It’s hard to believe Meryl Streep hasn’t always been self-confident, but it’s true! During a recent speech at the commencement of Indiana University, Meryl revealed that her dream of becoming an actress once seemed impossible.

Why? Because, like many of us have, Meryl let the pressure to look a certain way get into her head. She didn’t think she had the right look for Hollywood.

“I think I was probably like every other girl who puts on a princess dress and expects everyone to pay full and total attention. And most of us grow out of that,” Meryl admitted in her speech, according to Us Weekly. “I was always in plays, but I thought it was vain to be an actress. Plus, I thought I was too ugly to be an actress. Glasses weren’t fabulous then.”

But despite what Meryl might’ve thought, she went on to have a legendary career and win 3 Oscars, so you tell us if meeting the unwritten standards of beauty can make or break your success. Pretty empowering, huh?

“For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight,” the 64-year-old August: Osage County actress advised. “Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things.”  

And after being awarded an honorary doctorate at the ceremony, Meryl offered another piece of wisdom to anyone who’s ever felt out of place — aka most of us.

“What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength,” she said. “Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up. I used to hate my nose. Now I don’t. It’s okay.”

Source: Us Weekly