Sophie Dillman, a star of the Channel Seven program Home and Away, has acknowledged that she was concerned about losing her work because she has endometriosis.
The 29-year-old actress who portrays Ziggy Astoni was concerned that having a large tummy, a typical endometriosis symptom, would have negative effects.
Sophie told Yahoo Lifestyle: “When it first started happening, I was freaked out.” Sophie said her issue frequently causes her to appear swollen or bigger than usual on camera.
I struggled to match that beauty ideal at the best of times, let alone while I’m swollen, and I was terrified that I was going to lose my work because of it, she continued.
Sophie, however, claimed that the cast and crew had always “put health first” and been nothing but kind and sympathetic.
“They’re amazing. Anytime I feel uneasy, I’m permitted to use a towel, she remarked. Or they’ll alter how the scene is set up so I’m not required to wear a bikini.
The tissue that borders the uterus also develops outside the uterus, a disease known as endometriosis.
Sophie was given her endometriosis diagnosis 10 years ago, while the persistent condition may have existed for even longer.
She eventually received a diagnosis after years of excruciating menstrual pain that frequently caused her to feel ill or even faint.
Sophie lobbied for “menstrual leave” at work in June.
The Daily Telegraph reported that she said, “We didn’t ask for periods, let alone period discomfort.”
Women are encouraged to “grin and bear it,” Sophie continued, but if males had periods, things may be different.
Patrick O’Connor, Sophie’s lover from her Home and Away co-star, is single.
Prior to securing their roles on the drama series and developing a romantic relationship, the couple first met while attending college.
Sophie is dating her Home and Away co-star boyfriend Patrick O’Connor (left)