Laura Prepon’s childhood wasn’t exactly reminiscent of the “Leave it to Beaver” days. She described her early years to Edge Magazine, saying, “I had a very unorthodox upbringing but in an amazing way. My mother trusted all of us implicitly and treated us more like her
friends than her children. We were all very independent and took care of ourselves at a young age.” At the center of her unconventional upbringing was her mom, whom Prepon described as “this eccentric outgoing woman. She looked like she stepped off the set of ‘Dynasty.’ When she sashayed into a room with her golden fox fur and her jewels, you knew Marjorie was there.”
Marjorie Prepon encouraged her young daughter to work in modeling worldwide and projected unhealthy habits onto her. “That’s when my mom told me, ‘You can have your cake and eat it too.’ I was taught what to eat and what time limit. ‘Don’t eat Chinese or pizza.’ It’s too hard to get back up,” the actor revealed to People. The bulimia lasted for years, but Prepon has since moved past it, making peace with her eating disorder and her mother’s choices. “I don’t understand how my mother taught me these things, but I try to find understanding. When I’m with her, I try to think about the good things she taught me. To follow my dreams. To speak up for myself. How when I wanted to act, we opened up the yellow pages and I pointed to a teacher and she took me to acting class. I wouldn’t be here without her.”
If you are struggling with an eating disorder, or know someone who is, help is available. Visit the National Eating Disorders Association website or contact NEDA’s Live Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. You can also receive 24/7 Crisis Support via text (send NEDA to 741-741).