Everyone tells a lie every once in a while, and while it might come back to bite them in the butt, it can sometimes help improve their current situation. Actors are often put on a pedestal, but they are actually normal people like you and me, which is why they can get caught with a white lie coming out of their mouths. While lying to advance your career is never a good idea, it has proven to enhance a handful of actors’ lives.
Auditions can be scary, causing actors to get the jitters. When in this state, saying the first thing that comes to mind can occur — even when its contents can stray from the truth. Some of Hollywood’s best actors have had to resort to lying in order to land their first big gig, and while the stress of having such a secret can be strenuous, many have confirmed that without these lies, they wouldn’t be as successful as they are today.
Now, you might be thinking that lying at your next interview sounds like a great idea, but if the truth gets out, this can result in your termination. So if you’re going to lie, make sure you can somewhat back up your fib.
15. Carla Gugino (Troop Beverly Hills) – Just 2 Years Would’ve Cost Her The Role
Carla Gugino is an American actress who first got her big break in 1989. Before this time, the actress has played in minor TV shows like ALF and Who’s The Boss. Fixated on the possibility of being cast as Chica Barnfell in movie Troop Beverly Hills, Gugino did the only thing she could think of when asked about her age: lie.
“Before IMDb, you could lie about your age, and I was fully rewarded for it because I was 16 and I said I was 14 to get the job…I got it! I told the director like three weeks in, once I knew I couldn’t get fired ’cause we’d shot enough, I was like, ‘Just so you know, I’m 16.’ I thought for sure he was gonna be like, ‘No big deal,’ but he was like, ‘Gasp! I would’ve never hired you if I knew you were 16‘,” said the actress.
14. Morgan Freeman (Oblivion) – Lied To Get Some Screen Time Instead Of Just Narrating
When renown actor Morgan Freeman was approached to narrate the film Oblivion, he was immediately attracted to the offer. However, he felt the sudden urge to push his hand and see how far the film’s producers would go to get him on board. In the end, Freeman was much more interested in acting in the film as opposed to just narrating it, so he decided to tell a little lie. Freeman proceeded to contact Oblivion‘s director, Joseph Kosinski and claimed that he couldn’t narrate the film due to sudden issues with his throat. This limited his ability to narrate an entire film but didn’t stop him from acting in it. To lock the actor down, Kosinski decided to offer him some screen time.
13. Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) – Lied About His Volleyball Skills
Most people choose to lie about a topic that’ll never come back to embarrass them, but Liam Hemsworth is not one of these people. When auditioning for the movie The Last Song, Hemsworth decided to tell the directors about his amazing volleyball talents. This put the ball in his court since his character was supposed to play a volleyball match at the end of the movie. The movie’s directors cast Hemsworth right away, and everything was going great until the day the volleyball match took place.
It didn’t take long for the movie’s cast and producers to realize that Hemsworth had lied about his volleyball experience. Despite his convincing physique, watching him play was just painful. After some practise, Hemsworth managed to get in some good hits and finish the scene, but not before getting a little red in the cheeks.
12. Nicolas Cage (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) – Said He Was 18
Nicolas Cage is a seasoned actor who has come a long way from playing minor roles in movies like Fast Times At Ridgemont High. However, it was thanks to this role that Cage was able to audition for bigger and better acting opportunities. During the casting of Fast Times At Ridgemont High, directors were adamant about hiring actors who were at least 18 years old, but this information seemed to pass right over Cage’s head. Cage, who was 17 years old at the time, lied to the movie’s producers without blinking an eye and ended up being cast as Nicolas Coppola, aka Brad’s Bud. While the actor had been after the movie’s leading role, directors found his audition tape to be too weird for their liking.
11. Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo) – Lied About Being British
There are few actors who have the balls to lie to a big-time director like Martin Scorsese, but Chloe Grace Moretz is one of them. Despite only being 13 years old at the time, Moretz knew that if she wanted to score the role of Isabelle in the upcoming film Hugo, she would need to fake it until she made it.
“I spoke in a British accent the whole time. I’d lived in London for five months when I was filming Kick-Ass, so I knew the rhythm of the accent, which is one of the main things you have to pick up.” Explained the actress.
It wasn’t until Moretz was leaving the audition-room that Scorsese picked up a hint of her American accent. “You tricked me,” said the famous director, who was obviously impressed by the young actress’ determination.
10. Rachel McAdams (To The Wonder) – She’s Actually Terrified Of Horses And Allergic To Them
Rachel McAdams is an American actress who has time and time again shown us what she’s made of. The gorgeous actress has never had issues landing roles before, but there was a time when she had to tell a little fib to land the role that her heart truly desired. In 2011, McAdams was in the process of auditioning for the role of Jane in Terrence Malick‘s film To The Wonder. Although she was being considered for the role, the actress had to bend the truth when Malick asked her if she was comfortable riding and working with horses. Despite having boasted about her love for animals and horseback riding, McAdams left out the part that she was actually terrified and allergic of horses. In the end, everything worked out just fine, but McAdams was nervous about being ousted, to say the least.
9. Robert Pattinson (Twilight) – Lied About Going To Acting School And Oxford University
When it comes to British actor Robert Pattinson, one could say that he is a well-rounded liar/risk taker. Pattinson did not only lie to land a role but lied to everyone who picked up his resume. The celeb did not have a lot of experience when it came to acting, and so he decided to beef up his resume by stating that he’d attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Oxford University. Having these bangers in his portfolio definitely got him noticed by scouts and agents alike, but his career could have gone down the drain if his lies had been uncovered. To get what he wanted out of life, Pattinson decided to take a risk, and luckily for him, everything worked out just fine.
8. Mila Kunis (That ’70s Show) – Said She Was 18 When She Was Actually Just 14
Mila Kunis knew from a young age that acting was her passion, which is why she went on to play minor roles in TV sitcoms like 7th Heaven and Days of Our Lives. While these roles were great and all, Kunis wanted something much more permanent, so she set her sights on the role of Jackie Burkhart from the soon-to-be TV series That ’70s Show.
During her audition process, Kunis was asked about her age, to which she responded that she was going to be 18. This was great news for the show’s directors, who had instantly agreed that Kunis was their Jackie. Everything was fine and dandy, except for the fact that Kunis was actually 14 years old at the time.
7. George Clooney (Cat People) – Got Caught Lying To A Director About Playing A Minor Role In Her Movie
George Clooney is one of the few actors who can say that he got caught lying to a director but managed to keep his career and reputation afloat. Is it because of his charm? Or his good looks? Who cares! It’s Clooney we’re talking about.
Desperate to obtain his Screen Actors Guild card, Clooney decided to lie about his acting experience while auditioning for a role. When asked about his references, Clooney quickly stated that he’d played a minor role in the movie Cat People. Little did he know, however, that he was lying to Mary Goldberg, the director who had done the casting for this film. While most directors wouldn’t think twice about booting him out the door, Goldberg chose to help get Clooney into the Screen Actors Guild union, but not before letting him know that he wasn’t going to get the part — this time.
6. Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) – Playing A College Student At Age 30, Sshhh!
It isn’t uncommon for casting directors to cast actors who are much older than a typical college student, but there is usually a cut-off line to this loophole. So when actress Rebel Wilson auditioned for Pitch Perfect‘s Fat Amy, she decided to bend the truth. Shaving off a few years from her age didn’t seem to phase the actress, as it helped her land the role she was hoping for. It wasn’t until much later that Wilson’s true age emerged when an Australian tabloid published an article about her upbringing. Contrary to what she had directors believe, Wilson was actually born in 1980, which made her 30 years old at the time of her audition. While lying is never a good quality, it did help bring Wilson to fame.
5. Anne Hathaway (Brokeback Mountain) – Lied About Being Able To Ride Horses
Anne Hathaway might seem like a goody-two-shoes, but the actress actually has some spunk to her. While she is used to auditioning for her roles and telling the truth, there was a time when Hathaway decided to go against her natural instincts. During her audition with director Ang Lee, she was asked if she was able to ride a horse, and she immediately answered ‘yes’.
Hathaway was auditioning for the role of Brokeback Mountain‘s Lureen Newsome and was granted the part on the basis of her horseback riding skills. It eventually became obvious that Hathaway had lied about her abilities, as she had immense trouble directing her horse from point A to point B. Worse than that, Hathaway ended up falling off her horse during the production, but luckily the actress wasn’t harmed and was able to continue filming.
4. Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) – Said She Could Speak German
Breaking Bad is one of the greatest TV series to ever air, which is why thousands of actors were desperate to get a part on the show. When auditioning for the role of Lydia, directors were looking for a woman who could speak German, which definitely limited their options. While most people wouldn’t dare lie about speaking another language, Laura Fraser had no issues with doing just that. After her audition, the actress was asked via email if she could speak German, and she replied, “Of course!”
3. Sandra Bullock (Love Potion #9) – Said She Was Older To Get The Part
While it isn’t polite to ask for a woman’s age, this etiquette is often disregarded during an audition process. In 1992, Sandra Bullock was just starting her acting career and desperate to land a role in the movie Love Potion #9. Bullock was fixed on being cast as Diane Farrow, a middle-aged scientist looking for love. While it seemed as though she had a fair chance of being granted the part, there was one little problem — Bullock was way too young to be playing an older woman. Instead of letting the role go, Bullock decided to lie about her age, which helped her snag the movie’s lead role. The movie’s success eventually helped Bullock become a recognized actress, thus why she has zero regrets.
2. Eddie Redmayne (Elizabeth I) – Lied About Being Able To Ride Horses
Eddie Redmayne is a British actor who has come a long way from acting in minor TV shows, but to do this, he had to lie through his teeth. In 2005, the actor auditioned for a role in the TV mini-series Elizabeth I, and while his acting skills were obvious, there was one thing the actor did not have down packed — horseback riding. Regardless of this, Redmayne answered ‘yes’ when the show’s director asked him if he had horseback riding experience.
During filming, it became obvious that Redmayne had lied about his talents, however, the actor was able to pull through. Despite the fact that he curbed the truth, director Tom Hooper grew to like working with Redmayne and ended up giving him a role in his movie Les Miserables.
1. Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple) – She Added 6 Years To Her Age
Whoopi Goldberg is by far one of the most hilarious actresses of her time. This is made obvious by the fact that she can demonstrate real emotions without having a pair of eyebrows to do the talking. Despite having a unique look and personality, the actress found it difficult to get cast in movies when she first started out.
Goldberg started acting when she was in her late twenties, however, many casting directors would often tell her that she was too young for the roles she was auditioning for. This led to Goldberg adding an extra 6 years to her age, which proved to be all she needed to get recognized as an actress. With her new age, Whoopi landed the role of Celie Johnson in The Color Purple.