‘The Good Place’ Actress Jameela Jamil Reveals the Heartbreaking Reason She Once Stayed At A Party For Only 10 Minutes

We may look at celebrities as perfect, but there’s a lot more under the surface. Jameela Jamil, star of The Good Place, has taken it upon herself to be one of the many actors and actresses these days who are using social media to share their roughest moments. Read on to learn about one of hers.

Jameela Jamil stars in ‘The Good Place’

Jameela Jamil
Jameela Jamil | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

If you’re familiar with Jamil, chances are it’s because you’ve seen her on one very popular TV show. She stars in The Good Place, a sitcom that currently airs on NBC. And if you haven’t heard of it, you’re in for quite a treat.

Jamil portrays Tahani Al-Jamil, one of four central humans who find themselves together in the afterlife. However, they soon begin to realize that not all is as it seems. Jamil stars alongside Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, and a few faces that a newer on the scene, like hers.

She got her start in the UK as a presenter

Though The Good Place is technically Jamil’s first acting gig, she has been a part of the entertainment industry for many years. Jamil got her start as the host of the Channel 4 morning show Freshly Squeezed, and her career only expanded from them.

Jamil was known primarily as a radio presenter, hosting the show The Official Chart on BBC Radio 1. She also once hosted a reality show called Playing It Straight on E4. So she spent quite a bit of time in the spotlight even before moving to the U.S.

Jamil has been open about her health struggles

Jamil has always been open with her followers on social media. She’s spoken up about her health issues, from her breast cancer scare to her mental health struggles, and everything in between. And these aren’t always easy topics to broach.

The actor’s honesty is refreshing. Jamil even took to social media on World Mental Health Day, where she shared that she once tried to take her own life, and suffered from PTSD in the aftermath. “You have nothing to hide or be ashamed of. I feel you. I’ve been there,” she wrote.

She shared a photo from 2009

In addition to those previously listed, Jamil also suffered from an eating disorder and body dysmorphia, which can be very common in show business and beyond. The actor decided to share a very personal moment from her past on social media, a little over ten years after it occurred.

“I didn’t want to go to the event because I was convinced that I was ‘too fat’ and that I would be publicly shamed the next day,” she said of the occasion documented in the photo, which was a party during London Fashion Week in Sept. 2009. “I was so weak, I only managed to stay for 10 minutes.”

Jamil is championing an important cause

Because of her own struggles with accepting her body, Jamil has taken to fiercely advocating for body neutrality. She created the website I Weigh, which has grown significantly since she first launched it as an Instagram page.

Jamil has especially focused on what celebrities can do to help curb this issue with the public. She pushes back against famous people like the Kardashians, who have used their platforms to promote harmful items like weight loss teas and appetite suppressant lollipops.