With her incredible bone structure and flowing red hair, actress Jessica Chastain is one of the most stunning and talented women in Hollywood. But it wasn’t long ago that not everyone felt that way.
“The Help” actress told “Telegraph” magazine, “Only in the past five years have people been telling me I’m attractive,” and that “Before then, I wasn’t getting parts because people kept telling me I wasn’t pretty enough.” If that wasn’t bad enough, many suggested that she dye her signature crimson locks blonde! Awful on so many levels!
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.
It’s an unfortunate reality that even some of the most beautiful actresses have been told by agents that they must undergo potentially dangerous surgeries in order to change their appearance in order to succeed. Early on in her career, "Pitch Perfect” star Elizabeth Banks was told by her first agent to surgically enhance her chest.
The actress told one outlet, “I was so grateful that I didn’t have enough money at the time to follow his advice.” Today she has a successful movie, television, and now directing career - all without changing who she is!
In case you thought that criticism was reserved for mere commoners, it turns out that even members of the royal family aren’t safe from mean comments! Before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was an actress trying to break into Hollywood and was often told she was “'Not thin enough, not pretty enough, not ethnic enough, while also being too thin, too ethnic, too pretty the very next day.'
Thankfully, not only did Meghan become part of the hit television series “Suits”, but she actually married a prince - seems pretty successful to us!
Rebel Wilson may be one of the funniest actresses in Hollywood, but while she is clearly a talented performer, many in show business just couldn’t see past her appearance. She shared that, “agents would look at me and just be like, ‘No way,’ because I was overweight,”
Thankfully, Rebel told herself, “I'm gonna take something that you think is a disadvantage — I don't actually think it's a disadvantage — and I'm going to turn it into my success story,’” And she did - with a successful film career, fashion line, and many other upcoming projects!