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Actors Who Have Spoken Up About Rejection Because Of The Way They Look

Celebrities in Hollywood are expected to stroll the red carpet, shine on the big screen, or perform on stage with the highest level of attractiveness. Sometimes, even acting skill won’t get you very far if you don’t have the correct appearance. Here’s a list of 5 actors who faced rejection because of their looks:

1. Amy Schumer

One of the actors rejected due to her looks: Amy Schumer
Stand-up Comedian and actress: Amy Schumer.

Amy Schumer had to shed a massive amount of weight for her debut film ‘Trainwreck.’ She claimed, however, that she felt bad about how skeletal she seemed in the movie and ‘revenge ate’ to return to her previous appearance. She also revealed that she lost weight because she was one of the actors who were told they wouldn’t be famous until they lose weight. Furthermore, she alleged that she was only assigned parts that demanded her to look a certain way.

2. Kate Beckinsale

One of the actors rejected due to her looks: Kate Beckinsale
English actress and model: Kate Beckinsale.

Director Michael Bay pushed Kate Beckinsale on an intensive diet and training because he didn’t think she was attractive enough for her part in Pearl Harbor. “I didn’t make sense to him as an attractive woman,” Beckinsale told Yahoo Entertainment. “So there was a lot of panic and concern over, ‘How on earth are we gonna make her attractive?'”. Furthermore, she also claimed that he was worried because Kate wasn’t blonde and ..wait for it.. her bust wasn’t bigger than her head.

3. Viola Davis

One of the actors rejected due to her looks: Viola Davis
Most nominated black actress in Oscar history: Viola Davis.

After a journalist stated she was ‘less classically beautiful’ than her Hollywood colleagues, Oscar winner Viola Davis responded with a powerful statement. The actress retaliated, saying she would no longer allow such a harsh statement to characterize or ‘erase’ her, as she may have done in the past. She confidently stated that beauty is a subjective concept. “I’ve heard that statement my entire life. Being a dark-skinned black woman – you hear it from the time you get out of the womb. Classically not beautiful is a fancy term of saying ugly, and denouncing you, erasing you” Viola remarked.

4. Lea Michele

One of the actors rejected due to her looks: Lea Michele
American actress, singer, songwriter, and author: Lea Michele.

Before Lea Michele’s Glee period, she was persuaded that if she wanted to be famous, she needed plastic surgery. “When I was 15, my mother and I went to see a manager who said, ‘You have to get a nose job in order for me to work with you,'” Michele claimed in a 2011 interview with Allure. However, thanks to her mother’s advice, she protected her natural characteristics and became one of the A-list actors anyway!

5. Maggie Gyllenhaal

American actress and filmmaker: Maggie Gyllenhaal.
American actress and filmmaker: Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Maggie Gyllenhaal an immensely successful actress, is best recognized for her role in the Batman films. Hollywood would be knocking down Gyllenhaal’s door to get her a new position if they were savvy. That’s why it was shocking to hear her admit that she faced rejection because she was too old to play the lover of a 55 year old man. The most revolting part? She herself is just 37.

Written by Alfeeya Pathan

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