Hollywood can be soul crushing and many times the actors and actresses have to audition for a role numerous times. There are several many such actors who landed their iconic role in such a way.
1. Samuel L. Jackson In Pulp Fiction.
Director Quentin Tarantino had told Jackson that the iconic role of Jules was specifically written for him and his audition wasn’t that mediocre. However, to everyone’s surprise, another actor Paul Calderon had auditioned for the same role and did a commendable job. Samuel had no other choice but to give his best on the second audition. Close one.
2. Christina Hendricks In Mad Men.
Hendricks was given the role of the secretary, Peggy but she wasn’t satisfied with it. She then had to audition for Joan’s role and then for Don’s mistress Midge’s role. In the end, she did an audition for Joan and landed that iconic role. Lucky for us…
3. Ray Liotta In Goodefellas.
Ray had a hard time convincing the director to give him the iconic role of Henry Hill. They met and Ray did auditions several times over the months to grab the role even when the studio wanted a famed actor for this role. In the end, Ray won.
4. Steve Buscemi In Miller‘s Crossing.
Although his role was a minor one in this movie, Steve had to audition twice to convince the studio. This was a booming start to his movie career.
5. Blake Lively In Gossip Girl.
When she first did her audition for the iconic role of Serena Van der Woodson she was rejected by the studio saying she looked too cheery, sunny for the part. The executive producer Josh Schwartz brought her back and made her audition again with a totally different look. She was a huge success this time.
6. Alexis Biedel In Gilmore Girls.
On her audition day, Alexis had a bad cold and wasn’t able to give her best to the part. The director wasn’t impressed with that. However, there was a backup tape which convinced him of her wacky acting skills and the rest is history.
7. Lisa Kudrow In Friends.
Lisa is the only one amongst her Friends costar who had to audition twice for the iconic role of Phoebe. Well, we are all lucky she landed the part otherwise we would have totally missed out on her weirdness.
8. John Boyega In Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
John apparently had to go through several rounds of auditions which lasted for a period of months. In fact, he compared it to The X factor ‘but without the TV show around it.’
9. Gal Gadot In Wonder Woman.
Apparently, Gal had no idea for which role she was to audition before she tried out. She had faced rejection in her past auditions for great roles and wasn’t too excited again. However, she still kept going back for the screen tests and hit gold.
10. Tom Holland in Spiderman: Homecoming
Anybody who has seen the movie will tell you how talented Tom is, however it wasn’t so easy for him to land this iconic role. He had to audition a whopping eight times to convince the studio.
11. Michael Biehn In The Terminator.
Michael almost missed out on this movie as he wasn’t able to shake off the southern accent he had used in his earlier audition for a stage production. However, the director felt like giving him a second chance to come back and do it again. This time he struck hard and landed the iconic role of Kyle Reese.
12. Megan Mullally In Will And Grace.
Before she was cast as Karen in the show she had auditioned for the titular role of Grace. However, it went so bad that the producers just stared at her blankly. After a few weeks, she was called again to try another part. This time she hit the jackpot and landed the iconic role which won her two Emmys.