other names on the 2019 roster for the event, which runs from Feb. 6-8 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California, include McKinsey partner emeritus Joanna Barsh, author and Together Rising founder Glennon Doyle and Backstage Capital founder and CEO Arlan Hamilton.
In addition to its starrier guests, the three-day, conversation-focused conference will also feature what it is calling “hidden figures”: They include Barbara “Dusty” Roads, an activist who fought against gender discrimination at airlines in the 1950s and 1960s; Diana Trujillo, a Columbian aerospace engineer at NASA and the mission lead for the Mars Curiosity rover; and female firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Other speakers will be announced in the lead-up to the event.
“We could not be more thrilled to continue our Makers Conference tradition for the fifth year, opening more unique dialogues and driving game-changing action items with the world’s top female leaders across all sectors,” Dyllan McGee, founder and executive producer of the Makers Conference, said in a statement. “Makers believes in the power of all voices. Through our annual conference and growing Makers@ program, we continue to provide companies with the essential tools they need to foster and retain increased workplace diversity, helping to grow cultures of greater inclusivity.”
“A cornerstone of the women’s movement, The Makers Conference has become an annual gathering that drives the cultural conversation around equality, ” Lori Bongiorno, general manager of Makers, added. “The highly anticipated fifth conference will once again give our audiences unprecedented access to these thoughtfully curated discussions.”
At last year’s Makers Conference, which gathered Jane Fonda, Ava DuVernay, Natalie Portman, Lena Waithe, Sheryl Sandberg, Karlie Kloss, Uzo Aduba, Jessica Biel, Malcolm D. Lee and Lena Dunham, among others, Portman during a panel on Time’s Up described male-dominated film sets in which women were kept separated. “We all have stories to tell, and we need to stop being silent about injustice,” the actress said.
Those who can’t make it to Dana Point to see the conference can see it live-streamed at the Makers Conference website and on the Makers Conference Facebook page. Makers says that last year more than 6 million people worldwide watched its live stream.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter