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Kate Beckinsale opens up about being body-shamed by director Michael Bay

The gorgeous actress says the director was “baffled” by her looks and hinted that she wasn’t overly attractive
Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous stars in Hollywood, but not everyone is a fan of the brunette beauty’s looks.

According to the British star, her Pearl Harbour director Michael Bay had quite a few things to say about her appearance while filming took place on the WWII drama – and none of them were very complimentary.

“I don’t think I fitted the type of actress Michael Bay the director had met before,” she shared on an episode of the Graham Norton Show, according to Digital Spy.

Kate says Michael made some unflattering comments about her appearance while working on Pearl Harbor. Photo: Getty

“I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde,” she continued, adding that she was also asked to hit the gym for her role in the movie.

“I’d just had my daughter and had lost weight, but was told that if I got the part, I’d have to work out. And I just didn’t understand why a 1940s nurse would do that,” she continued.

It didn’t stop there, however. According to Kate, during the promotional tour for the movie, Michael was asked about his reasons for casting Kate and her co-stars Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett.

“He said, ‘I have worked with Ben before and I love him, and Josh is so manly and a wonderful actor,’” she revealed.

“Then when he was asked about me, he’d say, ‘Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience.’”

Megan Fox also spoke out about working with the director, despite later returning to work with him on a separate project. Photo: Getty

Ouch! Of course, Kate isn’t the only actress speaking out about her experience working with Michael. Megan Fox, who starred in two of the Transformers films alongside Shia LaBeouf, compared the director to Hitler during a 2009 interview with Wonderland magazine.

“He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane infamous mad-man reputation,” she said.

“He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward.”

The actress later played down the seriousness of her comments, and went on to work with Michael again on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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