Tuesday, February 19, 2013

More Auditions part 2

I went to the audition and everything was going great – up until it didn’t.

They liked my song – I did “A Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific. Then they wanted me to do “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys. I don’t know if they were looking to see if I could do such a drastic change of pace, or if their song was more the type they want in the movie than my song – maybe both.

They liked both songs, they liked my singing – and then they hit me with the bombshell. I was auditioning for the part of a singer in an orgy scene. Everyone is going to be completely naked – including the singer – while they’re all having sex with each other. They said they would shoot it like a music video to show that it’s a dream and not really happening.

Maybe that’s great for the characters, but it’s not so great for me. I’d be uncomfortable in that scene even if I were fully clothed and no one touched me – but to be part of the orgy is totally over the top. I know no one will actually have sex – it’s a movie – but they’re still actually naked.

I also know that pretty much every actress you’ve ever heard of has done at least partial nudity. People sometimes say it’s exploitation, but I think Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Diane Keaton and Kathy Bates know what they’re doing. I know that if I’m going to have a long career as an actress I’m probably going to end up doing some kind of nudity sooner or later.

Maybe someday I’ll be ready to do some tasteful nudity in some great work of art movie, but for now I know I’m not willing to do some gratuitous orgy scene in some Hong Kong movie.

Based on my reaction when they told me about it, I’m sure they won’t call – but if they do, I’ll say thanks but no thanks.

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