Movie audition brings out the stage mother and actress in parent and child

12-YEAR-OLD EAGER TO ACT

June 18, 1991|By Cindy Henderson

When my mother suggested to me that I audition for this movie, I jumped at the idea. I've always wanted to be an actress.

I went into the lobby feeling excited and a little nervous. The first thing I noticed, I was a lot more dressed up than most of the other girls. "They'll be all dressed up," Mom had said. I had guessed that she would probably be wrong -- and she was.

We went up to the front desk and were given a form to fill out. The form contained questions like, "What color hair do you have?" and "What race are you?" Each girl was required to have a snapshot of herself, which was to be attached to the form.

When the receptionist called the group downstairs, I was surprised to see three girls sitting down on the stage in the front of the auditorium, answering questions from a man who was up there with them. I was sure we were going to have to read something.

We got called down in groups of three. When the two girls sitting next to me and I got called, I felt butterflies in my stomach. We handed the man our forms with the pictures. Then he asked us questions like, "What are you doing this summer?" and "Do you have any brothers or sisters?"

I noticed right off that the man asking the questions and the two other men on stage didn't pay equal attention to all of the girls. I, for instance, was asked only a few silly questions, like what I want to be when I grow up. (I said, "An actress," of course.) Meanwhile the girls around me were asked all sorts of things, like details about their families and their pets.

Later, in an interview, one of the men conducting the audition told my mother that I was probably too "worldly" for the part, whatever that means. But it might explain why they didn't seem to be paying too much attention to me.

I probably didn't get the part, but it was worth the experience.

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