Lili Reinhart: ‘I’m never going to have abs. Abs are made in the kitchen’

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Lili Reinhart covers the latest issue of DuJour, I think to promote Riverdale, which is in its fifth season. Lili spent much of the past year in Canada, working on Riverdale in a production bubble, and it changed her. She was only able to go home to LA one time during the year. She missed her friends and family, she was lonely but she learned to enjoy doing her own thing by herself too. Every time I read about Lili or I read one of her interviews, I’m impressed by how down-to-earth she is. She genuinely seems like a normal person who just happened to find herself on a popular show. During the interview, she speaks about her own battles with body image. She’s spoken about body dysmorphia and how tough it is to judge her own body against everyone else’s hyper-edited photos. It honestly sounds like she had some bad moments in her own head during the pandemic:

Her book of poetry, Swimming Lessons, was published last year. “I’m not a masterful poet by any means,” says Reinhart, who adds that sharing Swimming Lessons with her fans was both “vulnerable” and “experimental.” “I’m still not 100 percent confident in who I am as a writer. People tell me they really relate to the poetry, and that’s all I could ask for.”

Not being able to travel during the pandemic: “It was the first year of my life that I wasn’t with my family on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can’t have that much of a pity party [for myself] because the entire world is dealing with this, but it’s been a long season. We feel the isolation of being here. I know how lucky I am to have this job and I’m thankful to be working.”

She’s tight with Riverdale cast members Madelaine Petsch & Camila Mendes: “We’ve leaned on each other through this time, and we’re just getting closer. But we still miss our families and, ironically, we all bought homes in Los Angeles this last year and we’re not able to be in them.”

Her new home: In the early days of the pandemic, when Riverdale (and the world) was on hiatus, Reinhart purchased her first home in the Valley. “I needed a yard,” she says. Her mother told her she had time to look, and so she did. At first, Reinhart was sleeping in her new home on an air mattress, and there’s still a lot to be done—including more furniture and art for the walls. But while she’s not using her new abode, she told her friends back in L.A., “Go enjoy my house while I can’t. It makes me feel good that I have a spot that my friends can use.”

How she feels more than a year after the pandemic began: “I’m definitely not the same person I was when I had to flee Canada [in March 2020]. My focus has been on myself, looking inward and trying to grow.” This last year has grounded her, she says. It’s helped her be more present: “I’ve been working on taking the pressure off myself, and stress doesn’t affect me as much.”

She had a period where she spent too much time working out & focused on her body image. “I think I had too much time on my hands. I’m single, so I’m very zeroed in on me right now. I was really being hard on myself for not working out a certain way or eating a certain way. And I just had to say, ‘It’s a f–king pandemic. I need to give myself a f–king break. I am doing just fine. I need to cut myself some slack.’ I’m never going to have abs. Abs are made in the kitchen, and I had Dairy Queen and chicken parm last night. And that’s okay. I’m learning to accept that in myself. I’m not a fitness model. I’m never going to be able to maintain that. I’m not going to not eat the ice cream.”

She loves TikTok: It’s a “beautiful community of all shapes and sizes cheering each other on. It’s not amazing to see someone on Instagram calling me fat, but people are never going to stop body-shaming. It’s a matter of what I can do to make myself feel better about that. My body is a journey that I have with myself.”

[From DeJour]

Her whole thing about “I’m never going to have abs” and “I was really being hard on myself for not working out a certain way” made me so sad. This young woman is gorgeous and she has an incredible figure! Why does society/Hollywood do this to women who simply have some curves? That’s all it is, that’s what Lili is focused on – she’s not ripped because that’s not her body type, that’s all. And I keep hearing second-hand stories about how women are going to TikTok in droves to find niche communities of women for their specialized interests. Has TikTok become the social media app for women to hang with other women??

Photo and cover courtesy of DuJour.

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  1. Lala11_7 says:

    Knowing a couple of bodybuilders…the way they eat and work out is like watching scientists in a lab…it’s exhausting thinking about it …the results are cool for them…but their world is dedicated to maintaining the proper nutrients & supplements to stay ripped…

    I OVERSTAND if Lili is saying she’s not about that life…I just hope it’s not something that haunts her…because she’s gorgeous 😍

  2. Sally says:

    Yeah, I have the complete opposite impression of TikTok, I’m sorry. There might be less airbrushed “perfection” than on IG, but there’s just as much bullying and BS. Also people are way more in a bubble yet exposed at the same time it’s rather interesting.

    • caela says:

      Coming here to defend tiktok lol. I have learnt so much from queer folk, poc, disabled people, indigenous people, fat community, therapists. The content is what you teach the algorithm about yourself. I asked it to show me people with different lives than mine so I could understand more and now I’m a raving liberal and I love it! I feel like I’ve found my community.

      • Alexandria says:

        I agree with Caela. Tiktok taught me so many things and made me laugh much more. And I can click not interested on things that don’t interest me or is not healthy for my self esteem.

      • Sally says:

        That’s actually what I’m talking about. Please don’t go to tiktok for education. It’s unchecked echo chambers galore where opinions are treated like facts or absolutes. I’m glad that you feel you’ve become more liberal and I’m all for people learning about experiences that are not their own, but please stay critical of the things you see there and remember that that algorithm is as evil as the rest of them.

  3. questions says:

    I thought she did have abs. She can wear a belly shirt, no problem. Hollywood must do a number of these actress’ minds. Or I don’t understand what abs actually are.

    • Moneypenny says:

      “Abs” generally means you have visible abdominal muscles. It isn’t just having a flat stomach.

      • questions says:

        Fair enough. But I feel like she could possibly have that as well — not necessarily the kind body builders have with the several ridges going up and down and across and all over along with the strong thighs, but the kind I see actresses generally sport. Imo, she doesn’t look that different from other actresses in terms of a flat stomach, and I always see magazines referring to their abs.

  4. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    My brother was a bodybuilder, not ridiculous muscles but I still ridiculed lol. His monthly diet changed every day hitting many levels of building up then dieting down closer to competitions. It. Was. Insane. That kind of adherence to meticulous schedules and lists put me in a straightjacket and thrown in a padded cell. I hope young women can begin to loosen the mental elastic which strangles. But unfortunately, I fear it’s part of being young and trying to be as beautiful as possible.

    • questions says:

      With Instagram, the pressure seems to be a lot more. People have always wanted to be pretty, but how you can improve your looks seems to be all that regular people (influencers?) seem to talk about on social media nowadays. Maybe it seemed less annoying when only the models and a couple of magazines were giving advice (and it was never in our faces all the time). Now that everyone’s second cousin wants to share advice, I want to mute most people. Most of the advice seems designed to actually showcase how good they look in a still photograph (for whatever reason) rather than giving me information I didn’t know already.

  5. Lea says:

    I really love Lili Reinhardt. She is down to earth and she seems like a nice person. She has a great singing voice, she acts, she produces movies, she writes poetry…. I also like her because she seems a bit more shy than the average Hollywood girl her age, and it doesn’t seem like she is pretending to be mysterious like some other girls do.