"I've gained such a greater respect for the women that actually do this for a living. It's so difficult.”
If Biel wants to understand the true difficulties of exotic dancing then she needs to head to her local dive strip club, which is where most strippers earn their living. There’s most definitely no sling hanging from the ceiling for you to gymnastically entangle your limbs, no million-dollar lighting shining off your ass, and no stage the size of a trailer.
She would be more likely to encounter a few broken red and blue theatre lights clinging from a low ceiling, a card table type stage with some folding chairs pressed right up against it, and leering, drunk men slobbering onto the floor.
"Physically, I had so much to do and so much to learn. It was so much harder than I ever imagined," Biel adds.
Actresses miss the point entirely when they make comments about how physically difficult stripping is. That’s not even scratching the surface of what the real job hazards are.
Try listening to customers demoralize and berate you for not being their ideal or for not shedding your top fast enough. Try living with knees swollen like balloons, the constant smell of beer and cigarette smoke plastered to your skin, and the thoughts in peoples’ heads that you’re rolling in dough and self-empowered.