Category: Actor Tips

Jeff Daniels on ‘Godless’, Not Doing Research and Mixing Things Up in His Career

"Frank doesn’t know he’s in a Western, so I just tried to figure out what Frank was thinking and when he was thinking it" - Jeff Daniels on 'Godless'

Daveed Diggs on the Advice He Would Give His Younger Self

"I think I’m getting to be selective about the things I’m working on because I’m pretty confident in who I am." - Daveed Diggs

‘Game of Thrones’ Casting Director Nina Gold: “I love discovering unknown actors”

"Personally, I'm not interested in casting the most perfectly beautiful woman or someone who ticks all the boxes of what a person is 'supposed' to look like." - Casting Director Nina Gold

Watch: Equity’s “How To” Self-Tape Guide

Equity UK has released this video filled with tips on how to make your self-tape videos look more professional.

Benedict Cumberbatch on “Failing” as an Actor: “If you can’t fail, you can never get better”

"I don’t think I had the full tool kit to do it justice." - Benedict Cumberbatch on One of the Times He's Felt Lost Doing a Role

‘Stranger Things’ Casting Director Carmen Cuba on Casting Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard

"I think that traditionally kids who look a particular way—'cute' and 'all-American' are typical words used to describe what I mean—are encouraged to pursue acting and modeling and it results in a somewhat homogeneous representation of what a kid looks like." - Casting Director Carmen Cuba

John Carroll Lynch: “I seem to be asked to play complicated people. I bring a certain level of menace”

"If you want to figure out where you fit in the acting ecosystem, you look at where you would have fit into the generation that came before you." - John Carroll Lynch

Casting Director Jennifer Euston: “I want to present trained people – actors who truly want to do this as a profession”

"I’ve never been one to find somebody on YouTube and hire them." - Casting Director Jennifer Euston

‘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.