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The Reason Jameela Jamil Doesn't Back Down From Her Unapologetic Behavior

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By Brooklyn Denton

Aside from her acting in NBC's The Good Place, Jameela Jamil is known for her unapologetic behavior. It's something that Jamil owns with the fullness of her being. And in addition to taking ownership of her many truths, the actress also isn't afraid to take accountability for her mistakes as well.

In a live interview she did for Variety's Instagram, she stated pointedly, "Sometimes, I do f— up, but I always apologize when I’ve gotten it wrong. I learn, and other people learn with me."

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Jamil's lack of fear surrounding apologies also matches her fearlessness when it comes to defending herself. In the past, Jamil has been pretty candid about the things she goes through, particularly in regards to her physical and mental health. Unlike most celebs, she isn't afraid to tussle when others try to rewrite her narrative.

Just this past February, she made headlines when she got into a verbal sparring with a writer who alleged that she had Munchausen syndrome. Jamil vehemently denied the allegations.

"I’m not someone who rises above. I don’t turn the other cheek. I’m not Jesus. I’ll get down in the gutter and fight you," Jamil explained.

We really can't blame the starlet for her desire to refrain from taking the high road, celeb or not. However, Jamil defending herself in the media seems to be par for the course so far this year. In another controversial turn, Jamil faced backlash after it was announced that she would be involved in a ball culture competition on HBO Max.

The show is called Legendary and the reason she received criticism for her involvement is because of what the series is about. It focuses on the ball culture created by the black and brown LGBTQ community back in the 80s.

After the backlash, Jamil decided to announce that she identifies as 'queer' in a move that, to the public, seemed like she was trying to quell the negativity by pulling out her queer card. The actress still stands behind the fact that she is queer AF.

Jamil admitted that she might have chosen an inopportune time to come out, but doesn't regret her decision. It is another layer of who owning the woman she is and in doing so, she helps other brown children of South Asian descent feel more emboldened to be their whole selves, too.

"I didn’t tell anyone about it until a couple of years ago, so I just kept it quiet ‘cause I come from a South Asian background. So, you just don’t really have a lot of queer idols," she explained.

"There isn’t a lot of conversation around it. There isn’t a lot of acceptance for it within my culture, traditionally," she continued.

Helping South Asian children see themselves is a huge part of Jameela Jamil's overall why. One of her latest projects is the Disney Junior animated series Mira, Royal Detective. In it, 8-year-old Mira is a detective that solves cases alongside her two mongoose companions. All of Jamil's castmates happen to be of South Asian descent.

"I know I grew up thinking something was wrong with me because I wasn’t thin, white with long blonde curly hair, a two-inch waist. So to now have this young South Asian girl as the hero and she’s not waiting for a prince to save her — she’s the one saving the prince if anything, she’s saving the whole town," she shared about the series.

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