7 Actors Who Were Considered Too “Ugly” or Too “Pretty” for a Role


According to psychologists, more attractive persons are more successful in life. Beauty, on the other hand, can sometimes become an impediment rather than an assistance. While some of the performers in our collection were passed over for roles because producers thought they weren’t attractive enough, others were believed to be too attractive for particular roles. And, to be honest, we’re not sure what’s worse.

We uncovered performers who may have been passed up for major roles because they were too attractive or not attractive enough, and we’d like to tell you about them.

1. Keira Knightley

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Jane Austin’s popular novel Pride and Prejudice film adaptation included Keira Knightley, a well-known British actress. Even though Knightley seemed to be an ideal fit for the role of Elizabeth Bennet, director Joe Wright refused to recruit her because she was too attractive. “Then he approached me and said, ‘Oh no, you’re fine!'” Knightley laughs.

2. Andrew Garfield

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Andrew Garfield, who portrayed Peter Parker in one of the Spider-Man comic book adaptations, just earned a Golden Globe award. Garfield, on the other hand, was not always so fortunate. Andrew was auditioning for the role of Prince Caspian in the second film in The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy in 2008. The director was torn between Garfield and Ben Barns, who received the job.

“I recall feeling desperate. “This might be it, this could be it,” Andrew stated of his audition for Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia. When he didn’t get the part, he inquired of his secretary as to why. “It’s because they don’t believe you’re gorgeous enough, Andrew,” he explained after she finally cracked under my constant prodding.

3. Emmy Rossum

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It’s difficult to conceive the cast of Shameless could have been different after ten years and eleven seasons. Emmy Rossum, who played Fiona, the Gallagher family’s eldest daughter, could have been passed over for the position because she was too attractive. “They wouldn’t let me audition because they didn’t want to see me,” Rossum adds. “They assumed I couldn’t be gorgeous because my image was too dazzling.”

Emmy was undeterred. She recorded herself in the role of Fiona and showed it to the filmmakers. She landed the position after three additional auditions.

4. Jennifer Lawrence


Jennifer Lawerence rose to prominence and received her first Oscar nomination for her role in the film Winter’s Bone, which she starred in before taking on the legendary role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Lawrence’s illustrious career, on the other hand, may never have happened if she had been deemed too attractive. “They rejected me down, and then the casting was transferred to New York,” Jennifer explained. “I booked a red-eye flight to New York and showed up for casting the next day.”

“That’s always helpful.” Red-eye. I’m not taking a shower. Makeup-free. They eventually realised, ‘Oh, she’s correct.’ “She isn’t cute!” she exclaimed.

5. Hugh Grant


Hugh Grant’s appearance helped him play the macho male in numerous films, including Bridget Jones’s Diary, but there was one instance when it almost cost him the part. Grant starred in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, which was released in 1994. Even though Grant was cast in the role of Charles, the screenplay’s writer, Richard Curtis, did not want him to play him. “After the audition, Richard Curtis tried everything he could to keep me from obtaining the part,” Grant says.

He laughs, “They were looking for someone more middle of the road, and I believe I looked hoity-toity.”

6. Jamie Dornan

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Jaime Dornan performed a part in The Fall that differed from his best-recognised portrayal, Christian Grey. Gillian Anderson, Dornan’s co-star, stated that he may not have received the part at all. “The original plan wasn’t to hire someone who was that gorgeous,” Anderson explains. Dornan eventually landed the part, but it “had nothing to do with his amazing looks,” she says, “although we did grasp what it would do psychologically to the spectator during the process.”

“Something was appealing about that.”

7. Minnie Driver

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Minnie Driver, a British actress, discussed the rudest statement she has ever heard in her career. The remark nearly cost her the role of Skylar, Matt Damon’s love interest in the classic film Good Will Hunting. “The producer of Good Will Hunting didn’t think I was hot enough to be in that film,” she explained.

Fortunately, Driver was cast in the part and was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance.

Which tale surprised you the most? Do you have any suggestions for actors who may be included in this collection?

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