While many fans may remember Sam Claflin showing off his ripped abs during both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as well as Me Before You, it would seem that the actor is actually quite insecure in terms of his body. Although the actor has certainly shown off the fact that he can get into shape, that does not mean that he has not had to deal with body issues of his own.
According to PEOPLE, during a recent interview, Sam Claflin explained that he is insecure following instances in which he was body shamed while on set of projects. While explaining his insecurities and where they stem from, the actor shared that while he was on one job in particular they had him lift his shirt up and then they proceeded to grab his fat and tell him that he needed ” to lose a bit of weight.” This was not the only instance in which something like this happened either.
During another instance, Sam Claflin said that, “they were slapping me. I felt like a piece of meat.” These instances of body shaming on set led to the actor saying that he had read a recent interview in which he saw that men apparently have it just as bad on set as women when it comes to these problems. While he does not feel that men have it quite as bad as women do on set, he did say that men do in fact face body shaming but it is not something that is ever really talked about.
While Sam Claflin said that men do not have it quite as bad as women in terms of dealing with body shame he did share that he tends to deal with anxiety when it comes time for him to have to undress while on set. He said that while it may not be as bad for him as it is for women on set, he knows that for him personally there are insecurities that he has to deal with. Besides being insecure, he also gets nervous when he has to take off his shirt. Ultimately, he will find himself getting so worked up that he finds himself spending countless hours in the gym and skipping meals for weeks in order to achieve a body that he thinks people may be looking for.
Although Sam Claflin is sharing his own experiences dealing with insecurities about his body and dealing with body shaming, it is clear that he feels that actors are held to a different standard than others and it is one that is less than ideal. As the actor pointed out, while there seems to be a filter of sorts on society that is set to make certain body images seem as if they are normal, this is “actually anything but normal.”
What do you think of the actor sharing his insecurities while talking about male body shaming? Do you think he has a point in terms of how society views celebrities? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
By Dorothea James
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