A theater teacher reportedly told Hannah Waddingham, who plays Ted Lasso, that she would never be successful in television due of her appearance. Waddingham has spoken about this particular experience.
“I had one drama teacher that said to the whole class: ‘Oh Hannah will never work on screen because she looks like one side of her face has had a stroke,'” according to the actress.
Waddingham stated that the insulting comment served merely to motivate her to continue.
“I thought, Well, I’ll do it. No matter what happens, I will continue to work in the film industry.
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An Emmy, a Critics’ Choice Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award have been bestowed upon Waddingham for her performance as Richmond FC owner Rebecca Welton in the comedy series Ted Lasso, which is available on Apple TV+.
The celebrity, who hails from south London, has also been in the television shows Game of Thrones and Sex Education. She was a popular favorite when she co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in the previous year.
She had a successful career as a leading actress on stage in both the West End and Broadway before she made her debut in the film industry.
According to her statement on the Rule Breakers podcast hosted by Michelle Visage on BBC Radio 2, the comment made by the theater teacher “gave me a complex for years.”
“This is why, in my Emmys speech, I made a point – the one thing I said to myself [was], if this weird moment comes and I get this award, and I get my foot in this door, I’m going to rip it off its hinges for music theatre people, or theatre people, to follow.”
It was impossible for the instructor to have considered the comment to be “helpful, positive, or aspirational,” as she stated further.
If I had to choose, I would say that was the most significant rule violation I have ever committed. Let me just have a look at it.'”
But in the end, she came to the conclusion that she was not receiving the television roles that she deserved.
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“It got to the point where I realized that I was only getting one scene in this, or one episode in that,” she said. And I went, have you ever heard of that? I believe I have accomplished enough… The coolness of this has worn off.
I don’t understand why I should be continually contributing to the narrative of another person.
This is what I told my agents at the time: ‘I’m not going to continue doing it any longer… In the event that it is just one scene, I will not be performing it any longer, and you should not be putting me up for it because it is demeaning.
During the past 22 years, I have been a leading lady. It is no longer something that I do. I’d much rather live in a world where others recognize and value me.
Then I took a complete step back. Finally, the events of Game of Thrones took place.
During the fifth season of the fantasy series, Waddingham was cast in the part of Septa Unella, also known as the Shame Nun. This provided her with her first major screen role.