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Tuesday 24 May 2016

Kathleen Turner: Skinny stars scare me

Published 08/05/2014

Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner is amazed that some young stars make thinness their sole pursuit.

The star rose to international prominence after her sexy role in 1981 drama Body Heat. She became known for her brazen confidence and famously claimed that if a man doesn't look at her "he's probably gay".

Now 59, Kathleen's looks and weight have changed as a result of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. This has lead to her belief that focusing on appearance shouldn't become the sole pursuit of young stars.

"The thinness is frightening," she shuddered to British newspaper Metro. "To make it a consideration all day, every day. I’d prefer to have a good meal.

"I was beautiful but I didn’t work at it like they do. I never went to the gym."

Kathleen adds that she was never worried about getting typecast in "sexy" roles. When she first started making it big in the industry she didn't understand how powerful her image was.

"You know, I was so naive," she mused. "Still am. When I arrived in LA, Michael Douglas, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, they would all call me up. And I thought: 'How nice, they are looking after me.' It was only later I found out it was a competition to see who could get the new girl.

"None of them [got me]! I’m an old-fashioned girl. Hell, I was married for 22 years."

These days, the actress is concerned with feeling good about herself.

"Sure, I could lose some weight," she considered. "But I feel good about myself. No one is sexy if they don’t like themselves. I don’t care how they look."

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