Romantic comedies have a size problem. Rom-coms have a lot of flaws, but it's still the only film genre made almost exclusively for and about women, according to scholar and writer Chloe Angyal. There's a caveat to that though: Most rom-coms are anchored by thin actresses.
There's nothing wrong with having smaller actresses star in rom-coms, but fat girls can be heroines, too. There are a few rom-coms with plus-size protagonists already, but most situate fat women as comedic relief or exclude fat women altogether.
Rom-coms reinforce so many stereotypes, including the idea that fat women are undeserving of love. That's got to change, so here's a list of seven plus-size actresses who would slay a rom-com.
Gabourey Sidibe has experience with finding love on screen. Becky, the character she plays on "Empire," is in a hot-and-heavy relationship with producer J-Poppa (Mo McRae). Queenie, her "American Horror Story: Coven" character, also controversially fell in love with a Minotaur.
Sidibe is very comfortable with her sexuality, so why not let her be a confident badass in a rom-com?
Chrissy Metz has already won over millions of viewers as Kate on NBC's "This Is Us." Her rocky relationship with Toby (Chris Sullivan) has captivated fans, and most of that is due to her acting magic. She should sprinkle that magic — conveyed through her smile and her tears — as a rom-com leading lady.
Octavia Spencer is an actor's actor. The Oscar-winning "Hidden Figures" actress tends to play serious roles, so casting her as a woman seeking love would be a nice change of pace. It would continue showing her range as an actress, and would bring some much-needed acting expertise to the rom-com genre.
All hail Dascha Polanco! The body-positive actress would slay any rom-com, just as she's done with "Orange Is the New Black." As she told Vivala, curvy women deserve love too.
"I want romance, gifts, and sex," she said. "Ultimately, I'm in love with love."
Romance, gifts, and sex sounds like the perfect recipe for a great rom-com. Cast Polanco immediately!
Amber Riley never got her love on "Glee," so she definitely deserves it on the big screen. A musical rom-com would be ideal, so she can showcase her singing chops too.