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13 Times Actors Didn’t Sugarcoat What It’s Really Like To Be An Actor In Hollywood And All The Rejection That Comes With It

1. Heather Matarazzo

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«I have taken the disappointments, the rejections, etc., and maintained that rejection is redirection. I have had continual FAITH in the Universe, but today, something broke. I feel cast aside. I’ve given my life to acting for over 30 years and am done struggling to survive.»

2. Mena Massoud

Mena smiles as he wears a suit at a red carpet event

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“It’s wild to a lot of people. People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, ‘OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition?’ Like, I’m not expecting you to be like, here’s Batman. But can I just get in the room? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”

3. Katherine Heigl

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«What is your definition of difficult? Somebody with an opinion that you don’t like? Now, I’m 42, and that shit pisses me off. At the time, I was just quickly told to shut the fuck up. The more I said I was sorry, the more they wanted it,» Heigl continued. «The more terrified and scared I was doing something wrong, the more I came across like I had really done something horribly wrong.»

4. Sara Weisglass

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«No, I was unemployed and felt like ass. You have to be so grateful in the moments when it’s painful and you get told no. Rejection sucks, I’m still dealing with it. But the rejections make the good times so much better.»

5. John Krasinski

«I was like, ‘So, I’m out,'» John said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. «‘This is terrible. It’s so scary. This is the worst. Waiting tables, not as fun as they say.’ And she said, ‘You know, it’s September. Just wait it out. Just wait ’til the end of the year. Don’t give up just yet.’ I was telling her to come get me…and three weeks later, I got The Office.«

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6. Deborah Ann Woll

«If I’m not acting, I’m not sure who I am. And since it’s been so long since I’ve really gotten to do it, I’m struggling a little bit with how to maintain my self-worth, my sense of my own value. I haven’t had an acting job since, and that’s been really hard for me. So even before COVID kind of flipped the world on its head, I was struggling with this.»

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7. Liz Gillies

«Cut to me in my basement playing The Sims for 18 hours. I’m not lying. Cut to my great-grandma of 98 being like, ‘She needs to go out and get drunk, and maybe have a one-night stand, because it’s killing us.'»

8. Brendan Fraser

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«The phone does stop ringing in your career, and you start asking yourself why,» Brendan told GQ. «There’s many reasons, but was this one of them? I think it was.” And that, he says, is why he ultimately disappeared for a while. “I bought into the pressure that comes with the hopes and aims that come with a professional life that’s being molded and shaped and guided and managed. I just felt I couldn’t be a part of it. I didn’t feel that I belonged.”

9. Susan Sarandon

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«You’re so punished in this business,» Susan said. «When people say, ‘Do you think you’ve lost work because of your politics?’ I say, ‘No, you lose work because you get old and fat!’ That’s when they write you off in Hollywood. There’s the inevitability of the deterioration of the physical. That forces you to think, really, what is beauty and what survives?»

10. Gal Gadot

«‘I don’t know if I want to pursue [acting].’ And then, during those two weeks, I had the Wonder Woman audition. Isn’t it crazy the way the world, the universe, works?»

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11. Joshua Bassett

«I remember telling my dad, ‘The joy of [acting] is gone. I don’t enjoy it anymore. It’s not something I want to do.’ And he [was] like, ‘You’ve gone this far, why don’t you just wait it out a month?’ And I was like, ‘OK, fine.’ I was ready to quit that day and then just about a month later is when I got the show.»

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12. Laverne Cox

«I was just like, ‘I’ve got to do something else. I mean, who do I think I am? I’m a Black transgender woman — no one’s ever done this before, let me go and do something, have a real job or something.'»

13. Hong Chau

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«Every once in a while, something would come along that would keep you in there for another, like, couple of months before you’d want to quit again, and so luckily I didn’t quit and I stuck with it.»

Are you familiar with a time when a celebrity spoke out about not getting work? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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