10+ Actors Who Failed to Fit Into Hollywood Beauty Standards, but All of Us Take Our Hats Off to Them

What is beauty? According to the Oxford dictionary, beauty is defined as a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially sight. It sounds vague, right? No one can define “beauty”. There is no recipe for what makes a person beautiful. Everyone is beautiful for different reasons.

When it comes to celebrities, we immediately think of those who are close to perfect. Famous people with Greek god-like bodies, iconic hair, and dazzling smiles are often hired to star in films. But It hasn't always been that way. Many actors are invited to play in big projects because of their skills and experience, not their appearance.

We've made a list of talented actors who failed to fit into Hollywood beauty standards, but all of us take our hats off to them. These are actors who don't fit Hollywood's beauty standards. 

#1 Rebel Wilson

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It is undeniable that Rebel Wilson is a talented actor. Her work in “Pitch perfect” (2012) earned her international recognition. Despite that, she continues to face criticism for her appearance. All the thing she does now is to keep working hard and that has inspired many young women in the world.

#2 Peter Dinklage

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Despite his perfect performance in the HBO series “Game of Thrones”, Peter Dinklage feels that his height limits his choice of characters. Having more than 20 years of experience in acting, he still is rejected. But now, he is one of the most awarded actors.

#3 Rossy de Palma

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Rossy de Palma is famous because of her role in award-winning director Pedro Almodóvar’s film Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). The Spanish actress was borthered at first when everyone talked about her big nose. De Palma began to turn what was a disadvantage into an advantage and proves that it’s not necessary to stand out for being pretty, distinguished, or glamorous but more so for being original and talented.

#4 Octavia Spencer

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Octavia Spencer is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Critics' Choice Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Despite her long career, she has faced limitations in her choice of roles. She said: “I wish this for all of my fellow actors, rank-and-file actors who have been kicking it around as long as I have... I hope that I am a beacon of hope for them because really and truly, they know what it’s like to have constant rejection and to have hope, so hopefully, I will represent that for them.”

#5 Amy Schumer

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Amy Schumer is known for her roles in romantic comedies. Though “I Feel Pretty” (2018) showcased how far she had come, the actress received criticism for her physical appearance multiple times. At that time, she chose to ignore and respond with humor and grace. Her action encourages many women all around the world.

#6 Yalitza Aparicio

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Yalitza Aparicio got famous and was nominated for an Oscar thanks to her role in Netflix’s “Roman” (2018). BBC included her on the list of the 100 most influential women in the world in 2019 because her role promotes gender equality, the rights of indigenous communities, and the constitutional protection of domestic workers.

#7 Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg is one of the few people that won all 4 of America’s top entertainment industry awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Despite her 40 years of experience in acting, she had to deal with Hollywood stereotypes. Even at the 2016 Oscar awards gala, she was mistaken for Oprah Winfrey.

#8 Jack Black

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For his performance in “School of Rock”, the actor has conquered millions of hearts of several generations. His role earned him a Golden Global nomination. At first glance, we might think that his physical appearance has caused him problems, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

#9 John Bradley-West

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Known for portraying Samwell Tarly in HBO’s series “Game of Thrones”, he was grateful to the producers of the series. It’s just because they accepted his body. It is a fact that HBO producers were looking for someone that looked exactly like him, and that clearly contributed a lot to improving his career.

#10 Josh Gad

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All of us love Olaf and Josh Gad who voiced the character. His work in “Frozen” earned him 2 Annie Awards. However, many might not know that before success knocked at his door, he received a bunch of rejection letters.

#11 Ron Perlman

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Hellboy in the movie of the same name may be the most memorable character of the amazing actor. Ron Perlman has more than 40 years of experience in acting and voicing, working on countless movies and TV shows.
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