What Didn't Kill Them Made Them Stars: Ramin Karimloo, James Monroe Iglehart and More Turn Rejection Into Tony Success

By Adam Hetrick
03 Jun 2014

Sutton Foster
Photo by Monica Simoes

Sutton Foster, Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Violet)
I think [those experiences] do drive me in a weird way. I feel like a good thing about my personality is that whenever someone tells me no, it just makes me want it more. Or if I ever fall on my face, or if someone says, "Oh, you can't do that." Then I'm like, "Oh yeah?" It makes me want to fight for it even stronger. I've fallen down a million times in this business. I've been fired from jobs, I've been re-hired for jobs, I've gotten panned in the papers. It is about sort of saying, "Okay, I'm just going to keep going and I'm just going to learn, and I'm hopefully going to be better the next time and hopefully continue to challenge myself." I think that's what it takes in this business. You've got to keep moving forward.