Sigourney Weaver's beauty insecurity

Screen veteran Sigourney Weaver, 59, doesn't think she has ever been "babe material"

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver's beauty insecurity

Sigourney Weaver has never been "babe material".

The 59-year-old actress - who achieved cult sex symbol status with her performances in the 'Alien' movies - is convinced she has landed more interesting film roles because of her unconventional looks.

She said: "I think I was lucky because I have always played these odd women who didn't fit in. I think if you are used to playing a babe, it's much tougher to make the transition to other roles. I guess I was lucky that I wasn't babe material."

Sigourney also revealed it was her shy disposition as a child which inspired her to break into acting, because it enabled her to escape from her own life.

She added to Britain's Independent newspaper: "I think a lot of shy people become actors, because we are more comfortable playing other people than being ourselves. But I'm actually surprised I ever had the chutzpah to do it!"

Earlier this year, Sigourney - who can next be seen in 'Girl in the Park' - revealed her strict English mother used to tell her she was "plain" when she was growing up.

She said: "I had an English mother who was always trying to make sure I wouldn't be conceited, to the point where I had a real inferiority complex.

"I would say, 'Mummy am I pretty?' and she would say, 'Well no, you're plain dear, but never mind.' I thought, 'Gosh, if my mother doesn't think I'm pretty, I had better crawl under the sofa.' "


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