Christina Ricci tried to change to fit Hollywood standards

“There was definitely a period where I didn’t fit in with everything that was being done.”

Everyone says thank you to yellow jackets for giving us Christina Ricci in (arguably) her weirdest and most exciting role yet.

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The child star of the 90s – known for her hit roles in beloved cult classics like The Addams Family and caspar — revealed in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times that there was a point in her career where she felt compelled to change herself to meet industry standards for actresses.

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“I’ve done this all my life, so there’s nothing else I’m really going to do. I’ve always felt that way,” the 41-year-old said when asked if she had already thought about quitting. “But there was definitely a period where I didn’t fit in with everything that was being done.”

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She continued, “I was constantly asked where I should go to audition for romantic comedies and the things that were available for actresses my age, and I didn’t fit any of them because, I don’t know, I I’m just a different kind of actress.”

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In case you’re unfamiliar with Christina’s work, the second line of her Wikipedia page literally states that she’s “known for playing unconventional characters with a dark side.”

The mother-of-two shared that it was “a very difficult time. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the presence of mind that young women have at the moment. I tried very hard to change myself and m adapt to these kinds of plays and movies, and it never worked.”

Which brings me back to…yellow jackets, where Christina plays social outcast-turned-sociopath Misty. “There would be discussions to make her more accessible, but I felt like we’re now in a time and place where you don’t need to see yourself in character to be interested or even sympathize. It was difficult for me because I like to be bold, to make very strong choices and to go beyond.”

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She added, “Sometimes it might just be too much. Finding that balance where people thought she was still ‘relatable’, while still being true to the character I wanted to play, was difficult.”

Well, it looks like Christina and the Emmy she’s going to land this year will have the final say. And rightly so!

Head over to The Times to read Christina’s full Q&A.

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