Meryl Streep: “I’m sorry I’m too ugly for your film!”

An old picture of Meryl Streep has been making its rounds on the internet for its alleged caption recounting the award-winning actress’ audition experience for the film King Kong back in 1981.

The Facebook post, though unverified if officially created by Streep herself, shares how she was on her way home from the audition after being told she “was too ugly for the part.”

“This was me on my way home from an audition for King Kong where I was told I was too ‘ugly’ for the part,” wrote the caption. “This was pivotal for me. This one rogue opinion could derail my dreams of becoming an actress or force me to pull myself up by the boot straps and believe in myself.”

“I took a deep breath and said, ‘I’m sorry you think I’m too ugly for your film but you’re just one opinion in a sea of thousands and I’m off to find a kinder tide,” the message continued. “Today I have 18 Academy Awards.”

However, the post was actually based on an interview that Streep did on The Graham Norton Show back in January of this year.

The acclaimed movie star shared how she was requested to audition for King Kong in the mid-70s by producer Dino De Laurentis’ son, who had seen her in a play.

“And the father said to his son — in Italian, because I understand Italian,” she recalled. “He said brutta, you know, ‘Why do you bring me this ugly thing?”

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep at the 2014 Sag Awards. Photo source: Wikimedia.

“Very sobering as a young girl,” she added. “So I said to him, ‘I understand what you’re saying. I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in King Kong.’

While the role of Dwan eventually went to Jessica Lange, Streep went on to pave a name for herself, becoming a three-time Academy Award Winner — besides the 19 Academy Award nominations she has bagged, as well as the 29 Golden Globe nominations she has received, 8 of which she has won.

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