‘Tis the season for honoring the best of the year in all sorts of categories, especially movies, and Patricia Arquette is racking up the awards. The actress, whose mother is Jewish, was nominated for a Golden Globe, won the best actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle and has just been named best supporting actress by both the San Francisco Film Critics and the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association for her new movie “Boy”. Not bad for a woman who hates having to audition.
The actress told a Best Supporting Actress Oscar round table that aired on Epix that she hated doing auditions. In response to a question about any regrets she may have had over roles that she turned down Arquette said, “I’m a notoriously horrible auditioner. Maybe just because I have a problem with authority or something. I don’t see an audition as finished work, what it should be on the day.”
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One of her biggest gripes with auditions is that Arquette feels that directors expect to see the “finished” product at that time, meaning whatever the actor does then will be repeated on camera. But Arquette says that she see the audition as just one stage in her entire process for developing her character.
Emma Stone, who also appeared on the show, agreed with Arquette. “Auditioning is not at all what it feels like making a movie, ” she said.
Directed by Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Before Sunset), Boyhood tells the story of a boy named Mason from the ages of 5-18. It is notable in that the entire production – cast and crew alike – took 12 years off between filming the story of the five year old and the story of the 18 year old.