An overwhelming number of people who watch the beautiful people on the big and small screens feel the pressure to look like those they see on film. It might seem impossible that anyone on the screen has the same issues, but The Road Within allowed Kravitz the chance to open up about her own struggles with self esteem and an eating disorder.
Kravitz played Marie, a girl who finds herself in a clinic looking for a balance between controlling everything in her life and fixing her problems. "She is a really strong young woman and because she's so strong, she just wants to control everything," Kravitz told Nylon. "Food is part of that for her. It's amazing to play a really strong character that also has a weakness."
Kravitz lost an incredible amount of weight for the role, and by the time filming started, she weighed only 90 pounds. Even though she says she tried to do it in a healthy way, it left her lightheaded, weak, and exhausted. More than that, it took her back to a place she had been years before. Beginning when she was 13, she struggled with an eating disorder, too, one that was in part from a desire to compare herself to all the beautiful people who traveled in her family's circle. "It was really, really bad in high school," she told People. "When I was 16, 17, 18, it was at its worst and it trickled into my early 20s. I think it's important for people to hear that people within the industry feel that, too," she added. "I will always compare myself to the beautiful blond bombshell with huge boobs. It's the name of the game."
Kravitz spoke candidly about what she was feeling, and what it took to be able to overcome her problems. She says that when people began complimenting her on her weight loss and when that went in complete opposition to what she was making herself feel, she knew she had to break the cycle. Worst of all? When she got so weak that she lost her voice and couldn't sing. "I love to sing, and I was realizing the way I had treated my body and all that hatred I had toward my body for so long was now affecting what I loved about my body, which was singing. And you can't really get away with treating yourself badly without consequences."