THE BOYS Star Erin Moriarty On Why She's No Longer Heartbroken About Discourse Surrounding Her Appearance

THE BOYS Star Erin Moriarty On Why She's No Longer Heartbroken About Discourse Surrounding Her Appearance

The Boys star Erin Moriarty has talked more about the impact the online speculation surrounding her appearance has had on her, while also praising the series for its strong feminist themes. Check it out!

By JoshWilding - Jun 16, 2024 05:06 AM EST
Filed Under: The Boys
Source: New York Times

Erin Moriarty is The Boys' lead female character and has, as a result, become the target of online trolls. Much has been said about her appearance as the show has continued, including claims of plastic surgery and a consensus among mostly male fans that she's "ruined" her face. 

The actress has denied having any work done, though only after the social media accusations reached a mainstream audience when Megyn Kelly decided to chime in. 

"For a few months, I thought my career was over," Moriarty told The New York Times of the understandably scathing response she issued in January shortly before leaving social media. "Because there was so much attention brought to something that I was told never to address."

"I had left it on a note where I’d explicitly said that I had been heartbroken by the comments," she added. "Now, I’m not heartbroken. I’m galvanized."

Moriarty says she started being stalked by the paparazzi after Kelly's comments went viral and, as you might expect, has struggled greatly with the online discourse. Now, though, she's focused on doing right by Starlight. 

"I’ve learned to trust my showrunner," which saw her go through a lot of "deconditioning," she said, after years of witnessing empty gestures of better-representing feminism on screen. "I’m used to people saying they want to do one thing with a female character and doing another thing."

"I just think, thank God there are characters like this, and thank God she came along," Moriarty notes. "I don’t know how I would metabolize my own experiences otherwise."

It's great to hear that The Boys star is in a better place and undeniably upsetting to discover the toll the speculation surrounding her appearance has had on Moriarty. 

Showrunner Eric Kripke recently weighed in on those who take issue with the show's deeper political themes when he said, "I don't write with them in mind. I mean, look, it doesn't really particularly bother me. I just kind of throw up my hands, and I'm like, 'Well, I don't know what else to do then.' The show is many things. Subtle is not one of them."

"If you, for instance, think Homelander's a hero, I just don't know what to tell you. I don't know what to tell you. But look, on the other hand, if people want to watch this show as just escapist entertainment, like as any other superhero thing...then I guess thanks for watching, question mark?"

The first three episodes of The Boys season 4 are now streaming on Prime Video. It was recently confirmed that the upcoming fifth season will be the show's last.

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rebellion - 6/16/2024, 6:14 AM
Miss Gaslight, people have eyes and youre a public figure.

The show has become repetitive nonsense anyway, im glad theyre putting it out of its misery soon. It was never as good as its 1st season.
WarMonkey - 6/16/2024, 6:29 AM
"including claims of plastic surgery and a consensus among mostly male fans that she's "ruined" her face.

The actress has denied having any work done, though only after the social media accusations reached a mainstream audience when Megyn Kelly decided to chime in."

So this person writing this article attacks and blames men, without any evidence, and then his only proof of any negativity is a women journalist who has a large female audience. That's not journalism.

To claim that all men or all women are responsible for the action of a few is called being a bigot.
BritishMonkey - 6/16/2024, 7:54 AM
@WarMonkey - Wilding's a sensationalist gossip blogger at this point with details like that.
SonOfAGif - 6/16/2024, 6:31 AM
Toxic fans have always been a detriment to franchises. I get you don't like the direction a show is going on but to harass an actor to the point of sending death threats or creating smear campaigns to teach them a "lesson" is truly sick. This has been why many actors don't attend the conventions or engage with fans because of how mentally unstable some are. How hard is it to just walk away from a franchise and find one you like instead of stalking and trying to destroy an actor's career because you're upset the show didn't turn out how you wanted?
cubrn - 6/16/2024, 10:34 PM
@SonOfAGif - If I were in a franchise, I would never in a million years attend a convention. They reek of BO too.
grouch - 6/17/2024, 7:38 AM
@SonOfAGif - funny how you never see pictures of these death threats by "all men".
clintthahamster - 6/17/2024, 10:48 AM
@grouch - Funny how you always see dudes accusing others of saying "All men" when no one else said that.
MisterDoctor217 - 6/16/2024, 6:48 AM
Obviously the hate and threats she got are awful, unwarranted and just evil.

Woman shouldn’t be treated like that, but I just think it comes with the business and celebrities and public figures knew that before.
Their image, physically and reputation wise, is everything.
We can’t pretend that most actors don’t get to where they are because of their looks. Or course talent should be the main thing , but that is not how the world works.

So everytime I see actors or celebrities complaining about getting unwanted comments about their appearance, I just think it’s very hypocritical because that’s basically their bread and butter.

Sad and unfair maybe, but it’s true.

So her saying she has not had any work done is preposterous when we can all see how different she looks.

Loosing weight does not change your nose or the shape of your eyes or removes your bucal fat.

I think if celebrities were more honest about the work they get done, they wouldn’t be criticized as much.

But as long as they try to pass all their physical changes as “natural”, people will keep talking.

And that goes for men too , cough* The Rock cough*.
SonOfAGif - 6/16/2024, 7:00 AM
@MisterDoctor217 - Let's be honest. It's only the women of Hollywood who get treated like objects. Their appearance will be torn down by Men and Women within the industry. Nobody comes at Paul Giamatti, Michael Shannon, or Will Ferrell for being unattractive and out of shape. A woman in Hollywood will always be ridiculed no matter what. This is what the Me Too movement was originally about. Mistreatment, inequality, and abuse within the industry. But then the wrong ones made it about themselves and created this sick agenda to come after whomever they didn't like.
rebellion - 6/16/2024, 9:22 AM
@SonOfAGif - zac efron got a ton of backlash for allegedly messing with his face.
MisterDoctor217 - 6/16/2024, 9:25 AM
@SonOfAGif -

I get your point, and I agree it’s usually always women who are treated like that.

But like I said , it’s usually people who are known for their looks primarily than for their acting.

The examples of men you gave, have never been known for being leading men or sex symbols.
So no one expects Paul Giamatti or Michael Shannon to bulk up and get a square jaw and a six pack, just like they wouldn’t expect it with Amy Poheler or Tina Fay.
They are either known as comedians or dramatic actors.

I was referring to specifically A-List stars who rose up to be leading men or women or sex symbols.

Look at all the hate Zack Efron got for what he did to his face, he tried to pass it as being from a jaw injury 10 years ago. He never looked like he does know between that time and 2020. So he got a lot of shit when he suddenly looked different back in 2020 or 2021.
Stars like Hemsworth or The Rock are always being talked about if they’re natty or not , with many saying of course they’re not.
But they have to stay in shape to keep getting those leading man roles.

I know it is usually primarily just women who get shit , but we can’t act like men don’t get it the same.

I think it just comes with the territory, and even tho it’s not good , it is what it is.
Like I said , many of these people rely on their image , and are public figures, and sex and beauty sells, so it’s natural that if they appear on tv and movies , they’ll get comments about their appearance.

It is what it is, and I don’t think it’ll change anytime soon, no matter how many social justice movements there are.
TheFinestSmack - 6/16/2024, 9:53 AM
@SonOfAGif -
"Let's be honest. It's only the women of Hollywood who get treated like objects."

Yes... it's only the women, ever.
HistoryofMatt - 6/16/2024, 12:59 PM
@MisterDoctor217 - I'll take 'Things that never happened for $500,' Alex"
cubrn - 6/16/2024, 10:39 PM
@rebellion - Zac Efron only gets talked about because he was a pretty boy before and super rugged after. Women get talked about whether their work makes them look better OR worse.
cubrn - 6/16/2024, 10:40 PM
@TheFinestSmack - For every 5,000 examples for women, we can find 1 example for men. Congratulations.
TheFinestSmack - 6/16/2024, 11:23 PM
@cubrn - I think the gap is probably closer than you think; men just aren't as inclined to talk about being victimized.
cubrn - 6/16/2024, 11:31 PM
@TheFinestSmack - You sure about that?
Moriakum - 6/16/2024, 7:17 AM
"The actress has denied having any work done"

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mpk1988 - 6/16/2024, 7:25 AM
Did she actually get any threats? For what? Who's stupid enough to do that?

She botched her face and looks like plastic - I think that's the only thing everyone's saying. Along with memes and all.
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