"It felt like suicide in the community"
Dev Patel, who began his career with Skins (2007), has recalled how comments about his appearance “took a toll on him.”
Dev, who later starred in Slumdog Millionaire (2008), remembered how he used to go on online chat rooms to see what people were saying about Skins.
The Green Knight (2021) actor starred in the popular teen drama where he played the role of Anwar Kharral.
Dev said he would regret doing so when he’d see people ranking Anwar as the “least attractive” character. Dev revealed:
“I was a young kid going on these chat rooms and it was quite brutal.
“There were all these lists of who’s the favourite character on the show or who was the best-looking character, and I was always the ugliest, the least attractive.
“No one liked Anwar. It really took a toll on me personally.”
Anita, Dev’s mother, encouraged the actor to audition for the role of sex-crazy Anwar after she saw a casting advertisement for the teen drama.
Whilst the show turned out to be a hit, Dev said his neighbours were horrified. Dev Patel shared:
“It felt like suicide in the community to put your kid into a TV show and let him drop out of school at 16.
“While everyone else’s kid is off becoming a doctor or a dentist, I’m here on this TV show simulating sex and taking drugs.”
Dev revealed how the comments he received during his time on Skins impacted his confidence as an adult.
Later, Dev received a supporting-actor nomination for Lion (2016), and whilst he lost to Mahershala Ali, the attention made him uneasy. He said:
“I didn’t feel worthy. That kind of speaks to my natural low self-esteem.”
“You’re there with really impressive creatures, the best of the best, and you’re like, ‘I don’t know what I have to offer in this space.’”
Dev added that his agents still get frustrated with him for turning down major studio blockbusters, saying:
“Maybe it’s a fear of how I would fit into that world.”
In other news, Dev is set to star in an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.
Filmmaker Wes Anderson has been roped in to direct the adaptation, which will be available to stream exclusively on Netflix.
According to reports, production for the film is expected to start in late January 2022 in London.