Renee Rapp became aware of a dark period in her career.
Before you release music and play along The Sex Life of College GirlsThe 23-year-old singer had her big break for the first time with the portrayal of the queen bee Regina George Broadway‘S mean girls at only 19 years old. While most would think this would have been the thrill of a lifetime, Reneé’s experience wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Instead, it sounds like she went through hell dealing with some bad IRL girls.
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In an interview with The guard released on Wednesday, the Too good The singer claimed she was often physically shamed by production staff during the performance of the musical. She told the outlet that she was struggling with an eating disorder at the time. And her struggle with it worsened when the team “said some disgusting things to me about my body.” WTF! To put it in the words of Gretchen Wieners: This is NOT an eye-catcher!!!
According to Reneé, before the coronavirus pandemic, the body shaming got so bad that her parents had to travel to New York City to try to have her removed from the show “for fear of the impact on her health.” So awful. Leave mean girls was ultimately the right choice for her overall health. However, her parents are “more concerned than ever,” she said tattoos Artists shifted their focus from acting to music “because now they know more.” Reneé explained that they are also worried about her as she is still struggling with her eating disorder:
“Eating disorders don’t just go away and say you’re cured, like, ‘Sorry, I can eat again, ha ha!’ It’s a lifelong thing. There are struggles with addiction and whatever. I’m still struggling with this but at least my parents know I was taken out of environments that were really detrimental to my illness which is awesome and a huge win. Worrying as hell, but chilling I guess.”
Why did she speak about this terrible situation? The actress shared that she was happy to speak out about these important things after “suffering in silence for so many years.” And being open and honest about their mental health and eating disorder will undoubtedly help others who are struggling feel less alone.
Interestingly, however, Reneé decided to reprise her role as Regina in the film version of the musical, despite her trying times. Hopefully she’ll have a better experience on the set of the film than she did on Broadway. Reactions, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments below. You can also read along with her entire interview The guard HERE.
If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, help is available. Consider a visit or call the hotline at (800)-931-2237 for resources.
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