By Tim Stack
November 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM EST

MTV’s series This Is How I Made It, which airs on Saturdays at 12pm, profiles celebrities like Chris Brown and Awkward‘s Ashley Rickards about their path to fame. In this week’s episode, Glee star Amber Riley, who plays the confident Mercedes on the Fox hit, discusses her struggles with body image within the entertainment industry and how she never wanted to conform to the industry’s unrealistic standards. “Hollywood is a very hard place to be in. It really is,” admits the actress, currently making her Broadway debut in Cotton Club Parade. Watch a portion of Riley’s honest and moving interview below…

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