Before they became the talk of the town, our favorite actors were just like every other aspiring actor: Rushing from audition to audition trying to land their big break. Who doesn’t like seeing how far they’ve come since then? Luckily for us, we can now be a fly on the wall of their auditions. Check out these 15 celebrity audition videos for some iconic roles:
Emma Stone (Easy A)
In her audition tape, Emma Stone nailed the deadpan humor and sarcasm we came to love in Olive Penderghast. She also added a personal touch to it… Like, totally!
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
The Jesse Pinkman we see in the audition looks nothing like the one we see in Breaking Bad. However, one thing they had in common was Aaron Paul’s blend of cheekiness and seriousness!
Selena Gomez (Wizards Of Waverly Place)
Even at the tender age of 11, Selena Gomez had mastered the eye rolls and the expressions that became Alex Russo’s signature!
Taylor Lautner (The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl)
Before he became a teen heartthrob, Taylor Lautner was just a young boy auditioning for The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. As is apparent from his stunts, the star has always had the wow factor!
Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana)
Long before her twerking days, Miley auditioned for the part of Lily in Hannah Montana. However, the young actress was turned down 20 times for being too young, until the casting directors finally gave in!
Seth Rogen (Freaks and Geeks)
Ken Miller was wisecracking, witty and sarcastic. Which is exactly why he became such a hit on the show. If the casting directors’ guffaws are any indication, Seth Rogen hit the nail on the head in his audition!
Scarlett Johannson (Jumanji)
Before she grew up to become one of the sexiest women of all time, Scarlett was just a young girl auditioning for Jumanji. Though she didn’t land the role, she certainly managed to make a lasting impression.
Rachel McAdams (The Notebook)
Rachel McAdams’ performance in The Notebook garnered praise for portraying the dilemma between what the heart wants and what the heart needs. As the audition tape shows, she was the right fit for this role from the very beginning!
Hugh Laurie (House)
Everyone’s favorite doctor had a humble beginning too. Even though that wasn’t necessarily the case with his character, as is obvious from the audition tape!
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man)
Arrogance meets style in Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. It looks like he struck the balance before he even landed the role!
Natalie Portman (Leon: The Professional)
Heartless, adorable and brutal – these are the words that come to mind when you think of Mathilda. In under two minutes, a 12 year-old Natalie Portman managed to embody the essence of the character!
Megan Fox (Transformers)
The beauty shot to fame with her role in Transformers. Here is a glimpse into the actress’ audition and she’s talking cars! Could she get any hotter?
Steve Carell (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy)
All of us have a colleague like Brick Tamland – Affable, but a little dim-witted. And who better to depict this hilarious character than the legendary Steve Carell himself?
Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Kaitlin Olson is perfect as the self-centered, yet lovable Sweet Dee. In the audition, Kaitlin cracked the casting directors up with her infamous scene from Charlie Has Cancer!
Ellen Page (Juno)
In her audition, Ellen Page expertly incorporated both the comedic as well as the dramatic elements of her character. And isn’t that exactly what made Juno such a roaring success?