Those Havana Nights were not a good experience for Romola Garai.
The 34-year-old actress recalls working on the 2004 prequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, revealing that it opened her eyes to sexism in the movie industry.
During an interview with U.K.'s The Guardian
, Garai says a female producer on the film pointed to the then 17-year-old actress' legs on set and said, "'This isn’t good enough.'"
"It screwed me up for years," Garai says. "Not only did it completely change how I felt about my body, but I felt like I’d failed because I hadn’t fought back."
"I felt complicit, because I didn’t say no," she adds. "I signed off on Photoshopped images and felt terrible for perpetrating this… lie."
Even so, it did shape how she feels about misogyny today.
"It was my feminist epiphany," she shares, claiming that the film was "a cesspit of horrific misogyny."
"I did a bit of modelling when I was a teenager and, even then, nobody asked me to lose weight," she shares. "It’s different with film, because it’s not about weight, it’s about control. ... I never went back to Hollywood again."