January Jones took aim at virtual auditions on Saturday, writing on her Instagram story, “Note to Hollywood: It’s time for casting directors to return to The Office like everyone else. To experience the cast in person.”
The “Mad Men” star continued, “And if anyone requests a FEE for testing, please know that this is criminal and pathogenic. Personally, I have had to sign up multiple times since the pandemic began and it is of no use to anyone involved. It is a time consuming, expensive, process.” And you feel who you have to drag to read with you (sorry, mom), and often without any direction/notes.”
Since the pandemic, self-review tapes have remained a popular way for actors to audition for roles, rather than auditioning directly in front of directors.
“I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for an actor just starting out if an established actor has to beg for Zoom. [meeting] When a personal test is “not available,” Jones concluded. “Please do better.”
Jones got her start in movies like “Anger Management,” “Love Actually,” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” before starring as Jon Hamm in “Mad Men,” which ran on AMC from 2007 to 2015. In 2011, she played the role of Emma Frost in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men Origins: First Class. As Betty Draper, Jones received two Golden Globe Award nominations and was an Emmy Award winner. Most recently, Jones starred in “The Last Man on Earth” alongside Will Forte, as well as the Netflix ice skating drama “Spinning Out.” Her filmography also includes ‘American Wedding’, ‘We Are Marshall’, ‘The Boat That Rocked’, ‘Unknown’, ‘Good Kill’, ‘Sweetwater’ and ‘Seeking Justice’.
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