Rosamund Pike on photoshopping: ‘We’re losing our grip on what we really look like’

I Care A Lot:  Rosamund Pike as Martha. Photo Cr. Seacia Pavao / Netflix width=
Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike has a new movie out on Netflix called I Care A Lot. I haven’t seen the flick yet but it is in my queue to watch. I just want to see Rosamund playing another cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs character because the woman knows how to embody crazy. With a new movie comes press releases and movie posters. It would seem that Rosamund is not too cool about being augmented in movie posters. Rosamund told Kelly Clarkson that she has been photoshopped several times over the years. Rosamund said that her blue eyes were photoshopped brown in the press for Radioactive and that her breasts were made bigger in the Johnny English Reborn poster. She said she is sure these are not the only times she has been photoshopped, it’s just that she didn’t notice until she started looking at her past work. Here’s more of what she said, via Indiewire.

“For the poster for Johnny English [Reborn], my breasts were augmented,” she said. “In the poster for the character shot, I have got a very impressive chest, which I don’t have.”

Pike also said that for a more recent film, last year’s “Radioactive” in which she starred as Marie Curie, the color of her eyes was changed to her bewilderment.

“For ‘Radioactive,’ strangely, they made my eyes brown. I still don’t quite know why. Sort of browny-hazel color.”

She added, in the clip you can watch below, that she has also wondered how many other times her body had been photoshopped without her realizing.

“Those are the obvious times, right? When you do notice, ‘Oh, I’ve got brown eyes,’ or, ‘I’ve got massive breasts.’ But there’s probably countless times where our image is doctored and we don’t notice it,” she said. “Because I think we’re all losing our grip on what we really look like.”

Pike isn’t the only actress to call out being Photoshopped in publicity materials. Zendaya, another actress with a current Netflix film thanks to “Malcolm & Marie,” called out body modification done to her in Modeliste Magazine back in 2015, writing on Instagram, “Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have.”

[From Indiewire]

Rosamund is one of many celebrities who have spoken about unnecessary photoshopping. Priyanka Chopra famously spoke out about having her armpits, of all things, lightened, and Lady Gaga, Kate Winslet, and many other women have as well. I am not sure why the industry hasn’t caught on that photoshopping bodies is no longer en vogue. Photoshopping, in my opinion, has been a major contributor in the rise of body dysmorphia, especially amongst teenage girls. I am glad that Rosamund has added her voice to those who are trying to stop unnecessary photoshopping. We need to increase representation and expand the scope of what is considered beautiful. As a photographer the only editing I do is lighting and sometimes smoothing out skin if asked. Otherwise, what you see is what you get.

I look forward to seeing Rosamund in I Care A Lot. I do hope Rosamund and other celebrities continue to speak out about photoshopping, which can have unhealthy consequences.

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I Care A Lot:  Rosamund Pike as “Martha”. Photo Cr. Seacia Pavao / Netflix

photos credit: Seacia Pavao / Netflix and via Instagram

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  1. Midge says:

    I absolutely hated this movie, for so many reasons but not least of which, the lazy misogyny. Of course the thin, white, blonde, lesbian boss lady who exercises vigorously is psychotic. We need to be careful how we stereotype women, even yes, white women. And yes, making the character a lesbian was meant to garner even more contempt for her.

    • greenmonster says:

      I hated the movie so much.

      • Midge says:

        I like dark comedies. I like “depressing” films. It’s honestly very rare for me to hate a film. But there was nothing enjoyable about this experience. I had to mute the final 15 minutes because it was unbearable.

    • Celebitchy says:

      It made me mad too and I didn’t even watch it all, I fast forwarded through to the main scenes.

    • Shoop says:

      She’s a good actor but she couldn’t save that dross. Morally baffling, convoluted and just plain dumb film that wastes Diane Wiest: she should have been the lead!!! I was so angry by the end.

    • MF1 says:

      I mean, that was kinda the whole point of the movie? Pike’s character is an outsider (a woman, a lesbian, someone who was born poor). She wanted to gain and wealth in a capitalist, patriarchal, homophobic world, and the only way to do that was to cross ethical, moral and legal boundaries. Because our capitalist, patriarchal, homophobic world does not provide pathways for marginalized people to gain power.

      We are supposed to feel contempt for her, but more than that, we’re supposed to feel contempt for the society and systems that made her this way.

    • Bibz says:

      100% agreed

  2. Astrid says:

    I stopped watching a third of the way through. I was looking forward to the movie and ended up not liking it at all.

    • Midge says:

      Hated it. The shame is, it will end up doing well because it’s queued up on Netflix in a prominent spot and we are all home watching Netflix.

    • isabelle says:

      She was horrible horrible person and the ending made me HATE the movie. I seriously get angry when the elderly are targeted in real life and this movie made it as nothing more than a side story. Elder abuse is no joke and pretty gross the movie turned into a plot so the perfect blond white girl can win in the end. IT was gross.

  3. Seraphina says:

    I agree with her about the photoshopping. It’s gotten to the point where I see friends on social media using filters and what not to distort the truth of the aging process. And I am like, come on – who are you kidding???

    • molly says:

      She’s definitely right. Khloe Kardashian doesn’t even know what her own face looks like at this point, and neither do the rest of us.

  4. Jillian says:

    I loved the movie, but you need to watch it to the very end to reconcile those feelings. It’s not a comfortable film but Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage are fantastic, I’d love to see those two do another movie together in a totally different genre – terrific chemistry

    • Genevieve says:

      Absolutely loved it and her shameless character. I think people often look for a character to “root for” in film where that doesn’t actually have to be the case. She was magnificent in the movie and I laughed, smiled and even squealed once or twice at her badassery and enjoyed every minute of it. Hell, I was even mildly impressed by Eiza Gonzales who up until then hadn’t really shown skill. It thought it was great.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I agree. I thought it was great – depressing, dark, etc., but so well done and intriguing.
      I thought it was fascinating to watch two truly awful characters match wits and try to outmaneuver each other.

      Filters and photoshop have messed with people so badly, and not just celebrities. A family member is engaged to someone I haven’t met yet and don’t even know what she actually looks like, in every photo she filters herself into something barely human. High school classmates from 20 years ago post selfies so smoothed out they look 15 again, and then bask in the glow of everyone telling them how awesome they look. It’s all fake!

    • lemonylips says:

      I also liked it. I only mind how they totally left one character behind who, I think was very interesting. But I can’t talk about that ’cause I don’t want to spoil it. I would just love to have seen more dynamic within three players.

      • Sally says:

        Same, I know exactly what you mean and there should have been more interaction between them. Also I’m not quite sure what to think of the ending. One character came across as way too sympathetic imho, when he shouldn’t have.

  5. Marigold says:

    I feel the same way about filters. I won’t use them. I’m a 59 year old woman and I want to look like me. Of course I wear makeup. So maybe I’m being hypocritical?

    • Betsy says:

      Makeup generally does not change the fundamental appearance of a person’s face )im making the assumption you’re not doing instagram/drag levels of contour/highlight/brown covering type work). You look like you with makeup. I have a friend whose profile pic is her 80 pounds lighter, eyes bigger, nose smaller…

    • psl says:

      Same here. I am 50, and refuse to use any. Totally old school when it comes to photos.

  6. souperkay says:

    I really enjoyed this film for the way it turns the hero’s journey on its head. Marla is not a good person at the beginning of the film and when she is presented the hero’s journey by Chris Messina’s character she does not accept it but when forced through the unknown forest of dangers, she does not change. Her only goal throughout the film is to have enough money to use money as a weapon, even though she is shown to be hurting people to get it, even though people she loves are hurt for her to finally achieve it. She never changes, her goal never deviates: she was never the hero. Since she is not the hero or even anti-hero, despite being given the hero’s journey and the opportunity to change, she is a villain. This leads to one of the best examples I have seen recently of Chekhov’s gun. This film did not go where I thought it was going in the resolution but somewhere better. I was completely surprised by ending and liked the surprise.

    • Bexington says:

      I hope everyone who watches the movie realizes she is playing a psychopath who had zero conscience and don’t equate that with bad-assery or think this is a female empowerment movie. It’s a very dark topic that is based on reality. Read the New Yorker article about guardianship fraud, it’s horrifying.

      • souperkay says:

        I agree. I think that is what people are struggling with when watching this movie: Marla is given the opportunity to change but instead becomes a worse villain. She goes on a journey where she learns nothing and temporarily gains more villainy. This isn’t how our traditional journey stories are told. Our villain slayer in the film is also villainous. No one is wholly good as a character in this film and that goes against western style story telling which is probably why I loved it.

      • isabelle says:

        I’m over Hollywood glorifying psychopaths without showing how much damage they do to people. They glorify psychopathy as “sexy” and strong. Give me a movie or show when they show hoe much damage a s psychopath can cause to those around them. Over hollywoods self fap of the people in Hollywood as it filled with Psychos & Narcs.

      • Meg says:

        Wait its legal to do what her character did? jesus how depressing. How do you prevent that from happening?

  7. dawnchild says:

    The strangest photoshop I encountered is when I booked a studio session for a four-generation group photo, and they smoothed out my smile dimples…like why?! I had to tell them to put them back in! Didn’t ask for any photo shopping…they just seem to do it automatically…

  8. Case says:

    I worry about kids who are being brought up having access to all these filters. I can’t even imagine what that does to your body image to be able to change yourself to be “prettier” with the click of a button.

  9. Abby says:

    This makes me think about Keira Knightley and the cover of…. King Arthur? With the dramatic boob job they gave her. She had words to say about that too.

  10. Coolitude says:

    Kids look at all these Photoshop pics and then want to do surgery to look like that. You don’t look anymore like yourself and i am sure you are never happy in the end. Sad for thé young people

  11. S2 says:

    No comment on the movie, which I haven’t and don’t plan to see, but Pike’s point about losing touch with what people really look like is a good one, and one I’ve been ranting about personally for a long time. Working with college students, the body dysmorphia I see in both young women and young men is endemic. Beauty standards have almost always been unrealistic and awful but the normalization and ubiquity of completely fake—Photoshop, plastic surgery or both—faces and bodies has absolutely and completely distorted the views to the point where it’s hard to find even the most traditionally beautiful who don’t view themselves with some level of disgust and desire for modification. It causes so much damage.

  12. Susan says:

    Do you guys think we are kind of evolving past the big boobs photoshop Kardashian plastic craziness of the last decade(s)? One of the positives I see in my small life is that the level of artifice…fake tans, fake hair, overdone makeup, etc., is declining. In fairness I think the VSCO girls kinda started this prior to the pandemic but I feel like all that fake stuff is dying off. I work near a university and the girls are all very 90s natural looking these days which I find incredibly refreshing.

    • isabelle says:

      Possibly but they will be shopped to reflect whatever is popular at the time. IT will only get worse. Maybe the body size trend will change to super skinny soon…that is coming no doubt. However it will shopped no matter the body trend. Also, the nineties was herion chic and was pretty destructive for many women who were larger than a size 4. I get up with so many girls who starved themselves or had bulimia.I would never wish that decade of no boobs, no butt, built like stick with zero fat trend again. IT was horrible the first time around.

  13. Sal says:

    Priyanka Chopra Is a living breathing photoshop person so she shouldn’t really have an opinion on matters of beauty.when she accepts her dark brown eyes and stops whitening herself she can have an opinion again.