It’s commonplace for actors to go on late-night talk shows to promote their latest project: a movie, a TV show, a theatre production. While those short chats often cover an actor’s success, Seth Meyers wanted to know about the more embarrassing moments.
“Every actor, no matter how successful they are, now every one of them has had terrible auditions,” said Late Night host Meyers.
In the compilation video above, Tony nominee Patrick Stewart, Tony winner Bryan Cranston, Cobie Smulders, and Christopher Meloni share their “true“ thoughts on the audition process—from tips and tricks to horrible audition stories, from memories of their first commercial to their first screen test.
“Well, first of all, bring the right script,” Stewart said with a laugh. “I’ve made that mistake.”
Stewart last appeared on Broadway performing Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land in rep with Ian McKellan. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Macbeth in 2008. Cranston, a Tony winner for his Broadway debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, will bow in a new adaptation of Network, directed by Tony-winning director Ivo Van Hove, at the National’s Lyttleton Theatre in London this November. Smulders recently made her Broadway debut in Present Laughter opposite Tony winner Kevin Kline. Meloni has yet to appear on Broadway but is well known to television viewers as Detective Elliot Stabler from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and now to Netflix subscribers in the reboot of Wet Hot American Summer.