Tahani from The Good Place has quickly become a fan-favorite. She is portrayed by British actress Jameela Jamil, who uses her platform to celebrate body positivity and inclusivity. 

Jameela Jamil is the actress behind Tahani in NBC’s The Good Place. While Kirsten Bell, Ted Danson and the whole cast are brilliant actors, Jameela Jamil won over people’s hearts through her portrayal of the very posh, name-dropping, British socialite. In real life, Jamil, 33, promotes self-love and inclusivity, mainly through social media and the I Weigh movement. She also fights against toxic representations of women in today ’s society.

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Complicated teenage years

Jamil was born in the UK to an Indian father and a Pakistani mother. Born with hearing issues, she went through several operations and now hears only 50% in one ear and 70% in the other. Between the ages of 14 to 17, Jameela Jamil suffered from anorexia, something she believes is mainly due to the representation of women in the media. But a car accident at the age of 17 led to her being unable to walk for a while. She had to do physiotherapy and take steroids. This traumatic experience made her change her views on her body, accept it, and “literally knocked some sense into [her]”.

She went on to teach English while working as a model, journalist and photographer. She hosted  the BBC Radio 1 show The Official Chart in 2012. Her life changed once more in 2016, when a breast cancer scare led her to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles. She had planned to a chance as a DJ and screenwriter, but randomly auditioned for The Good Place and got the part of Tahani, without any previous acting experience.

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The I Weigh movement

Her newfound popularity allows her to speak out on issues she cares about and have a bigger reach. Jamil is very active on social media and very open about her struggles with her image and her weight. In 2018, she saw a picture that somebody had posted on Instagram of the Kardashian-Jenner girls with their respective weights plastered in the caption. Sick of seeing women being reduced to their weight, Jameela Jamil decided to answer with her own picture, including the sum of good things she “weighted” like “lovely relationship, great friends…”. The pouring support and amount of similar pictures she received from her followers led her to create the Instagram account @i_weigh, and the I Weigh movement.

But the Instagram account is not limited to weight. It became a place for inclusivity, celebrating differences and self-acceptance. Jameela Jamil also uses her fame to speak out on other issues, from LGBTQIA+ rights to abortion rights. Jamil also fights against the dangers of idealizing women on social media, when pictures are frequently completely airbrushed. The actress revealed she suffers from EDS 3, a genetic condition which affects her body and, for example, leaves scars after every little cut, as she explained in an Instagram post recently. The constant flow of flawless promotional pictures on social media can lead to body dysmorphia and eating disorder among young women. This is why Jamil only posts unretouched pictures of herself, pictures that show her stretch marks and imperfections. She also fights to banish heavily airbrushed promotional pictures of herself.

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She has criticised “detox teas” that some celebrities love to promote because of the dangerous side effects. She often uses her own experience of following celebrity diets when she was a teenager, which caused lots of damage to her body, to make her point. She famously made Khloe Kardashian delete an Instagram post promoting a weight-loss product, by commenting that Khloe should warn her followers of the toxic side effects of the product and also admit that she has “a personal trainer, nutritionist, probable chef, and a surgeon to help her reach [her] perfect body goal”. She also created a petition to stop celebrity endorsement of diet products.

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Sophia Bush is the unforgettable Brooke Davis in One Tree Hill, sure, but she is also an inspiring activist. She fights for causes she believes in on social media, in interviews and in “real life”.

Sophia Bush was born in Pasadena, California in 1982, from two photographers. She was really into volleyball growing up and was forced to take part in a play to graduate high school. A great push from destiny that led the world to know the fascinating actress and inspiring activist she is today.

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An acting career that includes two iconic TV shows

She appeared in a few small productions before landing the starring role of Brooke Davis in the WB/CW teen drama One Tree Hill in 2003. This is probably still her most well-known role. Brooke Davis went from a partying trouble-making cheerleader to a loyal friend, talented designer and loving mother. Through the years, she became a fan favorite, due to her big heart and character development. Bush directed three episodes on the last season of the show.

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From One Tree Hill (2003-2012), she went on to star as Detective Erin Lindsay in the NBC police drama Chicago P.D. (2013-2017) and appeared in Chicago Fire and Chicago Med as the same character.

She also starred in movies in-between seasons of One Tree Hill such as John Tucker Must Die (2006) and The Narrow (2008) or more recently in Marshall (2017) or Acts of Violence (2018). She also voiced Karen/Voyd in the Incredibles 2 (2018).

Fierce defender of human and environmental rights

Sophia Bush has always been vocal about her beliefs. She publicly supported Barck Obama in the 2008 presidential election. She fights for LGBTQIA+ rights, supported marriage equality and appeared in the Human Rights Campaign following the Orlando shooting of 2016. She also fights for the protection of the environment and women’s rights, and advocates for gun control. She uses her social media platform as a way to raise awareness on world events and to shed light on fundraisers she cares about. She encourages her followers to get involved in activism.

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Bush is a founding member of Time’s Up. She was one of the first celebrities to sign the letter that launched the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment, following #MeToo. Time’s Up sets up a fund to defend low-income victims of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, advocates for a change in legislation on harassment, and pushes for gender equality in entertainment. Bush also designed a clothing line and gave the profits to planned parenthood. In addition, she spoke at the Women’s March on January 20, 2018 and openly supported Christine Blasey Ford in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

The actress has been vocal about how the industry can be a very toxic environment for women. Alongside her co-stars from One Tree Hill, she denounced Mark Schwahn’s behavior. He was accused of sexual harassment by many women (more than 40!). She also publicly revealed that she had a really hard time while filming Chicago P.D., which led her to leave the TV series after season 4, even though she had signed a seven-year contract. She said that it “was a consistent onslaught barrage of abusive behavior” and that she was once assaulted in a room full of men who did nothing.

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Sophia Bush is a white woman, and as such, she benefits from certain privileges in comparison to other minorities. This is something she is acutely aware of, and talks about on social media. She often uses her platform to bring attention to issues that concern minorities. She often talks about white privilege and puts up links to accounts of women of color that helped to educate her. She considers herself a “work in progress”, which is the title of the podcast she launched in September 2019. In it, she has conversations with people she is inspired by. Her first guest was feminist and living legend, Gloria Steinem.

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The protagonist of Westworld and future Disney Queen in Frozen 2Evan Rachel Wood is an American actress and singer, openly bisexual and a survivor of domestic violence. She uses her fame to help other domestic violence survivors and fight for human rights.

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A prolific acting career from a young age

Evan Rachel Wood was born in 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina from an artistic family, both her parents are actors and directors and her aunt was a production designer. From a young age, she started acting on stage under her father’s direction and got roles on television, such as in the TV series American Gothic and Once & Again. She had her first leading role at 11 in Digging to China (Timothy Hutton, 1998) and, in 2003, she played in Thirteen (Catherine Hardwicke) for which she received her first Golden Globe nomination. Throughout her career, she acted alongside famous actors such as Robert Redford, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney or Michael Douglas.

Even though she had gotten recognition before, she’s become a household name with her portrayal of Dolores Abernathy in Westworld, HBO’s mind-blowing science-fiction TV show. Dolores is an android in the Westworld park, a Wild West-themed park where guests can do as they please with the robots (with no retaliation). Deeply moving and sometimes downright scary, Dolores is the main character and many fans’ favorite. Evan Rachel Wood has been nominated for several prestigious prizes following her portrayal of Dolores, such as a Golden Globe and 2 Emmy Awards. She has won a Critics’ Choice Television Award in 2016 and a Satellite Awards in 2017.

She’s also a singer

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Music is deeply part of Evan Rachel Wood’s life. She starred in a few music videos, from Green Day’s Wake Me Up When September Ends (2005) and Bright Eyes’ At the Bottom of Everything (2005) to Marilyn Manson’s Heart-Shaped Glasses (2007). She had a leading role in Across the Universe (Julie Taymor, 2007), a musical movie centered on songs by the Beatles. In 2016, she released two EPs with Zach Villa under the name Rebel and A Basketcase and she often sings on stage with Zane Carney under the name Evan + Zane.

And an activist

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Evan Rachel Wood came out as bisexual in 2011 and has be an outspoken advocate for LGBT+ rights ever since. She often talks about dealing with biphobia and bisexual erasure, which comes from inside the LGBT+ community as well. She is also a pro-choice and human rights activist, and has talked about raising her son and “teaching him that feelings are not a sign of weakness,” contrary to what society majoritarily sees as manhood.

Evan Rachel Wood has publicly declared she was raped and a victim of domestic violence in front of the American Congress in 2018. She testified that she was attacked by an ex-boyfriend more than 10 years ago, and still suffers from PTSD. She is currently fighting to help other domestic violence survivors and trying to pass the Phoenix Act. This act would extend the statute of limitation for domestic violence (which is around 2 to 4 years in many US states) under several conditions such as DNA or visual proofs, confession or over three victims denouncing the same perpetrator. The goal of the legislation is “not about harsher punishments for perpetrators, it’s about giving more rights to victims.” Since many victims are afraid and suffering, they often only come forward long past the statute of limitations.

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