Roundtable: Why Do These Casting Directors Get No Respect?

9:00 AM PST 12/13/2013 by Stacey Wilson
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Five women who put the stars in a slew of this year's hot awards-season projects open up about actors' auditions and why Oscar won't acknowledge them.

TAYLOR: You believe in people and keep bringing them in.

EUSTON: We open a door. But actors do all the work.

What's been your proudest casting achievement?

DICERTO: Midnight in Paris was a highlight -- especially the work we'd done learning about all the historical characters, like Hemingway and Picasso; finding the essence of who they were, and not just casting look-alike actors.

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EUSTON: When Adam Driver got nominated this year for a best supporting actor Emmy for Girls. I had loved him for so long before the show, it almost brought me to tears.

LEWIS: I'm always more comfortable casting the day players. (Laughter.) "Really? Do I have to do the lead roles?"

ROSENTHAL: A career highlight for me isn't one film; it's repeating the relationships that I have with directors. To know they want to work with me …

DICERTO: And they're loyal.

What advice would you give your younger self?

LEWIS: Work for Juliet Taylor. (Laughter.)

EUSTON: That's mine too. It's really an apprenticeship.

TAYLOR: Casting is a craft. You can't go to school for it.

ROSENTHAL: Be patient and communicate with your boss.

TAYLOR: We're not surgeons, but it's a very stressful job. Every director thinks their movie or show is the most important thing. And they want you to believe that, too.

How do you manage the stress?

ROSENTHAL: I've never tried doing that. (Laughter.) No, I think I disassociate. But I really try to take weekends to myself and not think too much ahead.

LEWIS: When agents call and ask, "Can we do lunch?" It's like, "No, we don't leave the office. Leave us alone!"

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