Whitney Cummings Initially Told She ‘Wasn’t Pretty Enough’ To Be A Leading Actress
4:30 pm, November 23rd | by Laura Donovan
When it comes to the entertainment industry, everyone has it harder than you’d think. Matthew McConaughey is practically disappearing for a role and already-trim Anne Hathaway looks lucky to be alive after shedding 25 pounds to portray an impoverished prostitute in “Les Miserables.” Of course, less established performers also face challenges, some of which can be debilitating or derail their professional paths entirely. Comedian Whitney Cummings could have easily given up and chosen a different line of work early on, when she was told she didn’t have the right kind of look to make it as a big name actress.
Speaking to New York magazine, the celebrity opened up about some brutal criticism she received in her beginning days as an entertainer:
“I remember my agent at ICM at the beginning of my career telling me that I wasn’t pretty enough, that I was always going to be a quirky sidekick. And he was an ogre of a man. He should have been carrying a torch. If he was in a bar, he couldn’t have come near me, and then he was deciding my fate.”
I hate to say that a remark like this could very well be enough to send aspiring actresses running for the hills (been there, not fun), but like many other successful female celebrities with unique or perhaps undervalued features and looks, Cummings did what she had to do to make it in the industry and found parts well suited for her. Besides, cinematic projects need more than just size two blonds, so we need more success stories like Cummings to show that there may very well be a place for every type of female in Hollywood. She may not seem all that admirable for ignoring the flak (a little criticism here and there isn’t so bad), but rejection of that nature is nearly impossible to overlook, making it all the more incredible that Cummings wasn’t destroyed by it.
[h/t The Frisky]