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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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  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

21 Monica Raymund on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Monica Raymund

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You Can Shape A Choice, You Can’t Shape Nothing

A graduate of The Juilliard School, actress, director and producer Monica Raymund continues to expand her repertoire and pave the way for new female voices in Hollywood. Her creative choices and strong points of view break the mold of how women of color are perceived in front of and behind the camera as she brings to life stories from a fresh and timely perspective.

Currently, Raymund stars in the second season of the Starz hit crime-drama series, HIGHTOWN, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The series follows Jackie Quiñones (Raymund), a hard- partying federal Fishery Service agent who has her free-wheeling life thrown into disarray as she finds herself at the center of Cape Cod’s gruesome heroin epidemic. In Season 2, Jackie joins forces with Leslie, the only other female cop on the force, to bring down major dealer Frankie Cuevas, the man Jackie holds responsible for the death of her best friend, Junior. Through it all, Jackie continues to walk the tightrope of sobriety that she struggled through in Season 1.

Behind the camera, Raymund was part of the inaugural class of Female Forward, NBC’s initiative aimed at increasing female representation in the director’s chair. On television, she directed an episode of HIGHTOWN for the new season and recently wrapped production on directing the Season 4 finale episode of USA’s THE SINNER as well as an episode of LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME. Last year, Raymund directed episodes of CBS’s FBI, and in 2018, she directed an episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU. Lastly, in 2016, she directed the short film TANYA for the Hidden Tears Project, a non-profit media company developing content to bring awareness to sex trafficking.

Raymund is perhaps best known for her role as ‘Gabriela Dawson’ spanning eight seasons on NBC’s hit series CHICAGO FIRE. As part of Dick Wolf’s popular “Chicago” franchise, the series follows the personal and professional lives of the firefighters, paramedics and first responders working at the Chicago Fire Department. Raymund received an Imagen Award for “Best Actress, Television” in 2013 for her performance, and was subsequently nominated an additional three times. Her additional television credits include Michelle and Robert King’s THE GOOD WIFE, Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green’s BLUE BLOODS, David Pasquesi’s SPECIAL SKILLS, and a 3-season arc on Fox’s LIE TO ME opposite Tim Roth and Mekhi Phifer.

On the big screen, Raymund has starred in Nicholas Jarecki’s thriller ARBITRAGE opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, as the lead of Stephen Elliott’s drama HAPPY BABY opposite Bill Heck, and in Mahesh Pailoor’s BRAHMIN BULLS.


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“I believe that the power of ‘no’ is just as important as the power of ‘yes.”

“You can shape a choice, you can’t shape nothing.”

“There’s no right way to become a professional actor.”

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  • WRITER: Lizzy Dalla Betta
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
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  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

S2 005: Sarah Wayne Callies

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From Tarzan to Zombies: a Survival Guide For Living in Truth

Sarah Wayne Callies is an actor, writer, director, and producer. She’s made an inedible impression on audiences worldwide by bringing complex and powerful female characters to life on screen.

After her breakout TV role as Jane Porter on The WB’s Tarzan, Sarah may be best known from her starring role as Lori Grimes on AMC’s record-breaking series The Walking Dead. Sarah made a huge impression on audiences as one of the original cast members, hand-picked by Frank Darabont. Additional credits for Sarah include a recent starring role in the critically acclaimed Sundance TV/CBC mini-series Unspeakable, National Geographic’s The Long Road Home, USA Network’s Colony, and FOX’s Prison Break. In Spring 2020, Sarah can be seen starring in the upcoming NBC drama series Council of Dads alongside Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott and Michele Weaver.

For almost 20 years Sarah has been affiliated with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to raise awareness about the humanitarian needs of refugees worldwide. Her passion and dedication to this organization has led to working in their camps in Iran, Jordan, Serbia, Macedonia, and Thailand. You can learn more about these communities by exploring her contributions to the Huffington Post.


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“Any career is a miracle and a series of accidents.”

“If you don’t pivot, then you’re stuck.”

“Choosing a television show is a little bit like getting married, like you sign a 7year prenup. It’s a real commitment.”

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  • WRITER: Lizzy Dalla Betta
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

Claire Coffee On That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Patience, Persistence, and Asking for What You Need

Live from NYC with Claire Coffee. From her first big job in LA on The West Wing, to her series regular role on NBC’s hit show Grimm, Claire has seen first-hand what it takes to take a career from recurring co-star to one of the leads of a major series. She shares how living as an actor in New York is different than in LA, how important improv was to expanding her work and community, and how she’s learned to speak up for herself and set boundaries on set. She walks us through life after a series regular role, and how she’s learned how to keep creating, even when things didn’t go how she expected.

Born in Marin County in Northern California, Claire Coffee graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a degree in Theater. She began performing on stage at age 5 in The Mountain Play Theater Company’s production of “The King and I” in Mill Valley, CA. Not long after moving to Los Angeles, she was cast in The West Wing. Since then she has appeared on NCIS, General Hospital, Royal Pains, and is most known for her role as Adalinde Schade on NBC’s hit show GRIMM. In addition to her extensive television and film credits, she has also trained at The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Improv Olympic. Recently, she has been cast in the anticipated new show LINCOLN, set to premier next year.

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“I don’t want to go through the motions and put something out there when you don’t know how many eyes are gonna watch that tape.”

“Enjoy the space. Do the thing, don’t just fill your day with errands and spinning and Deadline. Do the stuff you’ve been putting off.”

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