Meryl Streep: I Thought I Was Too Ugly to Be an Actress

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Gasp! Meryl Streep is widely considered the greatest actress in Hollywood, but according to the three-time Oscar winner, becoming a film star seemed very daunting at first — and for an unthinkable reason.

“I think I was probably like every other girl who puts on a princess dress and expects everyone to pay full and total attention. And most of us grow out of that. I was always in plays, but I thought it was vain to be an actress,” the 64-year-old said while accepting an honorary doctorate from Indiana University on April 16. “Plus, I thought I was too ugly to be an actress. Glasses weren’t fabulous then.”

“For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight,” continued the graduate of Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama. “Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things.”

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