AceShowbiz - Jessie Cave is opening up about her past trauma. In a new interview, the Lavender Brown depicter in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" recalled a "horrible" moment of her being treated "like a different species" after she gained weight on set of the popular wizard fantasy film series by J. K. Rowling.
"I gained a lot of weight after doing Harry Potter, just because I wasn't starving myself," the 34-year-old actress shared during an interview with The Independent published on Wednesday, June 30. "And I was growing up and that's just what happens." She added that when she returned to reprise her role of Lavender, she "was treated like a different species."
"It was horrible. It was probably more me and my insecurity, knowing that I wasn't fitting into the same size jeans, but it wasn't a time where actresses were any bigger than a size eight," Jessie continued. she explained further, "And in the previous film I had been, and now I was a size 12. So that was horrible. It was a really uncomfortable experience."
Jessie also revealed how her body image issues impacted her career after completing the filming. "But you get a bit bigger, or you're not as relevant, and it goes off, and you have to make your way in the dark," the "Black Mirror" alum admitted. She then opened up, "I definitely felt invisible when I gained a little bit of weight. And since then, it's made me have weird issues with weight and work. And it's so f**ked up, but it's just how it is. Women have to deal with that all the time."
The "Summerhill" star has since discovered a new interest to pursue, writing. "If I'd stayed thin -- unnaturally thin, unhappily thin -- I would have probably got more acting roles, and then I wouldn't have started writing," she speculated. "And then I don't know who I would be now because writing is who I am. I'm almost grateful that I gained all that weight."
Jessie made her debut as Lavender Brown in 2009's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the sixth film in the franchise. She reprised her role in the final movies, 2010's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II".