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‘I Didn’t Have Good Looks Or Talent’: Ted Cruz Admits Why His Acting Career Fell Short

'I Didn't Have Good Looks Or Talent': Cruz Admits Why Acting Career Fell Short

For any of the personal criticism that can lobbied against Texas Senator Ted Cruz, there still maintains an undeniable level of dare-I-say charisma that the longtime lawyer brings to his television appearances and stump speeches. His more jovial nature — the one that quotes the Princess Bride way too much — was on full display Wednesday night under the bright lights of Hollywood on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Cruz ditched the tie for the late night appearance, and revealed to host Jimmy Kimmel about his performance aspirations (which does not mean sweat on your butt, naive little Teddy) that fell short many years ago. The animated Cruz admits that his dreams of being an actor were stymied by two very important factors.

“You don’t seem like an actor,” admitted Kimmel.

“When I was in high school, I did a lot of shows,” said the Republican contender for President. “I actually thought about dropping out of school and heading to California to try and be an actor…. everything was great, except I didn’t have good looks and I didn’t have talent,” Cruz joked.

Kimmel was of course curious as to the reaction from Cruz’s parents — specifically his father, Rafael Cruz, to the realization that their boy might try his hand at a performing career. “They were horrified,” he recalled.

Check out the above interview from the Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube page.

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