Tag: casting director

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

Casting Director David Rubin: “The most important thing for an actor to bring to the table is themselves”

"And so many actors get preoccupied with what they think the filmmaker is looking for. And, frankly, what we're looking for is them." - Casting Director David Rubin

Kirsten Dunst: Auditions are “the most stressful thing to me on the planet Earth”

Despite being a well-known actress with dozens of credits, Kristen Dunst tells Variety that she still thinks of auditions as “the most stressful thing to me on the planet Earth.” Most audiences first became familiar with Dunst after her appearance as the young vampire Claudia in 1994’s Interview with the Vampire, but Dunst confesses that she wouldn’t have gotten the role if it wasn’t for her acting coach making her re-do her audition. She recalls, “I was with my coach. He was outside of the room. He listened on the door to hear, like, what I was doing. And he ... Read more

‘UnREAL’ Casting Director Barbara Fiorentino: “Having that ability to weave comedy into drama is so specific, and a lot of people can’t do it”

"I kind of had a bee in my bonnet about air space being taken up by real people when there are wonderful actors out there who needed jobs" - Casting Director Barbara Fiorentino

‘Criminal Minds’ Casting Director Closes Controversial ‘The Actors Link’ Business

David is closing The Actors Link and his partner in the business, Brett Weinstock, will rebrand and reopen as ACE Studios without David's financial involvement

Joanna Going Talks ‘Kingdom’, Character Research and How She Prepares for an Audition

"Well, we block those out, don’t we? Otherwise we would never go again" - Joanna Going on Bad Auditions

‘Criminal Minds’ Casting Director Fired After Article on Casting Workshops

Is it a conflict of interest for a casting director of a popular television series to offer casting workshops to actors for a fee?

‘Jeepers Creepers III’ Casting Call Pulled Because of Director’s Prior Conviction of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor

Are you comfortable with the idea of a film director who was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor nearly 30 years ago?

Jen Rudolph from The Actor’s Green Room on the Importance of Working with a Mentor

AGR is designed to help actors find and play to their strengths in this very competitive industry.

‘Baskets’ Casting Director Dorian Frankel: “We’re looking for believability in an odd world”

Frankel talks about developing the cast of the series and why authenticity was more important than a well-known actor

‘X-Files’ Casting Director Rick Millikan: “What you’re ultimately looking for is that person who brings a real quality to the character”

"I look for somebody who brings a real quality to that character, something within their own person projected out on to the screen." - Casting Director Rick Millikan

How an Extra in ‘The Big Short’ Ended Up in a Supporting Role Opposite Ryan Gosling

The Baton Rouge resident heard that The Big Short was being shot in New Orleans and was told by a friend working on the film that the production was looking for extras.

James Gunn Wants Fans to Stop Asking Him for a Part in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’

There's one thing James Gunn won't do: cast you in 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2', just because you asked.

Interview: Casting Director Jessica Daniels On Finding New Talent and Tips On Self-Taped Auditions

"I worked on 12 pilots this year and most of the series regular roles went to working actors who auditioned." - Casting Director Jessica Daniels

Watch: The Auditions for ‘The Outsiders’ Featuring Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane and Patrick Swayze

The casting director and producer of The Outsiders, speaks about how the film was cast and how it was very different than a normal audition

The U.K. Actors’ Union Wants the BBC to Accountable for their Casting Processes

Equity and the BBC are set for quite the showdown because the union is accusing the network of favoring bigger names from high-profile agencies for roles. Equity wants the BBC to give more opportunities to other actors and account for their casting procedures. A motion was passed last week asking the U.K. network for “openness and fairness.” Actor Daniel Page, who brought the motion to the union, feels that since they are publicly funded, “Equity members should be able to know what jobs are available.” He feels that there is favoritism towards “selected agents for a minority of members who ... Read more

Ed O’Neill Almost Lost His ‘Modern Family’ Role to Craig T. Nelson

Modern Family would be a very different show if the original casting choices had played out.  The role of Jay Pritchett was initially supposed to go to Craig T. Nelson instead of Ed O’Neill. “When I read it I thought, ‘Oh boy, this is pretty good,” O’Neill said in an interview with Huffington Post.  “And I called my manager and he said, ‘Well, they’re out to Craig T. Nelson.’” The casting director, Jeff Greenberg, said the role came down to the two actors.  But they decided to offer the part to Nelson.  “And so the first offer went out to ... Read more

Olivia Wilde’s Lesson From Casting Director Mali Finn

It seems Olivia Wilde hasn’t always been a pro at dressing sexy. When the actress was just starting out in the industry, she was working as an assistant for casting director, Mali Finn.

Fran Kranz on Landing His Role in ‘Death of a Salesman’

Playing Bernard, the initially nebbish son of Loman's neighbor Charley who grows into a successful lawyer, is Fran Kranz, best known for starring in most of Joss Whedon's projects, including the upcoming The Cabin in the Woods.

Watch: The Auditions for ‘The Artist’

In the video, you can see what Beth Grant (Peppy's Maid), Harvey Alperin (The Doctor) and Joel Murray (The Policeman) did to win their roles in the film.