It turns out that even celebrated actresses such as Meryl Streep have had harsh criticism thrown their way early in their careers. While auditioning for the 1976 film, “King Kong”, producer Dino De Laurentiis asked his son in Italian, “Why do you bring me this ugly thing?” in reference to Meryl.
The film icon, who was also fluent in Italian said “I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in King Kong .” With close to two dozen Academy Award nominations and 32 Golden Globe nominations, we’re sure criticisms about her looks are ancient history for Meryl!
Mindy Kaling might be one of the funniest women in Hollywood, but things weren’t always so light-hearted. Early on in her career, Mindy faced rejection due to her appearance. In one particularly humiliating event, she was even told that she wasn’t “attractive or funny enough” to play herself in a sketch show she had produced!
Thankfully, the star hasn’t let the superficial criticism stop the momentum of her career. With roles in “The Office”, “The Mindy Project”, and two New York Times bestsellers, Mindy has proved that she can do anything!
Like her idol Barbra Streisand, Lea Michele was told that she would have to drastically change her appearance if she wanted to succeed in Hollywood. In an interview, the Broadway and television star said that before joining the cast of “Glee”, she was told that she “wasn’t pretty enough” and even had a manager tell her to get a nose job when she was just 15 years old!
Thankfully she dropped that manager and was later cast in major Broadway productions such as “Spring Awakening” and the Fox series “Glee” where she became a household name.
With her cheery persona and doll-like looks, it’s hard to imagine Reese Witherspoon having difficulty making it in Hollywood. But when the actress first arrived on the scene, she was constantly told, “No, not right – not tall enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough.”
While hearing those things would make anyone want to catch the next bus out of Los Angeles, Reese persevered thanks to her “tenacious personality”. We’re sure her fans are thankful for her stubbornness - we can’t imagine a world without Reese as Elle Woods in the Legally Blonde film series!
As the star of “Will & Grace”, actress Debra Messing was one of the funniest women on television, yet early on in her career, there was nothing funny about the criticism she received about her appearance. She shared that a famous director once made the crew stop filming so he could say, “How quickly can we get a plastic surgeon in here? Her nose is ruining my movie.”
The actress was shocked to have been “reduced to an un-Hollywood nose.” Today, Debra has embraced her features and has become a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress.