Tag: audition stories

Linnea Berthelse on Her ‘Stranger Things’ Audition and Keeping Her Role a Secret for a Year

“Sometimes when actors don’t get the part, it’s not always about an actor being a bad actor; it’s about connecting to the material.” – Linnea Berthelsen Stranger Things is back on our screens with its second season, something fans have been waiting for ever since season one arrived on Netflix in 2016. Returning to the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, we discover that there’s a lot of strange events still taking place, and also, a year on, a lot of the central characters have grown up. One character who is struggling with her place in all this, is Eleven (Millie ... Read more

Lina Esco on Playing the Only Female Officer on ‘S.W.AT.’: “I have to portray her as someone equal to all of the guys on her team”

"The important thing for me when I read scripts is how much respect I have for the character and how far I can take her" - Lina Esco

D’Arcy Carden on the Complicated Audition Process for ‘The Good Place’

"I’d never done an audition like this before. For one, we didn’t get a script. And two, the sides were fake. " - D'Arcy Carden

Sonny Valicenti of ‘Mindhunter’ on His Audition and Potentially Playing a Serial Killer

"The character that I play, and the behavior that he exhibits, was kind of all that I was told." - Sonny Valicenti on His Audition

J.B. Smoove Tells the Story of His Audition For ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

"You don't know how the universe is gonna work for us. But all this plays a part in our journey" - JB Smoove

‘Stranger Things’ Star Shannon Purser on Getting Cast as Barb

"I had never booked anything, gotten close calls, and then one day I got an email about this new show called Stranger Things, asking for a tape." - Shannon Purser

Alison Brie on ‘Glow’: “I had to audition many times”

"Of course when you're told that they don’t think your right for it, I was even more fired up to prove them wrong." - Alison Brie on Auditioning for 'Glow'

Ben Platt on How He Found Himself Starring in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

"Every day is a different sort of vibe and feeling. It can be impacted by anything from like, "Is it raining outside?" to "Are there a lot of old people?"" - Ben Platt

Tony Nominee Corey Hawkins on His Nearly-Disastrous Juilliard Audition

"I remember thinking, ‘I want to go to Juilliard, I want that structure and I want that rigor and that classical foundation.’" - Corey Hawkins

Chris Pratt on His Failed ‘Superman Returns’ Audition: “It just goes to show that it’s all divinely planned”

The old adage that things have a way of working out for the best still applies to some of the most popular actors on the planet, too.

Karen Gillan on Her ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Character and Her Expanded Role in the Sequel

"That was something that I thought, I can grab onto that. I can run with that." - Karen Gillan on Her 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Audition

How a Failed Audition Started Lucas Hedges’ Career

Hedges reveals how a failed audition jumpstarted his career and how he mastered that tricky Boston accent for the Massachusetts-set film.

Ryan Gosling on Improvising and His True Audition Story That Made it into ‘La La Land’

"I do love movies but I love making them more. I've never found something professionally that engages me as much as that." - Ryan Gosling

Eddie Redmayne on that Time He Auditioned for Kylo Ren in ‘Star Wars’

"With films that top secret, they don’t give you the actual lines. So they give you a scene from Pride and Prejudice..." - Eddie Redmayne

Tom Holland Recalls His Spider-Man Audition and How He found Out He was Cast

"When we did the screen tests, there were six of us all in this room waiting to audition. It felt like The Hunger Games." - Tom Holland on His Spider-Man Audition

John Krasinski Remembers His Almost Disastrous Audition for ‘The Office’

At the audition, Krasinski he was a bit too honest about his love of the original UK version of 'The Office'

How John Cho Took A Stand for Diversity Early in His Career

"When one does speak one's mind, one might be surprised at how receptive people are." - Actor John Cho

Walton Goggins on Making It in Hollywood and His First Job as an Actor

"I actually got my first job after being here for one week — a role opposite Billy Crystal in Mr. Saturday Night." - Walton Goggins

Karen Fukuhara on her ‘Suicide Squad’ Audition

"I hit one of the lights, and I remember hearing the casting director and David gasp." - Karen Fukuhara

‘Veep’ Star Tony Hale: “There’s a reason why I do anxious characters — it comes from a lot of personal anxiety!”

"In your head, actors can be like, I want to have something coming up or having just done something, to have something to talk about, which is a really unfortunate way of thinking." - Tony Hale