Some people argue being actors is more about talents and hard works, and less about how you look. In reality, it takes the combination of all three to secure a series of lucrative acting gigs.

After all, this is an industry that sells you good entertainment presented by attractive people.

Directors have their own methods to choose the right actors for every role, yet some apparently put greater emphasis on appearance instead of skills and professionalism.

In such case, casting decision ultimately comes down to whether the actors are good-looking enough.

If you don’t look like you could be featured on the cover or Maxim or GQ, chances are the role will go to the next person who does.

There is the unwritten impossibly high standards for physical and facial features in Hollywood to the point where the now-famous people were once considered too ugly for the roles they auditioned for. The following people can tell you all about the experience firsthand.

10 Kat Dennings

There was once a profile published by The New York Times revealing that Kat Dennings was told to have a major overhaul of her looks.

Of course it happened when she was still a newcomer in the business.

In the profile Dennings were suggested to dye her hair, lose weight, tighten up her teeth, and get a tan.

Luckily for viewers all over the world, Dennings didn’t even budge.

So far she has managed to lure the hearts of millions of fans with her natural look and attractiveness.

9 Meryl Streep

Still holding the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor and with nine Golden Globe Awards including a Cecil B. DeMille Award, Meryl Streep is largely considered the best female actor of her generation.

You can’t achieve that by hard works, great attitude, and attractive face, you need to have a massive amount of talent too.

That being said, Streep was once rejected for a role in the 1976 remake of King Kong; the producer called her “ugly thing” but that was before she rose to prominence.

8 Kesha

Her highly publicized legal battle with Dr. Luke is not the only highlight in Kesha’s story.

Even before the lawsuit came to surface, Kesha was a subject of harsh criticism from David Sonenberg, her manager at that time.

Sonenberg insisted her to lose weight and keep on becoming thinner for fame. Such behavior eventually led Kesha to bulimia, for which she later had to be treated in a rehab.

Thankfully Kesha has made recovery and continues to stay active and creative.

7 Benedict Cumberbatch

You wouldn’t believe that Benedict Cumberbatch was almost rejected for the role of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories.

One can confidently say that Cumberbatch is no Jeremy Brett indeed, but then again somebody has to give him a chance to at least keep up with the late actor.

Mark Gatiss, the writer and co-creator of the show, revealed that his bosses didn’t think Cumberbatch was s*xy enough for the role, but they took the risk anyway.

The gamble paid off.



6 Chrissy Teigen

In one photo shoot for Forever 21, the supermodel Chrissy Teigen was dismissed for one reason only: she was considered fat.

The clothing store sent some photos to her agency with a message saying Teigen was too heavy.

Regardless of her reaction to the reporting, Teigen went on to take her much deserved place on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010, and later on the cover for the 50th anniversary alongside Lily Aldridge and Nina Agdal four years later.

5 Lena Dunham

When the script demands an actor to display intensive angst of being unattractive, unsuccessful, unpopular, undesired, and unloved, there must be one name that comes up flying to the top: Lena Dunham.

In real life, however, Dunham has been listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, signed multimillion dollar book deal, and completed her series GIRLS.

People have called her hideous and fat, but she walked on. Dunham admits she has a lot of shortcomings, but at the same time she proves everyone should be able to express themselves fully and freely.

4 Jennifer Lawrence

The defining role of Jennifer Lawrence’s career is Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

She took a backlash at the beginning, just because some people though Lawrence was a little too heavy for the role.

Even some major publications agreed Lawrence’s physical build was not convincing enough in the film because Everdeen was supposed to be poorly-fed, manly, and somewhat short.

Perhaps what they meant was that Lawrence was simply too pretty, instead of too ugly.

Nobody can please everybody, anyway.

3 Britney Spears

Following a series of poor decisions including shaving her head bald, reckless driving, and attacking paparazzi, Britney Spears was once considered at the end of her career.

Instead of seeing her as a lost beauty, critics jumped quickly to conclusions that Spears was on a collision course to oblivion.

It is true the pop singer had rough days when she was in bad shape due to weight gain and questionable mental state, but in the last decade she proved everyone was wrong.

2 Rebel Wilson

In her 2019 film Isn’t It Romantic, Rebel Wilson plays the role of a woman trapped in a romantic comedy.

The trailer shows how some dreamy attractive men are trying to show romantic gestures to her.

Bear in mind she is the same actor who portrayed Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, and as you’ve probably known the character was the fat girl filling the role as comic relief, not the romantic type.

Therefore Isn’t It Romantic presents a touch of irony, one that some people unfortunately see as a terrible failure.

1 Taylor Lautner

If you take a closer look at the first part of Twilight Saga, chances are Taylor Lautner was not as muscular as in the next parts.

Lautner actually faced criticisms because her build was not quite right for the role.

There were rumors producers were not certain if he would be included in the next films.

Against the odds, Lautner committed to muscle-building routine between scenes and met the expectations.

Otherwise people might not be so pleased watching him shirtless in screen.

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