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Winona Ryder Was Told She Wasn't 'Pretty Enough' to Act

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Winona Ryder recently told Interview magazine that she lost a lot of roles when she was just starting out because she wasn't "pretty enough."

"I was in the middle of auditioning, and I was mid-sentence when the casting director said, 'Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough. You should go back to wherever you came from and you should go to school. You don't have it.'"

"She was very blunt - I honestly think that she thought she was doing me a favor. I was around 15 or 16. But it's funny - and this is a testament to my parents and how they raised me - I wasn't crushed. They had always instilled in me that it was way cooler to be an individual and to be unique and that you don't want to blend it."

She said her life as a young actor has taught her to be more sympathetic to actresses just starting out.

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When she was asked about young actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart, she said she wonders if she would have become an actress if she was at their age now.

"I've only seen part of Twilight, but I've seen their other work and they're both super-talented. I don't know how they do it, though, in just trying to maintain some degree of personal life and privacy," she said. 

Sources: ICYDK