Emily Atack insists she will continue to flaunt her figure despite her critics
Emily Atack has insisted she will continue to be sexy and flaunt her figure – despite her critics and the harassment she has faced online from men.
The actress, 33, who had her breakthrough role in The Inbetweeners as Charlotte Hinchliffe, said she has come to rely on being a pin-up, even though she never initally set out to be one.
Emily says she loves her ‘big boobs’ and blonde hair after years of being constantly asked to change, with past managers advising her to dye her hair brown so that she will be ‘taken more seriously’.
Not changing: Emily Atack has insisted that she will continue to be sexy and flaunt her figure despite her critics and the harassment she has faced online from men
In an new interview, Emily said she went through puberty earlier than others and her curves are became something she is quite proud of.
‘I used that to my advantage in terms of owning who I was a bit more, I’m not trying to be a sexy pin-up going, “Hey boys, here I am”. But I’m single as well, I’m on the dating scene – so that’s up to me,’ she told the Daily Star.
‘Feeling sexy to me has become something I’ve relied on – it’s my little support blanket. I grew boobs before everybody else, I got my period before everybody else, and I used that to my advantage in terms of owning who I was a bit more.
Beauty: Emily, who had her breakthrough role in The Inbetweeners as Charlotte Hinchliffe, revealed she has no plans to adapt
‘I was kind of like, “OK, well this is who I am, I’m the girl with the boobs and the long hair”. There was a sense that I was quite proud of that.’
Emily explained that she never flaunts her curves for sexual reasons, which has been hard for some people to comprehend and that she was just enjoying building her career, celebrating her youth and her body.
The star also said she has had conversations with her mother Kate Robbins about how things have changed because she wants her to cover up to protect herself.
Her words come after the actress spoke out about the barrage of explicit messages she receives on a daily basis in the first trailer for her new BBC Two show Emily Atack: Asking For It?
Emily has had to put up with online sexual harrassment since her teens and in the trailer and admitted she is ‘nervous’ about going public with them.
The comedian admitted she sometimes worries if the messages are ‘her fault’ because she shares snaps of herself in bikinis and other revealing clothing online.
In the trailer, Emily says: ‘Every morning when I wake up, I see a man’s penis I haven’t asked to see.’
The former Inbetweeners actress is seen in her kitchen, scrolling through her phone, as she counts the number of messages she’s received.
She says: ‘This morning, I’ve had… Does, I want to see your t**s count?… 37. This man sends me pictures of him doing handstands all the time.
She adds: ‘Eight o’clock this morning, this lovely, big, veiny penis there. That actually did put me off my scrambled eggs to be fair.’
Candid: Emily has had to put up with online sexual harrassment since her teens and in the trailer admitted she is ‘nervous’ about going public with them
Several sexually explicit messages Emily has received online appeared on screen as she can be heard saying: ‘It’s the ultimate disrespect.
‘It’s the ultimate thing of going, ‘I think you’re easy access and you’re up for it.’
‘It was in lockdown when things got really, really bad. I felt sick knowing what I was about to see. And I started to put up these messages on my Instagram.
‘I wanted to know how many other people were receiving them. It made me realise it’s happening to so many people.’
Show: The comedian admitted she sometimes worries if the messages are ‘her fault’ because she shares snaps of herself in bikinis and other revealing clothing online
Emily is then seen speaking to several other women – including a teenage girl – who have been subjected to online sexual harassment.
At the conclusion of the trailer, she says: ‘I want it to stop. It’s about catching these people before they do the worst thing. This is what people have to understand.
‘I’m nervous about going public about all of this because I put bikini photos up on my Instagram. You know, I talk about sex in my shows and I’m very cheeky and flirty.
‘There’ll be people saying, ‘you asked for this negative attention, what do you expect?’ You do sit there and go, ‘is this my fault? Is this something I’m putting out there?’ ‘
Documentary: At the conclusion of the trailer, she says: ‘I want it to stop. It’s about catching these people before they do the worst thing. This is what people have to understand’
In April last year, Emily hit out at her male fans who bombard her with unsolicited pictures of their penises on social media.
The actress said she’s likely to receive ‘about 10 penises I have not asked to see’ before breakfast.
She told the Mirror at the time: ‘If someone sends me a sexually explicit message, I’m like, ‘Why have they said that to me?’
‘It makes you question who you are and why you’re single.’
Speaking about her love life, she also joked: ‘I try and stay away from things that aren’t good for me.’
Emily Atack: Asking For It? airs from January 31 on BBC iPlayer.
Emily said: ‘I wanted to know how many other people were receiving them. It made me realise it’s happening to so many people’