Actress Gina Rodriguez star of ‘Jane the Virgin’ shared just how humiliating, frustrating and superficial Hollywood can be with this insulting tale about insensitive casting directors.
In a round-table interview for ‘THR’ Rodriguez spoke about a day in casting…“I was up for a role and auditioned in character, they’re like: ‘We love her. But can she come back in with a tight black dress.’ I said, that doesn’t make any sense for the character, They were like, ‘”we need to know if you’re pretty enough to be on the cover of a magazine.'” GULP!
‘Black-ish’ star Tracee Ellis Ross also shared her happy little tale of casting woes: “I tested once for a network show to play a lawyer, a Harvard-educated motherfuckin’ lawyer, OK? I wore a skirt suit and heels. Seemed appropriate. Then there were many discussions about my hair. They’d printed up all these pictures of me from 15 fuckin’ years ago and had me in and out of the bathroom trying on clothes. They finally pick a skirt, the shortest I brought. Then got a T-shirt from one of the people in the office. The woman says, ‘Hmmm, your boobs.’ I was like, ‘I didn’t bring a bra for this T-shirt.’ She screams down the hall, ‘Who wears a 34B?’ I put on someone else’s bra, a size too small, and somehow auditioned. I remember wondering, ‘What did I just allow myself to do?’ The other actress [who auditioned] was dressed like she was going to a club and got the role. It was one of those moments where you’re so confused and humiliated. But that’s part of the biz.”
Good news, it all ended well with both gals as leads on hit TV shows! Oh Hollywood!