You may find this hard to believe, but 18-time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep almost didn't become an actress because she thought she was "too ugly."
While accepting an honorary doctorate from Indiana University, the 64-year-old talked about the self-esteem issues she faced while entering such a "vain" profession.
"I think I was probably like every other girl who puts on a princess dress and expects everyone to pay full and total attention," shared the August: Osage County star. "And most of us grow out of that. I was always in plays, but I thought it was vain to be an actress."
She continued, "Plus, I thought I was too ugly to be an actress. Glasses weren't fabulous then."
We're sad to think the legendary thespian ever thought that way, but luckily for us, sleeping through a law bar exam is what helped nudge Meryl to choose acting as her career. And she had some helpful advice for anyone interested in the industry.
"For young men, and women, what makes you different or weird, that's your strength," the mom-of-four explained.
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"Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up," she shared. "I used to hate my nose. Now I don't. It's okay."
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