Jordana Brewster was told to lose weight for movie roles

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Jordana Brewster is now determined to stay body-positive having spent years worrying about losing weight for film roles.

The 41-year-old mother-of-two is now happy with her weight after years fretting about her looks and waist size - an obsession she blames on the unrealistic body standards depicted by the media, and the notes she used to get on set telling her to shed the pounds.

"Ten years ago, I was so concerned about, 'How does my stomach look? How does my butt look?'" she told lifestyle website The Retaility. "I call it the Maxim era and the FHM era of, 'Yes, you have to be talented, but you also have to be a certain size and not too fat and not too skinny.'

"There was so much pressure on actresses to look a certain way and that's exhausting and such a waste of energy because instead of reading or focusing on your character, you're focused on 'How do I look right now and is it perfect enough?'... I used to get notes, 'They're asking you to lose some weight,' and I would carry that for years because how could you not?"

The F9 star is now much more comfortable in her skin - and made sure her character in the Fast & Furious franchise, Mia Toretto, had a functional as well as a stylish wardrobe in the latest instalment.

"When I watch TV, I'm like, 'Wow. It's so refreshing that the women can wear stuff that's not (revealing),'" she said of the inspiration behind her onscreen style choices.

"They're not being treated as sex symbols unless that's important to their character. That's awesome and it's reflecting life a little bit more. I think we're going in the right direction."

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