Meryl Streep Was Told She Was "Too Ugly" For A Role. Here's How She Responded

Written by Emi Boscamp

UPDATE: Turns out, this Facebook post was not from Meryl Streep herself but an unofficial fan page. Bummer. The audition story, however, is true.

Of course, we love Meryl Streep for her unbeatable acting abilities — which should have given her many more Oscars than she has (I mean, Adaptation? Come on.) — but what we love most about her is what an amazing role model she is.

Yesterday, she shared a photo (above) of herself from 1975, when she was on the subway on her way home from an audition for the movie King Kong. From the blissful look on her face, it seems like it went well. But the reason this day is so important to her is because it went terribly.

During her audition, Producer Dino De Laurentiis said, within earshot of Streep, "che brutta," or, in English, "how ugly." In response, she took a deep breath and retorted back in Italian, "I'm very sorry that I'm not as beautiful as I should be but, you know — this is it. This is what you get." The part went to Jessica Lange instead.

But she's actually thankful for this pivotal moment in her life, and she wants to inspire others to use negativity to motivate themselves. And good thing she did exactly that — or else her life (and our lives, too!) would be a whole lot different.

Just imagine: a Meryl-less Hollywood. *shudders*

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