Most of the people judge an actor or actress by their looks. People are good at underestimating one’s talent, they just insult a celebrity for their looks, voice and may be for their talents. It seems that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Can anyone believe supermodel Gisele Bundchen was said she would never make it on the cover? I think success is the best revenge for these celebrities, proving that you really need a thick skin to make it in Hollywood. Sticks and stones may break their bones, but people’s words will never hurt them.
Let’s have a look at the stars who were told they were too ugly to make it.
Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer who is widely known for playing Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy movie “Legally Blonde”. She is also recognized for portraying June Carter Cash in the musical biopic “Walk the Line”. Before finding fame in Hollywood, Reese was continuously told she was “not pretty enough” to make it, but was stubborn enough not to listen. She told “All I heard was, ‘No, not right–not tall enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough.’ But I didn’t really care about their opinions. I’m stubborn.” [Source: www.msn.com]
Sarah Jessica Parker is an American actress and television producer who is best known for her roles in the films “L.A. Story”, “Honeymoon in Vegas”, “Hocus Pocus” and “Ed Wood”. In 2007, she was voted the Ugliest Woman Alive by readers of Maxim, then referred to as a “dog” by Fox News anchor Oliver Tull in 2012. Despite this, Sarah remains a television icon for her role as shoe-obsessed glamorous columnist Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City” and its spin off series.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is an American actress and filmmaker, who is a part of the Gyllenhaal family. She is the daughter of filmmakers Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Achs, and an elder sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. She is popularly known for playing Rachel Dawes in the 2008 superhero film “The Dark Knight”. Maggie was considered “not sexy enough” to make it in Hollywood when she first began her career. She told, “When I was starting out, I used to hear ‘no’ a lot and still do. And, ‘You’re not sexy enough. You’re not pretty enough.'”
Kate Beckinsale is an English actress and model who has gained fame for her roles in the movies “Van Helsing”, “Whiteout”, “Contraband” and “Total Recall”. In 2016, she received critical acclaim for her performance in the period comedy film “Love & Friendship”. Michael Bay once said Kate that she wasn’t the right look for her role in “Pearl Harbour” as she “wasn’t blonde and [her] boobs weren’t bigger than [her] head.” Kate states she was then put on an intense workout regime and diet. She told, “I didn’t make sense to him as an attractive woman.” “So there was a lot of panic and concern over, ‘How on earth are we gonna make her attractive?'”.
Winona Ryder is an American actress who rose to fame for her role as Joyce Byers in the Netflix science fiction horror series “Stranger Things”. She is also known for her roles in the films “Heathers”, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Mermaids” and “Edward Scissorhands”. It’s hard to imagine that Ryder was told she wasn’t pretty enough for Hollywood. Her ex fiancé Johnny Depp definitely didn’t think so, who tattooed ‘Winona Forever’ at the time when they were dating. Ryder told, “I was mid-sentence when the casting director said, ‘Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough. You should go back.'” [Source: www.annistonstar.com]
Meryl Streep is an American actress who is often described as “the best actress of her generation”. She has gained fame for her starring roles in “Adaptation”, “The Hours”, “The Devil Wears Prada”, “Doubt” and “Mamma Mia!”. Producer Dino De Laurentiis was working on casting his “King Kong” movie when his son Federico who was working with him on the picture brought in Streep to be seen for the female lead. Dino “che brutta” which means in Italian, “Why do you bring me this ugly thing?”. Streep replied in Italian, “I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in King Kong.” Since then, she has gone on to hold the record for the most Oscar award nominations, with 21 nods to her name and a total of three wins.
Shakira is a Colombian singer who became internationally known for her singles “Whenever, Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes”. She is also recognized for her songs “La Tortura”, “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Beautiful Liar”, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, “Loca”, and “Chantaje”. Shakira revealed her unique vocal style was once criticized by her music teacher who said she sounded “like a goat”. She told, “It sounds comic now, but back then it was very traumatizing.” Shakira, who began recording in English in the 2001 has gone on to sell an estimated 80 million records worldwide with her hits like “Whenever, Wherever”, “Objection (Tango)” and “Hips Don’t Lie”.
Jessica Chastain is an American actress and film producer who has gained wider recognition for her roles in the movies “Interstellar”, “The Martian” and “It Chapter Two”. She is also known for her portrayal of Tammy Faye in the biopic “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”. Jessica is one of Hollywood’s sought after actresses, landing roles in movies like “Ava” and “The 355”. But she admitted that she once struggled to get roles, as directors felt she wasn’t pretty enough for the big-screen. Jessica told, “Only in the past five years have people been telling me I’m attractive.” “Before then, I wasn’t getting parts because people kept telling me I wasn’t pretty enough.”
Kate Winslet is an English actress who is widely known for her leading role in the 1997 epic romance “Titanic”. She is also known for her roles in the movies “Finding Neverland”, “Little Children”, “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader”. She proved her drama teacher wrong, who told that she “might do ok” if she was happy to settle for fat girl roles. Winslet did more than ok when she took home an Oscar in 2009 for Best Actress in 2008’s “The Reader”. She told, “When I was younger, when I was 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts” but quipped “And look at me now!”.
Gisele Bündchen is a Brazilian fashion model who has been one of the highest-paid models in the world since 2001. In 2007, Bündchen was the 16th richest woman in the entertainment industry and earned the top spot on Forbes top-earning models list in 2012. She was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 1999 until 2006. Gisele revealed she was once said that she’d never make it on a magazine cover. She told, “I remember some people telling me my nose was too big or my eyes were too small, that I could never be on a magazine cover.”. [Source: www.uk.style.yahoo.com]
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