Behind all the glitz and glamour, Hollywood is a very cruel place. People get rejected all the time for many different reasons, often regarding their looks. Either too fat, too bald, too short…etc…Trying to make it big can get very discouraging, some can’t face the constant rejection and move on, while others keep at it until they succeed. Here are 12 famous celebs who were once told they are too ugly to be on screen.
The incredibly talented and beautiful Kate Winslet is well known for her starring role along side Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. The actress has always been a little curvy in terms of her body shape and although many have praised her for it, many also haven’t. Before she reached fame, she was often rejected because of her weight and told she was too fat. Regardless, it never seemed to affect her and now she is an Oscar-winning actress!
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker is best known as the stylish columnist Carrie Bradshaw from the hit series, Sex and the City. She has built a name for herself and has been very successful as an actress, but she is still often criticized about her looks. Maxim even named her “Unsexiest Woman Alive” in 2008. However, she still continued acting and even launched her own shoe collection, SJP.
Meryl Streep is one of the most famous and successful actresses with the most Oscar nominations. Once upon a time she struggled with meeting the expectations of Hollywood beauty. When she went in to audition for King Kong in 1976, she was rejected for being too ugly.
Chrissy Teigan is well known for being one of the hottest supermodels, but when she arrived for her photoshoot with Forever 21, she was kicked out for being too fat. They sent her picture to her agency with the message “Too heavy”. She eventually went on to model for the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, host her own daytime talk show, and marry John Legend. Seems she doing pretty well for herself regardless of the nasty situation.
This beautiful actress, Minka Kelly, is best known for her role in Friday Night Lights. She was never specifically told she was too ugly for Hollywood, but her manager did advise her to undergo plastic surgery. Minka decided against it and found fame from the hit TV series.
Lea Michele is young, beautiful, and extremely talented! She once revealed in an interview that a manager she met with at 15 years old told her he would not work with her unless she gets a nose job. She ignored his advice and went on to star in the hit TV series Glee when she was 23 years old.
One of the stars in the TV series 2 Broke Girls is Kat Dennings. With her dark curly hair, curvy body, and unique appearance, she’s considered one of the most beautiful women. Before she found fame she faced constant rejection for her looks. She was told she would have to change her looks by fixing her teeth, dying her hair, losing weight, and to even get a tan. We’re glad she never changed a thing because we love her look!
Jessica Chastain has become one of Hollywood’s A-list actresses and one of the most stunning women to hit the big screen. Her recognizable red hair was once the thing she was often told to change. She admitted that she’s only been told she’s attractive in last five years. Before then she was always rejected for not being pretty enough.
This actress had the toughest time finding her way into Hollywood fame. She explain in an interview a long time ago she couldn’t find a single acting job. Her agent at the time said she could not longer work with her because she isn’t fat enough for a character role, not pretty enough for a leading role, and no one was casting any Greek roles. Nia decided to take it upon herself to find her own success. She went on to write a script for a Greek movie filled with many stories she often tells, cast Greek characters, and she would play the leading role. The movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (and it’s sequel) was a huge success earning over $300 million.
Winona Ryder’s success began at a young age but not before she tackled a few rejections. One time at an audition, the casting director told her she would never be an actress and that she should just go back to wherever she came from. Thanks to the support of her parents, Winona never gave up and went on to become one of Hollywood’s iconic actresses.
One of the funniest sitcoms on TV is The Mindy Project starring Mindy Kaling. The star created, wrote, produced, and stars in the show! Before it’s success, another network offered to take the show, had her audition for the role as herself, and finally refused to cast her because they did not think she was pretty enough. With all her achievements it looks like she’s having the last laugh now!
The world fell in love with Reese Witherspoon from her fabulous role as Elle Woods in the movie Legally Blonde. She proved that she was beautiful and intelligent both on and off screen. She opened up in an interview about some of the rejections she used to face before she became famous. She was told she was too short, not smart enough, and not pretty enough. Thankfully she didn’t it let it get to her and she kept on acting. She is now one of Hollywood’s A-list actresses!