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Rejection didn’t deter Reese

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

entertainment Updated: May 11, 2011 01:20 IST

Reese Witherspoon had to face rejections when she first came to Hollywood, but the Oscar-winning actor 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 focussed 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.

But she has her head firmly on her shoulders. “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.

“My mother instilled in me a desire to give back,” she added.