'Never slouch for anyone, ever' - Hannah Waddingham advises women to embrace their height

"I don't think it's good for your soul"

Hannah Waddingham
(Image credit: Getty Images / Joe Maher)

Hannah Waddingham was in London recently, celebrating the release of The Garfield Movie, in which she plays the part of villainous cat Jinx. While she was here I was lucky enough to steal a quick chat with her about the film and her career to date. 

Having spoken openly in the past about how being 5ft 11 has been an issue for others at various stages in her life, I asked Hannah what advice she would give to any women feeling insecure or self-conscious about their height.   

"Never slouch – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually – never slouch for anyone, ever," she said, firmly. "Because I feel like I did for a long time, to feel like you fit in. Or dim your light because you're big when you come into a room. Which sounds easier than it is. We all have those moments when you want to recoil, but I don't think that it's good for your soul, and the people that love you will love you anyway."

But she also touched on the difficulty of finding clothes that fit. "I have tugged down every hem on a pair of trousers in changing rooms and shops," she explains. "You know, I've just got my finger in there and taken the hem down while I'm in the changing room for years - it's an issue. Shorter people can take the hem up, you can't add a whole chunk when you're tall, it looks ridiculous."

But it's clear Hannah knows exactly what works for her, fashion-wise. Sitting in front of me, the actress is stunning in a pair of beautiful white wide leg trousers, a Bleeker Quinn The Upside knitted vest with plunging neckline and contrast trim, finished off with a pair of the best white trainersRussell & Bromley's Park Up Laceless Flatform sneaker.

Hannah Waddingham

(Image credit: Getty Images / Joe Maher)

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The Garfield Movie is just one of many projects Hannah has been working on recently, she also starred alongside Ryan Gosling in hit film The Fall Guy, and hosted the prestigious Olivier Awards last month. Being in such demand, I was keen to know how Hannah handles pressure and workload. 

"When you're doing so much live performance, hosting and all these things, as you get more known, the spotlight becomes so intense, you have to remind yourself of your centre, and the guided breathing is just somebody rooting you and getting you to completely breathe into your body and breath out, and re-energise yourself."

One non-work related event she has worked in to her schedule, thankfully, is celebrating her 50th birthday in July. 

"I will be away with my little girl, and some of my absolute dearest, dearest friends, and I can't wait just to switch off, remove, not be on my phone, not be available for a whole week, because it's her birthday and then mine five days later."

The conversation finished by us discussing go-to cocktails, which seemed particularly apt as her Garfield character Jinx is a big fan of a 'Milktini'. 

"Mine's got to be a Margherita - but Milktini sounds better, which she spills mostly because she's so dramatic." Hannah says. "I just love the fact that she's so deliciously volatile and unhinged – I thought I've got to get on board with this, she's so vile."

The Garfield Movie is out to watch in cinemas now. 

Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie is the editor of woman&home (digital). For seven years previously she was editor of Future’s world-leading design title Creative Bloq, and has written for titles including T3, Coach and Fit&Well on a wide range of lifestyle topics.


After a decade of working in retail, Kerrie went back to education at the ripe old age of 27, graduating with a first-class honours degree in creative writing three years later. Her career in journalism began soon after, when she secured a job as a staff writer at Future Plc. In the 14 years since, she has worked her way up to editor level, gaining a wealth of digital experience along the way.

As a woman&home reader and a senior digital editor, Kerrie’s main purpose is to ensure the brand delivers high-quality, relevant content to help enrich and improve women’s lives – a responsibility she feels hugely passionate about.  

Outside of work, if she manages to find a spare minute around her three young children, geriatric dog and activity-obsessed fiance, you’ll find her either throwing a barbell about at Crossfit, with her head in a good thriller novel or building one of the latest Lego ideas sets.