Who caught the series premiere of Huge last night? If you didn't, the show centers around a group of plus-size teens attending a weight-loss camp. Nikki Blonsky (she was awesome in Hairspray) stars as Willamena, a girl whose fitness-obsessed parents force her to go to the camp. "Will doesn't want to change. Will is fine with who she is," Blonsky says of her character. "Even after she’s made fun of for days for wearing boys' clothes, having blue hair and not wearing any makeup, she doesn't care. She doesn't change and put on girls' clothing or lipstick.... And that's what I love about her." Read on for more from Nikki!
I Heart Daily: How does Huge break from a superficial perspective when compared to other teen-geared shows like 90210 or Gossip Girl? Nikki Blonsky: I hope it just breaks all the boundaries in Hollywood. I hope that there are a lot more plus-size characters as love interests, as everything, as all the different roles.I think this is the first time we've ever had a plus-size cast in a TV show. I couldn't be more honored than to be part of this one.
IHD: Do you see any standout celebrities making a positive impact on kids today growing up? NB: I think one of my best friends is such a good role model because he stayed true to himself. I’m talking about Zac [Efron]. There are a lot of great role models out there for kids right now -- Zac for guys.
IHD: How have you stayed motivated to make it as an actress when Hollywood is full of size two stars? NB: People have told me, "If you want to get a job you need to lose weight," and I said, “Okay, really, then you're not the person to be around me because I am who I am and I am this way for a reason.” If I wake up tomorrow morning and feel like losing five pounds, then maybe I will. If I don't, I won't. I just live life on my standards, on what I believe in... and I feel great about my body. I'm very secure in it. I have no problem doing anything, going to the beach, going to the pool. It's my body, it's mine.
IHD: Do you think Huge is going to inspire plus-size women to be confident in their skin? NB: Absolutely, because my character, I know for sure does not conform to losing weight. She will not conform to trying to look pretty like all of the other girls. She is herself and that's why I love her and that's why I feel so blessed to be playing her. There's no greater role to play than somebody who can be inspiring to somebody else.