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Holliday Grainger’s Spanx pain

Holliday Grainger had to wear Spanx while filming Bonnie and Clyde, because all of her outfits were so figure hugging.

The Manchester born actress plays Bonnie Parker in a new Lifetime TV miniseries about the infamous outlaw couple, who came to prominence in the 1930s.

Despite her slim frame she had to don a pair of Spanx, the body shaping underwear, while filming which wasn't always comfortable for her.

"Spanx were a necessity because the skirts were so figure hugging and they show off every little curve on your belly. They were my best friend on that job, but running around forests in woollen outfit, stockings and Spanx was roasting!" she laughed to British magazine Grazia.

"I even had to wear them in the lingerie scenes. There was something strangely unsexual about it. I felt like a toddler in these little shorts with Spanx underneath and shapeless bras. So unflattering."

Holliday was helped by costume designers on the set of Bonnie and Clyde to get a real feel for 1930s fashion.

She also sought inspiration from Bonnie Parker's actual diaries, which helped her to get into the mind-set of the villainous bank robber

"I lived and breathed Bonnie for a bit. I read her diaries, her letters and poetry. It was such an exciting role to play, and the costumes were just beautiful. It was all matching hats and belts and very try-hard in a way that isn't fashionable now," Holliday commented.

"The costume designer gave me mood boards for my trailer with all the front covers of ‘20s and ‘30s Vogue, which completely emulated Bonnie's style. It made me feel like a ‘20s model."

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