The Worst Auditions: Actors Have To Start Somewhere

August 18, 2012 By:
The Worst Auditions: Actors Have To Start Somewhere

Most celebrities don’t have to audition for roles in movies.

A-Listers are just given parts because they are famous and talented, but everyone had to start somewhere and for some big time Hollywood stars, they had some terrible auditions back when they were unknown actors.

Drew Barrymore: "Oh my God, I won’t say the movie, but they called me in on a Sunday with a casting assistant. They didn’t think I was worthy enough of even reading with the casting director. They did it in the basement, and it was a scene where I have to do this oral thing with this guy’s hand, and no one was there so I had to do it to myself. It was by far the most humiliating experience. I thought, ‘They think I’m such s--t that I’m here on a Sunday with the assistant, giving myself a finger in the mouth. This is a low point.’"

Emile Hirsch: “I had a really awful audition with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. [Leo's] supposed to play my dad, but he’s like 30, and I’m like 20, so it was weird. If you haven’t really been around someone who’s that famous, and you meet them, it’s hard to see them as your dad right away. It’s like, ‘Romeo … oh, Dad. King … Dad. Dad? Gilbert Grape? Dad?’"

Sarah Hyland: The “Modern Family” actress tells Hollyscoop, “I've definitely had really emotional auditions where, one was actually for a musical and I got too into the song, and it was a really emotional song and I got way too into it to the point of where I couldn't stop crying. Like I got so invested in it, and I had to stop singing and be like, ‘I'm really sorry! I got way too into it, can I go outside and recoup for a couple seconds?’ But they called me back!”

Blake Lively: “I was auditioning for Mrs. Doubtfire when I was five. And the night before, my dad was really stupid. He took me to see a Robin Williams movie, and I was reading with Robin Williams the next day. So [my mom] didn’t want me to freak out at five, get starstruck or whatever. So she’s like, ‘OK, Blake, this isn’t Robin Williams. This is his twin brother. Robin Williams is in Europe right now, so you’re going to meet his twin brother.’ So I go in there and I’m sitting there and they’re like, ‘OK, this is Robin.’ And I said, ‘You’re not his twin?’ And then I walked out of the room and she said, ‘So how’d it go?’ And I said, ‘I don't know, he had morning breath.’

January Jones: “One of the worst moments in my entire life. It was an audition for Coyote Ugly, my second audition ever. I’d done the reading for the acting part and then Jerry Bruckheimer wanted me to come in and dance … on top of the table … They said, ‘You’re going to dance to Prince’s ‘Kiss.’ You’re going to pole dance, but there is no pole.’

Katherine La Nasa: “The Campaign” actress tells Hollyscoop, “I went to this audition when I was 25 and it was to play a ballet dancer in this movie called Mirror Mirror. And I got there, and it was in a crack house in East Los Angeles. So they lead me upstairs into a room and there are two young men sitting in chairs. I don't know who is the reader and who is the director, but I just thought, I'll figure it out. I put my head down, I let all my sobbing tears come out and I said, ‘My legs! I can't move my legs!’ And the other guy doesn't say his line. So I thought, it must be the other guy, so I put my head down, I let all the sobbing tears come out, and I look at the other guy, ‘My legs! I can't move my legs!’ And nobody says anything. And I sort of start to notice that they have headshots under their chairs. I had been led into a waiting room with other actors.