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

Jessie Mueller
Photo by Monica Simoes

Jessie Mueller, Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)
I'm not just saying this, and I still work on it, but I have come to peace with the idea that if it doesn't happen for me then it wasn't for me. It's not that I'm bad or I'm wrong, that role is for somebody else. That experience is for somebody else. There's another experience for me. There's another role for me. You know? And it happens all the time, so I think you have to look for the good in those situations. I don't really have the thing of, "Oh, they didn't want me, so I'm going to show them." I've just never had that kind of perspective on it, but I've also been really blessed to be able to do roles that I wanted to do. Certainly, I look back at things I didn't get and I think, "Yep, that's exactly why that didn't happen because the next thing that happened for me was this and that helped me meet this person." Sometimes it's not even business related. Sometimes it's that I met my best friend in that production, or I had this certain experience. That's the way I try to look at it.