Although she went on to win an Emmy and execute some unforgettable performances, Ellen Barkin says she felt she was cursed when she first started out.
“I went to the High School of Performing Arts and I was extremely underappreciated, to put it mildly.
“They would call my parents, and in front of my face, would say: ‘You’re not pretty. You’re too funny-looking. Your teeth, you could fix, but your nose, your squinty eyes, your mouth is lopsided. You have a little bit of talent, but you’ve got no spark.’
“It did a good and a bad thing,” she says.
“I studied acting for 10 years before I ever went on an audition. And I just thought, ‘Since I have nothing else I’m going to make sure I know the mechanics of this job.’
“And in some ways it served me enormously well because I was a very confident actor. And when I lost jobs, I never considered it was because I couldn’t act.” – Tribune News Service