Benjamin Walker on his worst audition experience: “When I auditioned for college, I was in a hotel room in Chicago. I think it was called the Palmer House Hotel. And when you walked in the room, directly to your right was the table with the panel that was going to evaluate you. And then there’s the door you entered in, and then there’s a closet door. When I walked in, he said, ‘Be sure not to leave through the closet.’ I was like, ‘Ha, ha, ha! That’s stupid. I’ll never do that!’ And so I did my pieces, and I sure as hell went in the closet. I was so flustered and nervous I just went to the closest door, and I closed the door behind me and I just stood in the closet until they said, ‘Ben? Ben, come on out.’ ”
Elswhere in the issue, editor Kristina Latour, of Latour de Force Productions, explains the ways in which hiring a professional to compile your reel can benefit your career. For these stories and more, pick up a copy of Backstage on newsstands on Thursday!