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‘RHOBH’ Star Teddi Mellencamp Opens Up About Being Told to Lose 20 Lbs. For An Acting Job

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Forget Throwback Thursday. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp brought her followers Fearless Friday. The accountability coach posted her headshot from 1999. Accompanying the photo was an emotional story of Teddi’s first years in Los Angeles, trying to book acting jobs at 17-years-old.

RHOBH’s Teddi Mellencamp Recalls The Time She Was Body Shamed

While Teddi is, of course, the daughter of famous musician John Mellencamp, she was determined to make her own way in L.A. She worked two jobs and lived in a small apartment with a roommate she met at an acting class.

“I had big dreams of becoming an actress (original, I know),” she recalled. “During the day I worked in the CAA mailroom; the evenings as a restaurant hostess. After about a year meeting anyone I could, I finally signed with a manager and started auditioning. When I got a callback for a pilot, I thought my life was about to change.”

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I moved to Los Angeles right after high school. I was 17-years-old. I had big dreams of becoming an actress (original, I know). During the day I worked in the CAA mailroom; the evenings as a restaurant hostess. I shared a studio apartment with a girl I met in acting class. After about a year meeting anyone I could, I finally signed with a manager and started auditioning. When I got a callback for a pilot, I thought my life was about to change. And while yes, this moment did change my life forever, it wasn’t in the way I expected. Because when casting called my manager to tell them they loved me but wanted to talk about me losing 20lbs… I was angry. Heart broken. Embarrassed. I carried that chip on my shoulder until I learned how to turn it into positivity. So if anybody has put you down, made you feel less-than, or has you questioning your self-worth, I’m here to tell you: You are beautiful. You are smart. And you are worth feeling your very best. #fbf #1999

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Teddi then shared the casting director did not call to offer her a job. Instead, she was told to lose 20 lbs. She said she felt angry, heartbroken and embarrassed. The RHOBH star admits to carrying a chip on her shoulder for years before she turned the situation into a positive experience.

Read Teddi’s Heartfelt Words to Her Fans

Under the headshot of her 17-year-old self, Teddi had this encouraging message to her supporters about knowing your worth:

“So if anybody has put you down, made you feel less-than, or has you questioning your self-worth, I’m here to tell you: You are beautiful. You are smart. And you are worth feeling your very best. #fbf #1999.”

The reality star will have her chance as a movie star in Next Level, a teen dance drama. Check out Teddi on the big-screen in September for her long-awaited acting debut.

RHOBH Star Once Battled Obesity

This isn’t the first time The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star opened up about her weight struggles. In July, she posted a photo to her Instagram of her in her heavier years compared with a photo of her now.

“I remember having to step on the scale at the doctor— and the tears when the doc said, ‘Teddi, you’re 5’3″ and over 200lbs,'” she wrote.

She stressed the importance of moderation. Noting that she lets herself indulge sometimes, such as in Provence, she also said it’s important to not let yourself go off the rails because of one overindulgence.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills recently wrapped up Season 9. Bravo hasn’t revealed any details for the upcoming Season 10, including which cast members will be returning. As fans know, Lisa Vanderpump has said Season 9 would be her last.

Jennifer Havener

Jennifer Havener grew up in a small town in Upstate New York. She earned her B.A in Writing & Literature from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She always knew watching reality TV shows and soap operas, particularly 'Days of Our Lives', would come in handy someday.
Jennifer Havener

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