The blonde beauty walked away with award for her Broadway debut in A View From The Bridge earlier this month (Jun10), but she wasn't allowed to enjoy the big win - theatre snobs in New York publicly insisted she wasn't a worthy victor, suggesting she was only hired to attract film fans.
Now the Iron Man 2 star has responded to her critics, insisting she spent years perfecting her craft to get to where she is - and she is adamant she was the right person for her winning role.
She tells BroadwayWorld.com, "I pounded the pavement for years and I know what it's like to struggle as an actor... So, I totally understand the frustration there.
"A lot of my friends, who are struggling actors, are going through the same thing. But I can't apologise for it. I have worked my a** off to get to where I am, so I understand that struggle.
"For me, it's more about hiring the right person for the job. You know, who fits that description. If somebody is cast because they are a name but they're not right for the job, well, it's very frustrating. I see that. As an actor, you're trying to get one foot in the door all the time."