Everyone loves a good underdog story, and in Hollywood there are plenty of them. Here are 15 celebs who faced rejection early on in their careers, but eventually overcame it to become some of the most successful in the industry.
For example, Judi Dench is an Oscar-nominated actress who has been in some of the biggest films over the past few decades. She started her career back in 1957, and was quickly met with sexism. A director told her she'd never make it because of her "wrong face." Clearly, he was wrong and Judi went on to have a hugely successful career.
Or let’s take Sydney Sweeney, who is another actress having a moment right now. You may have seen her recently on shows like Euphoria and The Handmaid's Tale. But things could have gone very differently for Sydney - when she first started out trying to break into television, one casting director told her she would "never" be on TV because of how she looked. Clearly, well, that wasn't true either as Sydney has landed some major roles lately.
A GLEE star was told to get a nose job.
Boy George's career counselor suggested he work in an apple packing factory, but after five weeks it was clear this life wasn't for him.
People told Reese Witherspoon she wasn't tall/pretty/smart enough to make it in LA.
Salma Hayek overcame discrimination in Hollywood.
Gisele Bündchen was told her nose was too big and eyes too small.
Winona Ryder was rejected by a casting director who told her she wasn't pretty enough to be an actress.
Sally Field's management told her she "wasn't pretty enough."
Winslet was told fat girl parts are all she'd get.
Weinstein told Delevingne she wouldn't make it because of her sexuality.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is successful and lucky because he didn't listen to the haters.
You told Mark Ruffalo he wouldn't make it as an actor? Get a new job, because you were wrong!
Ed Sheeran's former managers wanted him to change his hair color and ditch his looping pedal if he ever wanted to be a star.
Millie Bobby Brown is a superstar, but could have gone very differently if she listened to one powerful casting director.
Sydney Sweeney is killing it on TV, despite what some casting director said about her looks.