Jason Ritter Defends Wife Melanie Lynskey Against Body-Shaming

Jason Ritter Shuts-Up Trollers After His Wife Got Body-Shamed On Social Media

Jason Ritter took to Twitter Saturday to defend his wife Melanie Lynskey after she was body-shamed on social media.

Ritter posted a comment on the social media site mentioning his wife’s previous tweet voicing her frustration on the topic.

If anyone has any further unsolicited comments about *anybody* else’s body, they can feel free to write them in permanent ink onto their own foreheads and swan dive directly into the sun,’ Ritter said.

Lynskey previously took to the site Friday to comment on people who make unsolicited comments about her weight under the guise of concern for her well-being.

Most egregious are the “I care about her health!!” people…‘ said the Yellowjackets actress, who shares a three-year-old daughter with her spouse. 

B**** you don’t see me on my Peloton! You don’t see me running through the park with my child. Skinny does not always equal healthy.’

Lynskey, who tied the knot with the Tales of Titans actor in 2020, chatted earlier this month with Rolling Stone about how a staffer in production of her Showtime series Yellowjackets had nudged her to lose weight.

They were asking me, “What do you plan to do? I’m sure the producers will get you a trainer. They’d love to help you with this.”

Lynskey said that she was supported by co-stars Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci, and Juliette Lewis on the issue, as Lewis wrote a letter to the show’s producers.

Lynskey spoke with People on the topic of body image in a 2016 interview, saying she ‘was very unwell for a long time in ‘trying to conform to something that was not physically possible for her.

I was losing my mind,’ she said. ‘I had eating issues and at a certain point I was like, “I’m not going to survive” – not like I was on death’s door or anything, but I was so unhappy and my hair was falling out.’

Lynskey said, ‘I was like, “I just need to look the way I’m supposed to look” and have faith that people are going to want to put someone in a film or on a show who looks like this. I did have to truly become comfortable with myself, because you can’t fake it.

Jason Ritter Career

Ritter’s first-ever onscreen appearance was for his father’s show, ‘Three’s Company’. He was barely one year old then. In the opening credits from Seasons 6 to 8, he was seen standing next to ‘Janet Wood’ as she pets a goat.

It was the made for television biographical film ‘The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story’ that marked Ritter’s big debut on screen in 1990. However, after ‘The Dreamer of Oz’, Ritter disappeared from the screen only to return in 1999 with a lead role in the third season of the televisions series ‘Undressed.’

In 1999, Ritter played a supporting role in the popular show ‘Days of Our Lives. He even made his foray in films, playing the character of Martin Brockett in ‘Mumford.’

In 2002, Ritter had two releases slated for ‘PG’ and ‘Swimfan’. Meanwhile, he also guest appeared as Teddy Griffin in ‘Hack’. Ritter played a lead role in the horror film, ‘Freddy vs Jason’ the following year. 

He also did a couple of guest appearances before finally bagging a lead role in the televisions series ‘Joan of Arcadia’. It changed the fate of Ritter’s acting career after that.

Though a breakthrough in films evaded Ritter, he nevertheless was extremely busy with his hands full with projects. He played supporting characters in several films, including ‘Raise Your Voice,’ ‘Happy Endings,’ ‘Our Very Own,’ ‘The Wicker Man,’ ‘The Deal,’ ‘W,’ and so on.

Ritter’s television appearances also widened as he no longer was seen as a guest actor. After his stint of a full-time role of Kevin Girardi in ‘Joan of Arcadia’, numerous offers came rolling in for him. 

From 2006 to 2007, he was seen in ‘The Class’ and later played Jack Yusen in ‘WWII in HD.’

Films and television apart, Ritter also was active as a theatre artist. He played the titular role in Wendy Wasserstein’s ‘Third.’ The audience loved the play and won him two awards, the Clarence Derwent Award and the Martin E. Segal Award. He was seen in an Off-Broadway production ‘The Beginning of August’ and Neil LaBute’s play ‘The Distance from Here.’

In 2010, Ritter was seen capping the role of Sean Walker for the NBC drama ‘The Event’. Around the same time, he bagged a recurring part of Mark Cyr in ‘Parenthood.’ His performance earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2012.

In 2012, Ritter gave the voice for the character of Dipper Pines in ‘Gravity Falls.’ The year also saw him in the comedy film ‘Free Samples’ beside his appearance in various television films.

2013 was a busy year for Ritter. While ‘The Big Ask’ marked his only film outing for the year, television kept him busy. 

He had guest roles in ‘Robot Chicken’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Call Me Crazy’, and a recurring role in ‘Drunk History. The same year, he also signed FOX’s sitcom ‘Us & Them’ to play the character of Gavin opposite Alexis Bledel’s Stacey. Sadly, the show never went on air.

Having established his versatility as an actor, Ritter found many projects coming his way. In 2014, he played as a supporting artist in seven variedly different films. He did it all from drama to romcom, crime thriller to dramedy. Some of his films include ‘Hits,’ ‘There’s Always Woodstock,’ ‘7 Minutes’, ‘You Are Not You’ and so on.

In 2015, Ritter found a recurring role in’ Girls’ ‘s television series. The same year, he bagged himself the lead role as Lord Federick Bellacourt in ‘Another Period,’ a role which he is still seen in.

His upcoming projects include the ABC sitcom ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,’ a high concept angelic-themed fantasy drama. The show is expected to go on air on October 3, 2017.

Jason Ritter’s Major Works

Ritter has had an extensive list of films and television series he has worked in, the most promising and recognizable amongst them all shall be ‘Joan of Arcadia.’ 

The fantasy television series gave Ritter his first breakthrough as a lead actor. His paraplegic child, Kevin Girardi, who started his career by working for the local newspaper before eventually becoming a local news anchor, was extremely laudable and noteworthy. 

It also opened the gates for some excellent projects and characters that came Ritter’s way in both films and televisions, the best amongst them all being his Emmy award-nominated act in ‘Parenthood.’

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