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Jameela Jamil on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Jameela Jamil

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In what might be one of our favorite audition stories in “That One Audition” history, actress Jameela Jamil takes us step by step through every honest and hilarious moment leading to her bookig the role of Tahani on NBC’s hit comedy “The Good Place.” From her first ever audition with renowned casting director Allison Jones, to improvising on the fly during her network test, Jameela says that when you live for the funny story, you ultimately can’t lose — no matter the outcome of the audition. Some of her additional credits include “Poker Face,” “Marry Me,” “She-Hulk Attorney at Law,” and “DC League of Super-Pets.” In today’s episode, Jameela shares techniques for staying present in an audition, lessons learned from her co-stars including Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, and the importance of finding reps who support you in the kinds of characters you want to play. Whether it be leading roles, villans, or comedic supporting characters, there truly are no small parts.

These are the unforgettable stories that landed Jameela Jamil right here.


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073: Chris Geere

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Todays conversation is an open, candid, and humorous dialogue with Chris Geere who’s on-screen career began with a Coke Zero commercial in the UK, and ultimately lead him to a series regular role. He talks about getting cut from the final edit of Band of Brothers, how a clever self-tape landed him with an offer to work with M. Night Shyamalan, and honestly shares how even after booking the ever-coveted “series regular role,” he’s finding new depths to what is required of an actor and artist when a life and career changing opportunity comes to an end.

He’s most known for his hilarious and honest portrayal on the hit FXX show, You’re the Worst, as well as his work on Modern Family, After Earth, and in the soon-to-be-released film Detective Pikachu with Ryan Reynolds.

Chris Geere is a British actor born in Cambridge in 1981 and brought up in the Winchester area of Hampshire where his family still lives. He was initially interested in pursuing a career as an artist until a drama teacher encouraged him to play in his school’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, whereupon he admits that he was truly bitten by the acting bug. He gained a place at the Guildford School of Acting, winning out over nearly three thousand other applicants. Some time after graduation he had a spell as a bit part player with the Royal Shakespeare Company and since then has become familiar on British television, notably in the school series ‘Waterloo Road.’ In 2017 he moved to the States, appearing in Modern Family and taking the lead in the eccentric comedy drama ‘You’re the Worst.’

 

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“I thought of every single audition as “grin and bank it.” If you get the job, you need to think of it in terms of how many months rent is this.”

“I just decided that I’m going to stop trying to be what I think everyone wanted me to be, and just try and be a nice affable person that people would want to work with.”

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Alanna Ubach on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Alanna Ubach has cultivated a career marked by the kind of range that many actors dream of. A bonified character actress,with equal parts grit and grace, she is unequivocally honest about her experience in Hollywood, generously sharing what she’s learned along the way.

Hardly recognizable from one character to the next, Alanna Ubach has starred in nearly 150 theater, film, and TV projects. Born in Downey, California to a Mexican-born mother and Puerto Rican father, Ubach has been a working actress since childhood. Following her television debut on “Romper Room,” she joined the Lee Strasberg Institute’s Children’s Program. At 15, she fearlessly travelled to New York to star in WPA’s Off-Broadway production of “Club Soda.”

She made her mark in the industry playing the family housekeeper-turned wedding caterer and Gaylord’s first lover in “Meet the Fockers,” the sorority sister/best friend to Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde,” and the sex-starved Israeli neighbor on “Hung.” In addition to her role as Jo on Bravo’s first original scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” She can also be heard lending her voice to Disney/Pixar’s Oscar winning animated film “Coco,” featuring an all-Latino cast, where she plays great-great-grandmother Mama Imelda.

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“Every time you get some kind of offer or opportunity, just be the lights. I’ve been trying to be the lights forever.”

“When the ego comes into play, that is the beginning of cancer for the artist”

“Rejection is God’s protection.”

041: Judd Lormand

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Judd Lormand is a Southeast based actor with a dense filmography, spanning over 50 projects of film and television. You can currently catch him as Lt. Commander Eric Blackburn in CBS’s SEAL Team, a series following a team of elite Navy Seals, starring alongside David Boreanaz and Jessica Pare. Most recently, he guest starred in Amazon’s Lore, a horror anthology, as Dr. William Nolan, and before that as Officer Hooper in Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto, a drama following a woman just out of prison, trying to survive a series of reckless decisions and terrible luck. Additionally, Lormand has appeared in The Hunger Games, American Heist, The Vampire Diaries and HBO’s Treme.

Find out how Judd takes control of the audition room, his journey to becoming a series regular on a hit show, and how he learned how to invest in himself. IG: @juddlormand

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“Focus on the denominator, not the numerator.”

“If it makes your character, to heck with the rules.”

 

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Los Angeles-based actress, bestselling author, host of That One Audition podcast, entrepreneur, & mother.

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