Zooey Deschanel has commented about being unique:
“I don’t think I’m very much like anyone else, really. I’m sure there are aspects of other actors that I share, but I don’t see anybody else and go, ‘Damn, they stole my thing.’ I’m me, and I like that there are people who have an appreciation for that.” …
“I don’t want to be a babe. I don’t want vanity to ever get in the way, because I think to maintain that, you have to be aware of yourself all the time, and that gets in the way of acting. My job’s not to be the beautiful person. My job is to be the best actor I can be.” [imdb.com]
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Gaining attention and work as an actor may be fueled by beauty for many women – and men – but there can be a downside.
For example, Evangeline Lilly has said:
“I spent many nights crying myself to sleep wishing I was ugly because of the way men leered and disrespected me, because they assumed things about my mental capacity or my physical willingness based on the way I look.”
[From my article: The Dark Side of Beauty]
Photo from Facebook/Evangeline Lilly – holding a copy of her children’s book, The Squickerwonkers.