After sharing an inspirational quote on Instagram, Reese Witherspoon has revealed that she was once considered “too smart” and “too feisty” for a part in a movie.
Yes, even the fifth highest paid female actor in Hollywood has found herself crying in the shower over rejections in her career and relationships. Witherspoon opened up about her experiences in a candid and uplifting Instagram post on Tuesday (3 September).
“So many stories on Instagram focus on success, but sometimes it’s important to remember that rejection or failure can really be a great help in our lives.
“When I first started as an actor, I went on an audition for a part that I wanted more than ANYTHING. This was an incredible movie with a huge male movie star as the lead. I had 3 callbacks, then a screen test and one day my agent called and said, ‘You didn’t get the part, the lead actor liked working with the other actress more’.
“Oh boy, did I cry. Ugly tears. For 3 whole days. But I recovered. And I got a different job. It wasn’t the same and I never watched that movie (!) but I learned so much from that experience. Over the years, I lost as many parts as I got. I was always considered TOO something. Too short. Too feisty. Too energetic. I once got told I seemed too smart to play a young female character.
“I’m not gonna lie, sometimes all the rejection would hurt my feelings, I would take it personally. I definitely cried in the shower a lot in my 20’s. What I didn’t know then was: rejection teaches you perseverance and how to get tough.
“And you also learn… not every path is right for you. My friend @kerrywashington always says ‘Rejection is God’s protection’.
“You are on a path that is made for YOU. Sometimes the universe is protecting you from a bad job or a toxic relationship.
“So remember next time you fail at something or someone leaves you heartbroken…. let yourself be sad, grieve what didn’t happen for a minute but move ON. Better things are waiting for you. : @abeautifulmess”
These are definitely words worth remembering the next time you feel defeated in your personal or professional life.