Jameela Jamil says playing ‘She-Hulk’ villain Titania is ‘liberating’

The actress opens up to "The View" about her struggles with mental health, responds to the overturn of Roe v. Wade and shares her thoughts on cancel culture.
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Transcript for Jameela Jamil says playing ‘She-Hulk’ villain Titania is ‘liberating’
- First of all, I love the suit. I want it. - Thank you. You can have it. I'll take it off right now. - Just to show how good you look. Sure. - You know-- - Thanks for wearing the green for She-Hulk, Joy. - Like a lime rookie today. [LAUGHING] - I worry I look a bit like the guy at the end of Beetlejuice. You know, in the suit? - No. It's wonderful. I mean, what's so interesting to me is-- I mean, I don't think attorneys get that angry with something like that. Certainly, I don't relate to that. But as we just saw in the clip, you came to kick some butt-- bottom in our Marvel's new She-hulk series. But it's not as easy as it seems, right? Because you're playing Tatiana. - Because of my boobs everyone always calls her that. It's Titania, you pervert! - Sorry. Titania, like Titanium. What do you love about playing her because-- - I love that she's the bad guy for so many reasons. First of all, women get so demonized and villainized anyway. It's nice to just come out the gate straight away a bad person. But it's also so liberating. I love to see a South Asian play the bad guy when they're not a terrorist. - That's helpful. - True. - I just-- yeah. It was just such a joy. And I got to do my own stunts, and I learned how to fight like really fight. I learned jujitsu, Kung Fu, and kickboxing. And so it meant that it has changed the way that I feel out in the world. I recommend all-- especially women to go out and learn how to defend themselves because we are not safe anywhere, even in our own homes, and it changes your gait. These are my real shoulders. [LAUGHTER] - These aren't shoulder pads. But it changes how I feel in an Uber. I sit like this now. I feel ready. I feel too ready. I need to calm down. - Look like that because the last time you were here. Remember, this. It was January 2020. We had no idea what was coming along shortly. But you told us about visiting Whoopi Star on the Walk of Fame, and let's just take a look at what you said. - There's a picture of me the first time I ever came to Los Angeles. She looked so freaked out. I spooned your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But-- but then I-- and maybe I regret this. I kissed it, and God knows what's happening to my immune system because that is a filthy road. - Kisses it. She kissed it. - It was the closest I was going to get to kissing Whoopi. - But were you that lonely? - Yeah. - What do you mean by that? - No. No. Listen. Listen, Whoopi is my idol. We know this. We've known this forever. - Yes. - But I have to say that-- and I'm not medically recommending this to anyone. But I truly believe that kissing that filthy, filthy star on that filthy, filthy road is why I didn't die of COVID. [LAUGHTER] My immune system is just-- [POP]. Don't even know what that meant. - You're a long time-- - We know. - You're a long-time activist, and you started a mental health movement called IWAY. - Yes. - Can you talk to us a little bit about helping others on your journey, what your goal was with that? - Listen, OK, it's probably no stranger to anyone who's ever seen me on Twitter. I have struggled with my mental health for a very long time. And I don't think it's something that is ever going to get better if we make people feel ashamed of it. And so with my large platform, I have an ability to reach a lot of people and make them feel OK about not being OK. And what we've done is we've expanded IWAY from no longer just being about mental health, but also being a safe space to learn about different groups or different politics that maybe you haven't grown up knowing about. We live in a world that can really condemn people when they don't know everything and they don't speak about everything perfectly, and I don't think that that's very helpful. I don't care-- thank you. [APPLAUSE] I have a lot to learn. I left school at 16. I was super mentally ill until probably about six years ago. I didn't have space to update my knowledge to where it should be maybe by now. So I don't care where you're at in your knowledge. I'm just so proud and happy that you're here so you can learn with me on my podcast IWAY. - I love that. I love that. - Now, the other day in hot topics, we were discussing a poll that suggested things you should do before you turn 40, like being fired from a job, falling in love, owning a home. You're only 36. What are your thoughts on having a timeline? - I really think we need to just stop telling women what to do whatsoever. Don't give us a timeline. [APPLAUSE] I'm 36. I still live with roommates. And I don't ever want to have a baby. I don't really want to get married. There's plenty of things. I started a brand new career at 31. I'll probably do it again at 41. Who knows. I can do what I want. - I like that you're out front with everything. I think that's terrific about you I must tell you. And I'm impressed that you actually went public with the fact that you had an abortion. We're talking about that today. I mean, what's your response to this latest atrocity, in my opinion, from the Republican Party to destroy women's rights? - I'm horrified by it. I'm deeply saddened. It's such a personal thing. And I'm with Stacey all the way that-- this is Stacey who I love. Oh, my God. But you know, I'm with-- I'm with Stacey that this is a medical decision. And statistics show people do not make this flippantly, and people do not use abortion as a form of birth control. When I had my abortion, it was because I had used a condom and it broke, and then I took the morning-after pill within 6 hours, which is way before the end of when you're supposed to take it. And because I was over 175 pounds, it didn't work on me. And the pharmacist didn't tell me that. That's not general knowledge, that if you're over a certain weight, it's less effective. - I didn't know that either. - That's not my fault. I shouldn't have to give up the rest of my life or risk my life, or maybe die because contraceptive made by men failed. [APPLAUSE] Are you kidding me? It's ridiculous. And so it's not a decision that people make flippantly. And it's-- and our whole society is going to collapse if this happens. If we force millions more people into a world where we have no baby formula, not enough access to health care, not enough access to education, not enough access to shelter, the cost of living crisis, the housing crisis, we are already way over our heads. So if we are forcing millions of people into this world, we are, as a society, whether you are right, whether you are left, whether you are pro-life or not, it doesn't matter, you will all suffer the consequences of a crowded, broken political health care and education system. [APPLAUSE] - I have another-- I don't-- I know we don't have much time, but I did want to talk to you about this. We used to talk a lot about the concept of cancel culture on this show. I used to call it consequence culture. And it felt like it had reached a boiling point at one point. Do you think society has evolved on cancel culture? - I don't care about that conversation anymore, which no disrespect to you. You're a fabulous, beautiful woman. - Thank you. - But I think where I'm more focused on now is restorative. How do we bring people together? Right? I don't want to talk about left, right the way that we do anymore. We're not getting anywhere. We're only growing further apart. And the worst thing is we are all suffering from the same things. Taking it back to health care, taking it back to education, climate change, it affects the people in the middle of this country more than it does the liberal elites on the liberal coastal elites. We are all suffering from these things together. And as long as we keep screaming at each other, we are not screaming at the government regardless of who's in office, who we need to all come together and scream at so we all get fed. We all get treated when we're sick, and we all have shelter over our heads, and we can all breathe. - We can breathe. [APPLAUSE] - Just so quickly. Just so quickly right now one of the countries I come from, Pakistan, a third of our land is under water and 55 million people have been displaced. And no one's really talking about it in the news. And so-- - We will - It's really important. And thank you. I appreciate. - We have to-- - A third of the country is underwater. - Thanks to Jameela Jamil. But Jameela Jamil has to come back, and you have to come back and be one of our co-hosts one of these days. You need to see her podcast. Listen to her podcast called IWAY. She-Hulk Attorney at Law is streaming now on Disney Plus with new episodes on Thursday. You need to know more about this girl.

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