Jameela Jamil, who is a fierce advocate for women’s issues, will be hosting a live edition of Bad Dates, a podcast she launched earlier this year, on September 26 at Just For Laughs Toronto.
For those not in the know, Bad Dates focuses on a universally relatable experience: weird and awful dates and Jamil feels that it is the perfect judgment-free space for this.
“The comedians share so much about themselves and their vulnerabilities and their fears through these funny stories. We’ve tried to create a vibe that feels very intimate with no judgment,” she says.
“When you have a big public platform, I think it is quite oppressive, especially as a woman to other women, to present this perfect hair, perfect nails, perfect skin, perfect opinions, perfect behaviour, perfect walk. It made me feel like shit when I was a teenager,” she adds. “It is important for women to not be held to the impossible standard of perfection because that is the enemy of progress. I’m all about being raw so people can see my progress in real-time.”
The She-Hulk star continues, “One of the biggest learning curves of reaching my 30s is realizing that the world will destroy me if I let it. I need to build an armour of love and respect and grace for myself. I’m gonna fail, I’m gonna mess up, I’m gonna humiliate myself. I have to be the one who cheers myself on to get back up and try again.”