There are two types of people in the talent agencies’ world – those who can claim the honor of having discovered a star and those who were too blind to see the potential in an actor knocking on their door.

Many of today’s celebrities had a hard time establishing themselves in Hollywood after being told they were too ugly to have a shot at a career. Today, most of these people are on every Hot Celebrities’ list.

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10 /10 Winona Ryder

The ‘Girl, Interrupted’ star had a most brutal first attempt at a movie career. People would constantly tell her to give up on her dreams as she did not have the looks needed to make it in this industry.

The absolute worst came during an audition when she was cut off mid-sentence by a very rude director who probably thought he was doing the young aspiring actress a favor.

You are not pretty enough,’ he told her. You should go back to wherever you came from, and you should go to school. You don’t have it.‘ Fortunately, she did not listen.

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9 /10 Meryl Streep

One of the best actresses of her generation, Meryl Streep has an awe-inspiring career behind her. As she once said, she’s almost ashamed to be nominated for yet another award.

And, however, it took her a lot of determination to make herself known. In 1976, famed producer Dino de Laurentiis rejected her bid for the central female part in King Kong, telling her to her face she was too ugly to be an actress, let alone a leading lady.

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8 /10 Taylor Lautner

The actor who rose to fame with his Twilight saga role is quite the Hollywood hunk today. However, it wasn’t easy. First, he got a part; then, he was told the producers had second thoughts about him, as he was too skinny.

When he heard he was being recast for another movie, Lautner committed to a hellish bodybuilding routine, training almost every day and eating a lot to build up a healthier body. It worked, and he’s still very much into training, much to the delight of his fans.

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7 /10 Judi Dench

Alright, British actress Judi Dench was never what you’d define as hot, at least not by today’s standards. When she was young, she was told to forget about acting, as she didn’t have a perfect face.

Yet, the 85-year old Judi Dench is one of the best actresses in the world, her merits being acknowledged by the Queen of England who named her Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1988.

Let’s not forget the impressive list of film awards, including an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in ‘Shakespeare in love.’

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6 /10 Reese Witherspoon

The 44-year old actress moved to LA when she was very young, determined to be a movie star. She had studied acting and was reasonably confident of her talent, but she was promptly rejected for not being pretty enough whenever she applied for a part.

Reese Witherspoon wasn’t one to give up quickly, and it paid off. When she went to a casting call for The Man in the Moon, she was desperate to get any part, just a chance to have a few lines. Luckily, someone spotted her potential and offered her the leading role.

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5 /10 Kate Winslet

It’s hard to believe Kate Winslet ever made it to the Titanic, considering how hard it was to make producers notice her. Her main fault, she was too fat to be an actress, they said.

When she was a teenager studying acting, her teacher told her she was talented, but she could not hope for more than ‘fat girl’ parts.

Her advice to those who are faced with criticism – ‘Just don’t listen to any of it, because that’s what I did – I kept on going, and I overcame my fears and got over my insecurities.’

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4 /10 Benedict Cumberbatch

He’s one of the sexiest men alive, yet Benedict Cumberbatch had a hard time convincing producers he was attractive enough.

The weird ginger one,’ they called him. He almost didn’t get to play Sherlock Holmes in the hit series that brought him many accolades.

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3 /10 Viola Davis

The talented American actress was denied many opportunities early in her career as she was seen as ‘less classically beautiful,’ a polite term to call her downright ugly.

She persevered, and she ended up winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her part in the 2016 Fences.

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2 /10 Selena Gomez

How do you deal with being always told you’re not sexy enough to be a star? According to Selena Gomez, you ignore those who tell you such things and carry on. It took some guts, but she did not bow to pressure and try for a complete makeover.

The sexiest thing … is class. I promise you that each and every one of you is made to be who you are. That is what’s so attractive and beautiful.”

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1 /10 Mindy Kaling

The star of The Mindy Project went through a mind-boggling experience. She had already gained fame with her sitcom when a major television network offered to take it on.

On one condition, she had to audition for her part, and she was rejected. How weird is that?

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