Olivia Colman was the picture of elegance as she picked up her Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe this awards season. She even managed to make blowing a raspberry look good. But don’t expect her to be told what she should and shouldn’t look like.
“God help anyone who tries to suggest … If anyone told me I was too fat for a role, I’d have them,” she said matter of factly.
In fact for her award winning role in ‘The Favourite’ in which she played Queen Anne she gained two stone and a half stone and loved it – until it was time to lose it again.
“I had to put on a lot of weight for it, so that was quite fun,” she said. “She was very big and he [director Yorgos Lanthimos] wanted to see that on camera and I didn’t want to use prosthetics, so I spent a few months eating, which was enjoyable, but then became quite depressing. Because it goes on so easily but, gosh, it doesn’t come off as easily!”
Olivia did have some help shifting the weight she put on to play the royal and had hour long workouts three times a week with celebrity trainer Dalton Wong.
She’s also not shy about admitting she’s never been adverse to some additional cosmetic help.
“I have done Botox and I loved it but I’ve done it when I know there is a big gap [between roles],” she admitted. “I didn’t tell my husband and then for about six months he kept saying, ‘Hello, Pretty!’ and then I told him and he found it hilarious.”
Despite her fascination with the popular cosmetic procedure Olivia remains incredibly natural. Her pixie cut and fresh faced make-up for the Oscars worked wonders with her bespoke Prada gown and yet she’s still not comfortable in front of the camera when she’s playing herself.
“I have never felt confident having to do any photographs or red carpet,” Olivia said. “Being someone else is easy; being me is torture during those events.”
So she does well to hide her discomfort even using her platform as an artist to shoot down ageism .
After her prestigious Golden Globe win a journalist addressed Olivia’s age – as if beginning her career in her 20s made her a late bloomer. ”If I’m correct, you started acting in television and film a bit later in your career?” he asked.
To which she cut in and pointed out: ”I’m not sure what ‘later’ means. How long do you have to be acting for it to be later? I was in my 20s. I think that’s perfectly reasonable.”
It was followed up with another question along the same lines by a different member of the press who asked her about roles for “older women”.
Despite her surprise she graciously responded: “I’ve been lucky. In the UK, I think I’ve always found work, and I feel very fortunate. And I don’t know why, but there are more and more parts being written. The older you get, the more you have to say, the more that’s happened.”
And with her loved ones surrounding and supporting her she feels her happiest and most attractive.
“I’m not a pin-up, thankfully. I’m not suggesting I feel unconfident . I am beautiful to my husband. I am beautiful to my friends. I feel sexy and all those things with the people I love.”