Support for LAist comes from
Made of L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Video: Actresses Read Terrible & Unfortunately Real Casting Calls For Women

Support your source for local news!
The local news you read here every day is crafted for you, but right now, we need your help to keep it going. In these uncertain times, your support is even more important. Today, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership. Thank you.

Another day, another clip showing how rough it is to be an actress trying to land a part.

We've seen a number of projects recently that highlight the sexist and occasionally just plain gross casting calls for women, including a Twitter account from a producer that documents the totally real and utterly terrible female roles he encounters in scripts.

In this video from Casting Call: The Project, actresses read off actual casting calls sourced via @castingcallwoe. Many of them highlight vast age differences between male and female actors—wherein the men can be any age, but the women must be young. Others talk about either how attractive the woman is, or what redeeming qualities she has if she isn't attractive.

"Slightly overweight and considered unattractive in the face, but she's naturally funny so people do enjoy her company," an incredulous actress reads.

Support for LAist comes from

Or how about, "Her cleavage is her best feature."

My personal favorite involves a nude scene. But don't worry, you won't be exploited because "the director gets naked in all of his films so you won't be alone."

Oh. Cool.

And here's a bonus gem from @castingcallwoe:

[h/t L.A. Magazine]

Most Read