BBC’s Brutal ‘Leading Lady’ Auditions Get Savage With Hollywood’s Biases
By Yoon Sann Wong, 10 Aug 2018
For those of you in film, you would know that acting auditions can be savage, but just how savage?
BBC One has taken some of Hollywood’s biggest prejudices and packed them into this comical but ruthless Leading Lady Parts short film featuring actresses Emilia Clarke, Gemma Arterton, Catherine Tate, Gemma Chan, Lena Headey, and Felicity Jones.
The film lays bare Hollywood’s unrealistic expectations of women, such as “asking you to be thin and curvy, sexy and innocent” all at the same time, prejudices against black actresses, and biases towards men, in this case, one Tom Hiddleston.
To give you an idea of its heartless content, imagine you’re an Asian actress walking into an audition room only to be told during your reading:
Or perhaps learning that the ‘Leading Lady Part’ you had auditioned for eventually went to this guy without any script reading:
Watch BBC One take on Hollywood’s ugly side in the witty short film below.
Leading Lady Parts
'It's not rocket science darling. We’re just asking you to be thin and curvy, sexy and innocent!’Posted by BBC One on Thursday, August 9, 2018
Acting auditions can be SAVAGE 😂
The movie posters in the background are the icing on the cake. @twhiddleston as Mary Poppins = practically perfect in every way - except for all the legitimate reasons it's not. pic.twitter.com/orUfUdz6Pq— Trevor Vadeboncoeur (@WhovianTrev) August 9, 2018
Words cannot describe how awesome this is 😂 pic.twitter.com/CLh1WmkySU— Seth Minerva (@SethMinerva) August 9, 2018
[via BBC One, images via video screenshot]
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