Of the many remarks actress Bella Thorne had to hear early in her career, there’s one audition line she can’t forget to this day.
The comment came from a director who saw romantic hints in young Bella’s behavior.
“I was 10 when I got an interesting review. They called my mom and my agent and told them they couldn’t give me the part because the director thought I was flirting with him and making him feel uncomfortable.” shares the actress on Emily Ratajkowski’s High Low podcast.
At first, the Disney star admits she felt bad and blamed herself. She replayed the meeting in her mind and looked for the actions with which she sent the wrong signals to the much older man.
But now that she goes back to this story, she’s genuinely furious that she was mentally punishing herself for something she didn’t do.
“I don’t care what I said. I don’t care if I said, Come eat me. I was 10! How could you think I was flirting? Also, the director’s sessions are very short. You come in, you read and you’re out. No there was a time when I sat on his lap and made him feel uncomfortable,” shares Bella.
In front of Emily Ratajkowski, she told that in the past, Disney Channel also sexualized her in her teenage years.
The company threatened to fire her because she wore a black cut-out lace swimsuit on the beach while filming Shake Off. At the time, the actress was 14 years old and told the podcast that she and her mother had no idea how inappropriate the swimsuit model could be.
“We didn’t think it was sexy. We thought it looked cute. But when Disney saw it, they weren’t happy. They threatened to fire me if I made another mistake like that. And they said I was lucky because of my huge fan base base are giving me a second chance,” says 25-year-old Thorne.
The actress, who maintains a fairly successful profile on the OnlyFans platform, is of the opinion that what is ridiculous in both cases is the notion of a child who can purposefully provoke sexual reactions.
According to her, these remarks are indicative of the way the industry treats young women. And model and podcast host Emily Ratajkowski agrees.
“If you wanted a story about Hollywood screwed up, pedophilia and the sexualization of children, you got it,” Ratajkowski says in the interview.