Yesterday, Zelda Williams, daughter of actor Robin Williams, wrote an open letter about nepotism and second generation entertainers in Hollywood on her tumblr. It was interesting to me because just recently I had read an article in a magazine about how children of famous actors/singers face a lot of challenges others don’t. The bottom line being that if they don’t follow in their parents’ fabulous footsteps they’re considered failures and if they do they’re considered having their position only because of their famous mom or dad.
Because I had strong feelings towards the subject matter, I decided to write my own open letter. To Zelda Williams, or Emma Roberts, or Lilly Collins, or any other second generation actor… Continue reading
Well, it’s time. Tomorrow I’m flying out to Los Angeles. Yesterday was my good bye party. Today I’m a mess. I should be superduper excited. This is what I’ve worked for the last year. This is what I’ve dreamt of my entire life…
But dreaming is different than doing. My dreams were very optimistic and selective. They didn’t include seeing my nearest and dearest crying because I’m leaving them, they didn’t include saying goodbye to them, they didn’t include me overseas missing the hell out of them.
So yes, today is hard. The last week has been hard. To everyone who is considering ever taking the same step as I, take all these thing into account. It will get very difficult near the end. I’m sure by this time next week, things will look much different though. And I can’t wait to experience it, and share the experiences with you.
Today is the end of an Era. See you in the next! Continue reading
Who? Annette Bening
Type: Independent woman
First Noticeable Role: The Grifters
Breakthrough: The American President
Lucky Bitch or Ass-Off-Worker: Annette is one of those common well trained actor success stories. When her parents moved from conservative Kansas to hippie California, Annette went from school plays to a theater degree from San Francisco State University to joining the American Conservatory Theater there to doing off off Broadway plays in New York to receiving a Tony award nomination… Continue reading
Jessica Alba auditioning for the role of Agent 99 in Get Smart, which went to Anne Hathaway? Julia Roberts doing an unknown audition before she became Pretty Woman? A very young Natalie Portman auditioning for her breakthrough role as Mathilde in Leon: The Professional? Robert DeNiro auditioning for the role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather?
I’ve always wanted to see audition tapes of famous actors, for many reasons. First, it’s really refreshing to see that the stars too, had (and have!) to stand in front of a 4 headed committee, unflattering light and everything, acting with a monotoning casting director. And second, it’s really educative! You see pure self-generated acting from the greats without props and sets and costars. You might also get an idea of what your audition tapes look like, and what does and doesn’t work.
So, instead of the weekly “About an Actor” I present to you here: 15 great (and not so great) audition tapes of famous actors… Continue reading
Who? Emma Stone
Type: Goofy girl
First Noticeable Role: Superbad
Breakthrough: Easy A
Lucky Bitch or Ass-Off-Worker: Definitely a girl who took a lot of initiative on her own, but was lucky in the fact that she was supported by her parents.
Emma joined a local theater group at the young age of 11 in her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, and performed in a dozen of productions with them. She was even home schooled for a while so she could tour around with them. Then, at age 15, the ever-sassy Emma made a Powerpoint presentation for her parents in which she tried to convince them to let her move to Los Angeles, Madonna’s Hollywood playing in the background… Continue reading
As a starting actress I look at news about famous actors in a different way. I wonder: How did they get their start? Did they work their ass off or were they just lucky? Even though every actor has a different story and there is no formula for succes, there’s always something to take away from the biographies of working actors.
And because I suspect I’m not the only one who thinks that, I present to you the new “About an Actor” column in which I will post a little background info and some of my observations about an actress/actor every Monday. If you share yours we can maybe build an understanding about what makes different actors special!
Up this week: Miss Carey Mulligan… Continue reading
There’s the Nobel Prize for Scientists, the Pulitzer prize for writers, the Grammy for recording artists and the Academy Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars, for actors. So how can I not write about this Sunday’s 83rd Academy Awards Ceremony?! While the nominees are training off their last pounds, their stylists stalking the Oscar organization to check if no one else is wearing that yellow dress I’m happily enjoying this event from my little room in Amsterdam.
Not that I wouldn’t prefer to be picking a stunning dress from about 50 that a stylist rolled in, preparing to go to the ceremony as nominee. I’d even happily take the ridiculous nervousness that they must feel. Winning an Oscar is every actor’s dream, isn’t it? But even for closeted, starting or unsuccessful actors this event is worth watching. Because amidst all the hysteria and crocodile tears there are almost always heartfelt small-town-person-with-big-dreams and I-struggled-and-slept-in-cars speeches. And those remind us that the nominees too, were once like us and that we too, can make it.
So here are my Oscar favorites and predictions…