Harry Potter’s Jessie Cave Says She Was “Treated Like a Different Species” After Gaining Weight

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British star Jessie Cave went through a challenging transformation after joining the Harry Potter films, her first major acting role.

In an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Independent, published on Wednesday, June 30, the 34-year-old actress and writer recalled struggling emotionally and feeling that she was treated differently after she put on several pounds after making her debut at age 20 as Lavender Brown in the 2009 movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

"I gained a lot of weight after doing Harry Potter, just because I wasn't starving myself," the actress shared. "And I was growing up and that's just what happens."

Jessie reprised her role in the subsequent seventh and eighth films in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2. Filming on the series conclusion began in 2009, less than a year after wrapping production on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Jessie said that when she returned to reprise her role of Lavender, she "was treated like a different species." She did not elaborate on who behaved this way towards her.

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"It was horrible," she said. "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 8 [size 6 in the United States]. And in the previous film I had been, and now I was a size 12 [size 10 in the United States]. So that was horrible. It was a really uncomfortable experience."

Jessie described to the newspaper what it was like living in the Harry Potter spotlight. "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," she said. "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."

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In 2015, in another interview with The Independent, Jessie recalled how she felt at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which was released in July 2009 after being delayed for six months due to a recession. "And in that time, I gained a load of weight," the actress said. "I ended up going to the premiere looking like a Grayson Perry vase. After that, nothing happened. It was a really amazing wake-up call."

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