Category: Actor Tips

‘Stranger Things’ Casting Director Carmen Cuba on Casting the Young Stars and Finding Actors in Atlanta

"We didn’t settle on any single part, down to the one-year-old in the family that doesn’t speak." - Casting Director Carmen Cuba

‘Feud’ Casting Director Eric Dawson on Finding the Right Actors for the Series

"I would say out of the 150 people, probably 144 of them were auditions." - Casting Director Eric Dawson

Ron Cephas Jones on ‘This Is Us’: “This gig is probably the best I’ve ever had in film and television”

"That was the biggest challenge, dealing with the emotion and not making it too melodramatic—letting the real emotion out, and trusting your partner that they’re going to care for it." - Ron Cephas Jones

Rachel Bay Jones on Finding Her ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Character

"We always try to find the recognizable thread. The thing that we relate to is always the strongest point to start from." - Rachel Bay Jones

Corey Hawkins on Using His Classical Training in Television and Film Roles: “You have those tools ready to go”

"...you’re not feeling inspired as an actor and not having that magic moment where it all comes together, then that’s when you have to pull the techniques." - Corey Hawkins

Ted Danson on ‘The Good Place’ and Why He Doesn’t Need to Know His Characters Backstory

"On this show, you’re constantly walking in with a new script with a new backstory and a new revelation on who you are. You’re constantly discovering." - Ted Danson

Kimberly Hardin on Casting ‘Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland’

"The actor either has to learn how to develop their interpretation of who their character is, or study someone who is of that nature already." - Casting Director Kimberly Hardin

‘This Is Us’ Casting Director Tiffany Little Canfield on Casting Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz

"For a casting director, that’s your—the actor that you have loved for decades getting their shot, and then not only taking it, but killing it, as Sterling does each and every week." - Tiffany Little Canfield

Casting Director Jeff Greenberg on Casting ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Frasier’

"He had been auditioning for me for 10 years." - Casting Director Jeff Greenberg on Eric Stonestreet

Watch: Dafne Keen’s ‘Logan’ Screen Test

Just check out the intensity in her face as she goes toe-to-toe with Hugh Jackman.

Katherine Waterston: If your character is “fascinating to you then it doesn’t feel like a choice to spend your days with them”

"I think everything happens organically. You mine for clues. It's all immersive and stuff you can use comes out of that immersion." - Katherine Waterston on Creating a Character

Oscar Isaac on How He Prepared for ‘The Promise’

"You allow yourself to let go of the responsibility of having to hit anything." - Oscar Isaac on Acting

Val Kilmer on Breaking into Hollywood: “Work till you cry yourself to sleep every night for months on end”

"Never, ever, ever, ever, ever take a day off." - Val Kilmer on Breaking into the Acting Business

Gal Gadot Recalls Her Audition for Wonder Woman

Gadot revealed what happened when she first attended a screen test for Batman v Superman director, Zach Snyder

David Harbour: “You gotta do things your own way. You have to find your own path”

"All I say is that if you HAVE to act, then you HAVE to make it happen." - David Harbour

Watch: Former Talent Agent Philip Carlson on Finding Talent and How He Helped Them Succeed

In this short video posted on The Atlantic, Carlson talks about his years working to try and get his clients wor

David Oyelowo on How He Played a King for ‘A United Kingdom’

Oyelowo explains how he approached a key scene where he had to give a speech defending his character to his people.

Bobby Cannavale on the Physical Challenge of ‘The Hairy Ape’ and the Advice Bruce Springsteen Gave Him

"I get to the theater two hours early and run the play in my head, because it’s a lot of words and it takes me there." - Bobby Cannavale

Ruth Wilson on Creating a Character, Accents and More

I create a workbook by which I go through and write down everything every other character says about my character, what I say about myself and others

Michelle Pfeiffer: “I’ve always had this feeling that one day they’re going to find out that I’m really a fraud”

"I still work pretty instinctually—it's a little bit like hearing the rhythm of the character in your head." - Michelle Pfeiffer