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"Harry Potter" Star Jessie Cave Said She Was "Treated Like A Different Species" After Gaining Weight Before Shooting The "Deathly Hallows" Movies

"It was horrible."

Jessie Cave opened up about body image pressure while playing Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter movies.

If you need a quick refresher, Jessie made her Harry Potter debut in 2009's The Half-Blood Prince — after being cast from an open audition of more than 7,000 people.

Ron Weasley and Lavender Brown having a conversation

In an interview with the Independent, Jessie said, “I gained a lot of weight after doing Harry Potter, just because I wasn’t starving myself — and I was growing up, and that’s just what happens."

Lavender Brown leans forward as Professor Snape and Harry Potter look on

However, when Jessie came back to film the first and second Deathly Hallows movies, she said, "I was treated like a different species. It was horrible."

Ron Weasley stands in the foreground as Lavender Brown looks at him

She continued, "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 [US size 4]. In the previous film, I had been [that size], and now I was a size 12 [US size 8]. So that was horrible. It was a really uncomfortable experience."

Lavender sitting in the stands during a Quidditch match

Jessie's body insecurities went on to shape her relationship with work: "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 fucked up, but it’s just how it is. Women have to deal with that all the time.”

Jessie wearing a bow in her hair

All in all, the body image standards and the constant rejection took a toll on Jessie. About auditioning for roles, she said, "I definitely went crazy in my early twenties, thinking, But they said they liked me and that I was perfect for it? But then you realize there’s 100 other girls who are as good as you, if not better, maybe prettier, maybe thinner, and they’re perfect for it.”

Jessie posing on a red carpet in a floral-print dress and tights

However, Jessie said that this all contributed to her ending up on the career path she is now: as a successful comedian and writer. "If I’d stayed thin — unnaturally thin, unhappily thin — I would have probably got more acting roles, and then I wouldn’t have started writing," she said. "Then I don’t know who I would be now, because writing is who I am.”

A smiling, bespectacled Jessie with long hair

You can read the full interview here.