Kristen Bell was told she wasn’t “pretty enough” to play the attractive girls onscreen at the start of her career.
The Frozen II actress, 39, told Vanity Fair that when she was starting out as an actress, she’d constantly be told she was “not pretty enough to play the pretty girl”.
“I remember early on, getting feedback, that I wasn’t enough in either category. I would get feedback from an audition: ‘Well, you’re not pretty enough to play the pretty girl, but you’re not quirky enough or weird enough to play the weird girl’,” she recalled.
However, for the aspiring Hollywood star, she was just grateful to be considered for a part at all, adding: “I was like ‘OK so does that just mean I can’t be an actor? What does that mean?’ That’s what I was getting feedback on in every single audition.”
Now, The Good Place star has noted the criteria for acting roles has shifted and producers aren’t so preoccupied with looks anymore, with casting directors favouring “dimensional people that don’t have to be one thing”.
“I think as I’ve grown older, those boxes have changed and they’ve almost gone away,” she explained. “It’s this huge grey area now of all these beautiful stories you can tell.”
And Kristen is “grateful” for how roles for women and men have become more inclusive over the years.
“It’s not the ’80s where you have to have the popular girl and then the nerd who gets the guy. It’s not that anymore and I’m really grateful for that. It opens up a lot of opportunities for everyone to play and pretend, which is the most fun part,” she added.
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