Naomi Scott’s eczema problems were so bad during her teens she found it hard to get out of bed at times.
The 26-year-old is opening up about her battle with the chronic skin condition in the hope that other young women will look to her for inspiration.
“You know those days where you want to stay in bed, where you can’t move your neck because it’s so sore? I’m with you,” she told fans during a candid interview with Teen Vogue. “And I guarantee you, the more you own it, the more you feel confident… This is something I wanted to speak on specifically for this interview because Teen Vogue, for me, has a real no BS (no bulls**t) honesty thing.”
She also revealed that she had her worst-ever bout of eczema as she began filming her role as Jasmine in Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of the Disney animated classic, Aladdin.
“I thought that maybe after filming it would all simmer down, but it erupted,” Scott said. “It was all over my body, I was itching at night, and every night (there was) blood on the sheets.”
She decided to stop disguising the dry patches and scars on the final press tour for Aladdin and believes her openness could help teens grappling with their own imperfections.
“If I, out of all people, am honest about my imperfections, then I might just make… I think of a 14-year-old girl and (how) it could make her feel just that bit better: ‘Oh, she has it and she plays Jasmine (in Aladdin),'” the actress commented.
Scott also discussed her ethnicity, revealing it was difficult to find her place in Hollywood due to her Indian heritage.
“There’s a thing of someone (being) like… ‘She’s not white, she’s not black, she’s not Latina, what is she?’ There were definitely a few leads that I went for, where I think, ultimately, I was maybe, ‘The other choice’, ‘The exotic choice,'” she added.
However, Scott’s career is really taking off now, and she will next begin promoting the new Charlie’s Angels revamp, also starring Kristen Stewart and Ella Balinska.
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