Kelly McGillis’ weight loss story has surfaced in the light of her being ejected from the Top Gun sequel on account (hers) of her being old and fat. Some fans claim to have spotted the Top Gun star and she had been looking visible thinner so others have been seeking pictures of her before and after. However, Kelly McGillis having a weight loss seems far-fetched because she has said that she feels secure in her skin and has been unapologetic about her weight gain.
Kelly Ann McGillis is an American stage and screen actress who is mainly recognized as Charlie in Top Gun with Tom Cruise. She is also widely known for other movies such as Witness with Harrison Ford, Made in Heaven with Timothy Hutton, The House on Carroll Street with Jeff Daniels and Jessica Tandy, and The Accused with Jodie Foster. Her performance as Rachel Lapp in Witness had earned her GoldenGlobe and BAFTA nominations.
The actress was born on July 9, 1957, in Los Angeles County, California. She went to the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Allan Hancock College. In 1975, she moved to New York City to study acting at the Juilliard School. Kelly McGillis graduated from Juilliard in 1983, Group 12 by which time, she had started doing theatre. During the late-1980s and through the mid-2000s, she was doing theatre at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC.
Some of her stage works are Don Juan, The Sea Gull, The Merchant of Venice, Mary Stuart, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mourning Becomes Electra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, and The Graduate.
Kelly McGillis also had already made her way to the big screen. She debuted with Reuben, Reuben in 1983 and got her breakthrough role two years later in Witness. She got her game-changer in the 1986 fighter-pilot film Top Gun where she played a flight instructor Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood.
She has also done television. In 1984, she appeared on the daytime soap One Life to Live and starred in the television movie Sweet Revenge. She also narrated the documentary titled Out of Ireland for PBS in 1995.
Kelly McGillis has had a long career in acting onscreen and has done a lot of movies but what remains undebatable is that her most high-profile work has been Top Gun, a movie whose sequel has just been creating a major buzz on the internet these days. Top Gun: Maverick was just released on May 24. And naturally, it has thrown the spotlight on Kelly McGillis as well not because she is in the movie, but because she has been left out of it just like Meg Ryan. Also, there’s something going on about her weight loss. But what is it exactly? Let’s find out!
Kelly McGillis’s Weight Loss: Does It Have Anything to Do With Losing Out in The Top Gun Sequel?
A lot of die-hard fans are disappointed to learn that Kelly McGillis will not be reprising her role as Charlie in the sequel of Top Gun because ‘she is not what the scene is about.’ When the actress was asked if she had received the call about the sequel, she said that she hadn’t been called for it and she hadn’t ever thought she would be called as she explained that she was ‘old and fat’ for such.
The Top Gun star has had a weight gain in the last ten years which is probably what made her think like that. Ironically, she is on the public radar currently because of the speculations about her weight loss.
Some fans have allegedly spotted her in recent times where they claimed that she seemed to have undergone a weight loss. According to them, The Accused actor looked visibly thinner than before and she has undoubtedly had a massive transformation. However, no verifiable sources have confirmed the story of Kelly McGillis’ weight loss. So, it all seems just like a theory- a narrative driven by the fans of the original Top Gun who are pissed that she was not asked to reprise her role in the sequel just because of her weight gain in the subsequent years.
Anyway, Kelly McGillis has been living her life lowkey having already stepped away from Hollywood. She had always shown signs of being at discomfort with the fame aspect of her mainstream career in acting, which makes it not surprising how she has maintained a low-profile these days, teaching acting in North Carolina. So, the story of her being spotted and having a weight loss seems to have been something peddled by someone just because she’s already in the news for being ousted from the Top Gun sequel.
Not that the weight loss thing could turn out to be false (people who have had weight gain might start their weight loss journey at some point) but Kelly McGillis has never been the kind of person who is much bothered about gaining weight. I mean, she did have struggles with body image because of her weight in the past. But ever since she stepped back from Hollywood, it has done wonders for her in getting rid of such issues. And lately, she has been unapologetic about failing to maintain the body she had 35 years ago and aging in general. So, any dramatic weight loss seems doubtful.
It can be evident in the way the Witness actress responded to the questions about being called for the Top Gun sequel.
“I’m old and I’m fat, and I look age-appropriate for what my age is. And that is not what the whole scene is about.To me, I’d much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I am at my age as opposed to placing a value on all that other stuff.”
So, it is likely that Kelly McGillis’ weight loss story is a bluff story. Plus, even if it were true even if not verified, there are no recent pictures to look at her before and after.