9 Beautiful Actresses Who Might Not Get the Roles They Really Want Because of Their Appearances

In Hollywood, many actors have spent quite a long time getting just a small role in movies. Before proving themself with acting skills, actors have to overcome the “appearance test” of the casting directors. There are over 19,730 actors currently employed in the United States and the number of actors who decide to quit acting is also impressive too. The casting directors often say, “You’re too old for this role” or” You’re not old enough for serious movies.”

However, an actress sometimes won’t get a role due to their look, weight, ethnicity, or the type of character she tends to play in movies. It’s such a pity that actors can’t get the movie characters they really want to portray. Many movie stars really understand this experience. Can you believe that Jenna Ortega almost quit acting before starring in the Wednesday Addams series on Netflix? And other celebrities with different mind-blowing stories will leave you in awe. Scroll down and check them out!

#1 Jenna Ortega

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This 20-year-old actress is globally known for the series Wednesday. But before that, Jenna was thinking about quitting. As she said, she was regarded as an actress who is too old for children’s roles and too young for serious ones.

“Nobody tells you this until you get there, but there’s an awkward phase in your life where you’re going through puberty, and there’s a 2-year span where work is just extra hard to find,” Jenna states. Another thing that stop her career from growing was her collaboration with Disney. Jenna must prove something more than just portraying Disney characters. Still, she actually proved it by playing in 2 horror movies, Scream and X.

#2 Anne Hathaway

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After Anne Hathaway turned 30, she started to experience certain problems in finding movie roles. In fact,  the roles that she got weren’t often her actual age.

“When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them. And now I’m in my early thirties, and I’m like, ’Why did that 24-year-old get that part?’”

#3 Jennifer Lawrence

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As Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, the actress was directly asked how much weight she was going to lose. But the actress never wanted to lose weight. She didn’t want other girls “who are going to dress up as Katniss to feel like they can’t because they’re not a certain weight.” And she refused the request.

Thankfully, Jennifer sees that requirements have been changing currently. “I remember when I was doing The Hunger Games, nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work — because we were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead. And it just makes me so happy every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every one of those beliefs.”

#4 Margot Robbie

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During the press conference of the premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a journalist asked the director why Margot Robbie’s character didn’t have so many lines in the movie. After that, there were heated debates online about why Robbie, who is a very talented actress, only got a few lines in the film.

The director, Quentin Tarantino, explained that the protagonist of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Rick Dalton, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. Therefore, the story revolved around him. However, he promised to let Robbie’s character have more lines in the director’s cut of the movie.

#5 Florence Pugh

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Florence Pugh said that when she landed a starring role in the series about a rising pop star at 19 years old, she was asked to change her look. “All the things that they were trying to change about me ― whether it was my weight, my look, the shape of my face, the shape of my eyebrows ― that was so not what I wanted to do, or the industry I wanted to work in,” Pugh revealed.

Finally, the series was canceled after the pilot episode, and the actress returned to England, believing that her career was over. Thankfully, this never happened. Two weeks later, she was cast to star in the movie named Lady Macbeth.

#6 Ana de Armas

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After portraying in the flick Knives Out, Ana de Armas’ career took off. Still, the actress nearly refused the role of Marta Cabrera.

In fact, Ana is from Cuba, and after reading the script, she thought that Marta was just another “pretty Latina caretaker.” And she didn’t like that because, according to the actress, Latina characters often lack depth and characterization. Luckily, Ana finally changed her mind.

#7 Zoe Saldaña

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Zoe Saldaña has also opened up about the stress that society puts on women. According to her, as soon as a woman has children and turns 40, she’s supposed to be old.
“I’m 44, and I took control over my aging, and I took control over my voice and how I consider myself as a woman. And I’m so happy that I’m able to collaborate with filmmakers and producers and people in this industry that want women to be ageless and who don’t fetishize women’s youth.”

#8 Reese Witherspoon

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The role in the film Election put Reese Witherspoon’s career at risk. She started to be considered typecast. Therefore, it was never easy for her to land the part of Elle Woods.

“They thought I was a shrew. My manager finally called and said, ’You’ve got to go meet with the studio head because he will not approve you. He thinks you really are your character from Election and that you’re repellent.’ And then I was told to dress sexy.” Eventually, the actress landed the starring role in the movie Legally Blonde, which made her a star.

#9 Emily Blunt

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Emily Blunt had to struggle to land her iconic role in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. Indeed, she almost bombed her audition because the film director believed she wasn’t stylish enough. In fact, she was rushing to the airport and was wearing sweatpants, so they didn’t regard her as a fashion magazine employee.

Finally, the director told her, “We need you to do it again, but can you, like, not wear sweatpants? Because the studio needs to see you look more stylish—more like the character.” So, she landed the role only after meeting their demands. By the way, Emily reveals that her interest in fashion increased significantly after taking part in this flick.