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'I had to face rejections in Hollywood'

Reese Witherspoon, the 35-year-old star who always wanted to be a doctor like her father, says 'acting just happened to her but later realised she is good at it', reported Daily Mail.

entertainment Updated: May 09, 2011 08:21 IST

Reese Witherspoon had to face rejections when she first came to Hollywood, but the Oscar-winning actress says she was stubborn enough to continue.

The 35-year-old star who always wanted to be a doctor like her father, says 'acting just happened to her but later realised she is good at it', reported Daily Mail.

"You have to be focused and tough because it takes a tenacious personality to deal with rejection. When I first came here, all I heard was, 'No, not right, not tall enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough'. But I didn't really care about their opinions.

I'm stubborn," she said. Witherspoon won an Academy Award when she was 29, for her portrayal of Johnny Cash's second wife, singer June Carter, in the 2005 biopic 'Walk the Line'. She is one of those actresses who do not complain about fame and didn't think she could relax after winning the Oscar.

"Winning the Oscar makes you feel, 'Oh gosh, I have to live up to that,' and it's difficult because as an actor you're at the mercy of other people creating opportunities for you to work," she said. The 'Water For Elephants' star insists that the values instilled in her by her parents are the reasons people perceive her as down to earth. "I do think it is a gift to be empathic enough to be able to play a character.

I'm a very empathic person. I travel around the world, and I started thinking about what fame means, and how I can use it to help other women. My mother instilled in me a desire to give back."