The more beautiful you are, the easier it is to get jobs in Hollywood, right?
The gorgeous Keira Knightley was recently slammed by director John Carney, saying that he learned to “never make a film with supermodels again”.
Then we have the beautiful Kate Beckinsale, who was probably seated a few chairs away from director Michael Bay when he said that he picked her for the female lead role in Pearl Harbour because she “wasn’t so attractive”.
“Sorry, too busy laughing – what did you say?”
Wait a minute – if Kate Beckinsale “wasn’t so attractive”… what does that make us?
Then again, these cases aren’t the only ones to have happened in Hollywood:
#1 Charlize Theron: “Too pretty for meaty roles”
Pretty people have problems too, you know. Charlize told British GQ that not many female roles are made for “gorgeous, f**king gown-wearing eight-foot models” like herself.
While that may sound a little arrogant, but she has a valid point. Actresses are, more often than not, chosen not for their acting abilities, but for their looks.
#2 Winona Ryder: “Not pretty enough to be an actress”
Winona Ryder with her big, bright eyes and captivating smile was once told by a casting director to “go back” to school. She was reading lines during an audition when the casting director interrupted her, told her that she “should not be an actress” because she was “not pretty enough”.
That happened when she was 15-16 years old. A few years later, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Age of Innocence.
#3 Lea Michele: “You have to get a nose job”
When her mother brought her to meet a manager to start an acting career, the Glee star was told to get a nose job first. Lea’s mum supported her daughter, telling her that she didn’t need to alter her appearance just to be an actress.
This is why you should always listen to your mum, because mums know best. True enough, it was Lea’s voice that got her noticed, not her nose.
#4 Scarlett Johansson: “Too sexy for a role”
Director David Fincher said that he couldn’t offer the role of Lisbeth Salander (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) to Scarlett because she was too sexy. He explained that Scarlett nailed the audition, but he thinks that the audience just wants to see her “take her clothes off”.
Too sexy to play an angsty, murderous teenager? Someone get this guy a DVD of The Avengers and Lucy, stat.
#5 Emma Watson: “Too good-looking”
Purists may think that Emma doesn’t fit JK Rowling’s description of the intelligent Hermione Granger. Rowling also felt that Emma, along with the other two main actors, were “too good looking” for their roles. However, she never objected to their casting.
We’re not complaining too. As far as we’re concerned, Emma played her character to perfection.
#6 Gwyneth Paltrow: “Not pretty enough to play Audrey Hepburn”
Despite being crowned the Most Beautiful Person Alive by People magazine in 2013, fans still think she wasn’t pretty enough to portray Audrey Hepburn. We agree that no one can channel the same classy aura that Audrey has, but perhaps fans have gone a little overboard with their criticism?
Gwyneth apparently portrayed three other style icons for the same campaign – Briggite Bardot, Farrah Fawcett, and Madonna – but these photos didn’t get as much hate as the Audrey Hepburn one.
#7 Reese Witherspoon: “Not pretty/sexy/tall enough”
Being fun-sized is an issue if you’re an actress in Hollywood. The Legally Blonde star was told that she wasn’t pretty or sexy enough to land roles, one even said she wasn’t tall enough. The situation was so bad that Reese had to resort to hypnosis to gain some confidence.
But hey, look where she is now. Reese has won 33 film awards, including an Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe.
We say: To hell with what everyone thinks – we’re all beautiful in our own ways, inside and out!
Words by Esther Chung
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