Famous Australian television and film actress, comedian and writer, Magda Szubanski parted ways with weight loss company Jenny Craig for the second time in 2014, later regaining the 40kg she had lost in the years that followed.
And on Andrew Denton’s Interview on Tuesday, the 57-year-old was taken back when the veteran journalist asked what word she would use to describe her body.
The comedian claimed she had never thought about defining herself like that before, but, after pausing, responded: ‘Um, probably “fat”, I think, is probably the obvious.’
While laughter erupted in the studio audience, it was a rather serious conversation for the Kath & Kim star, who has spoken candidly about her weight in the past.
‘It’s weird, you know, I don’t feel like a fat person. It’s like that’s something that happened to me… It’s like carrying a suit of armour or something,’ Magda confessed.
Andrew then quoted a phrase from her autobiography, asking: ‘You’ve described fat as a fascinating expression, “My most trusted companion”. Why is that?’
‘Oh, yeah, because fat and chocolate, really!’ she joked, before adding that she was ‘too f**king candid in that book’.
She went on the explain her choice of words in more depth, saying: ‘Because it [weight] does become your second skin, it’s something that you’re very used to.’
Magda even claimed that she struggled with recognising herself after her weight loss journey with Jenny Craig.
‘I don’t mean to be a whinger, but I would look at myself – there was a particular candid picture I saw, and I didn’t recognise myself,’ she said.
‘You know, people don’t think that. They think, “Oh, you lose weight and everything’s gonna be great”.’
Magda continued: ‘That is a very strange feeling to look in the mirror and not see yourself, you know? To not have this body felt odd and, since then, I’ve sort of done a lot of other research and I had my genetics done.’
While on the Channel Seven talk show, Magda also criticised several Australian gossip magazines for publishing images of her in swimwear at the beach in 2011.
The funnywoman claimed she was felt after seeing the photos, but quickly decided: ‘F**k them! I’m going to go down there with my fat body among all the models and just be fat on Bondi Beach.’