The 46-year-old actress starred as Matt Damon's love interest Skylar in the 1997 film - a role which earned her an Oscar nomination and paved the way for a hugely successful acting career.

But when she was asked during an appearance on U.S. chat show Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday night (12Oct16) about the rudest thing anyone has ever said to her, Minnie admitted her involvement in the cult classic movie almost didn't happen.

"I really can't (name names) because then I'll never work again, and I have to work because I have a mortgage," she said. "You know what? The producer of Good Will Hunting did not think I was hot enough to be in that film, and did not want me in the film."

Pushed by host Andy Cohen, Minnie insisted she didn't remember which of the film's producers or executive producers said it, but did know that it "came from the top". However in a 2012 interview with British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Minnie revealed it was movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company who initially wasn't keen on her casting.

It was Matt and co-star Ben Affleck, along with director Gus Van Sant, who pushed for Minnie to be cast as Skylar - something the actress will forever be grateful for.

"They fought very hard for me to play that role," she said. "I am grateful to them until this day."

While Minnie received critical acclaim for her performance in the film, and consequently earned an Oscar nomination, she told Andy that the hurtful remark stayed with her for some time.

"But I was also together enough to know that hotness is a perception, not really a point of view," she added.

Minnie went on to star in films including Hope Springs, Ella Enchanted and Beyond the Lights. She also has a successful music career, and revealed on Twitter she will be working on a new album once she finishes shooting TV show Speechless.

During an impromptu Q&A session with fans on the social media site on Wednesday, Minnie replied to one tweet: "As soon as I wrap our show in February, I start work on my next album."