Sometimes you have got to do what you have got to do to get a job. You have to convince your potential employers that you are the perfect person for that job. That can involve giving flawless answers to their questions, having an outstanding cover letter and resume, and nailing the dreaded surprise test during the interview.
In some cases, convincing someone to hire you can involve telling a tiny fib (or a large one) to get the job. In most professions, if you lie during an interview and it is discovered, you can expect to be fired. That clause is usually on page one of the new employee handbook. However, if you are someone who is trying to make it in Hollywood, a lie can help you snag a part.
Everyone knows that Hollywood is a cutthroat industry and wannabe stars are willing to go even further than the average person to get a part. When it could potentially be their big break, a little fib really doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. If it convinces a casting director that they are meant to play a part, it is a lie worth telling. And unlike with regular professions, if they ever find out about it, the chances of the celebrity getting fired are nowhere near as high as they are with the average job. When the person is perfect for the role, it doesn’t really matter what they said. These 10 celebrities told lies and ended up securing the roles.
10. Robert Pattinson
One of the most common fibs that celebrities tell to get a part is about their age. However, Robert Pattinson lied about his experience. R-Patz had been unemployed for awhile so when casting directors asked him what he was doing he said that he studied at Oxford University and that he went to RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). He figured that because he had an English accent, he could get away with saying that. He went on to score a part as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and as the vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, so someone was impressed along the way. After the successful Twilight franchise, Robert should not have to lie about his experience anymore.
9. Rachel McAdams
Some stars will go to any lengths to win a movie role, even if it means telling a lie that could be putting their health in danger. Rachel McAdams desperately wanted to be in the 2012 film To The Wonder, directed by Terrence Malick, despite having an allergy to horses and finding them to be very intimidating. When asked about working with horses, Rachel said she would not have a problem with it. She landed the role of Jane alongside Ben Affleck and Javier Bardem, and dealt with corralling over 50 horses for scenes in the film. What a trooper.
8. Sandra Bullock
It is hardly uncommon for celebs to shave a few years off their actual ages when auditioning for parts in Hollywood. However, Sandra Bullock actually pretended to be older than she really was when she was auditioning for a role in the 1992 film Love Potion #9. Sandra told the producers of the movie that she was 29 years old in hopes that she would get the part of a scientist, but she was really only 26. The lie worked and she secured the part of the female lead, Diane Farrow. However, Sandra revealed that she then lied about her age to appear younger than she was, before her real birth date was printed in a magazine article.
7. Eddie Redmayne
Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has also told a porky to get a role. When Eddie was doing a reading for the 2005 television miniseries Elizabeth I, director Tom Hooper asked Eddie if he knew how to ride a horse. Eddie said that he could, but that wasn’t exactly the truth. Eddie secured the part of Southhampton, but never admitted to telling the fib about being able to ride. When he was filming a scene on horseback with Helen Mirren and 40 other men, he wondered if it was too late to reveal the truth. However, Tom quickly caught on. Despite the lie, Tom and Eddie worked again together on Les Miserables.
6. Anne Hathaway
If you are an actor and you are auditioning for a movie role that involves horses, you can expect that the director is going to ask you about your riding ability. When Anne Hathaway was auditioning for a part in 2005’s critically acclaimed film Brokeback Mountain, director Ang Lee asked about Anne’s horseback riding ability. She said riding wouldn’t be a problem for her. Anne landed the part of rodeo queen Lureen, and took some riding lessons to prepare for the role. However, it wasn’t enough. When they began filming, Ang realized that Anne was lying about her ability when the horse wouldn’t do what she wanted it to, and she eventually fell off. Anne’s poor riding did not hurt the film, it received numerous awards and nominations.
5. Mila Kunis
When Mila Kunis auditioned for That ‘70s Show, she was only 14 years old. The show was looking for people who were at least 18 years old, so when Mila was questioned about her age, she told producers that she “was going to be 18.” She says that it was not technically a lie because she was going to turn 18 at some point. She just did not specify that she would be turning 18 in four years. She ended up being cast as the sassy Jackie Burkhart, and the show was on the air from 1998 to 2006. Who knows what would have happened if Mila told the truth about her age, and wasn’t cast. She ended up meeting Ashton Kutcher on the show, who played her sometimes-boyfriend Michael Kelso. They may not have had a relationship while they were filming, but the two are now married and have a daughter together.
4. Aidan Turner
Poldark star Aidan Turner told a fib to land the starring role in the BBC drama series. When he auditioned for the role of Ross Poldark, he told producers that he was comfortable on horseback. He claimed that when he played Kili in The Hobbit, he was given a lot of riding lessons, but that was an exaggeration of the truth. In Hollywood, it seems like exaggerating your horseback riding ability is almost as a common as fibbing about your age. Aidan did get the role and the show frequently has scenes of him galloping up the coast. He actually had the cast and crew convinced that he was a decent rider until he recently admitted the truth about his riding ability.
3. Rebel Wilson
When Rebel Wilson appeared in Pitch Perfect 2, everyone thought that she was 29, as she claimed. However, it was revealed that Rebel was actually born on March 2, 1980, making her 35 years old. In the movies, Rebel plays Fat Amy, a college student in The Barden Bellas singing group, so at 35, she is older than the average college student. It does not really matter whether she is 29, 36, or a 100-year-old mermaid, like Rebel said she was in response to the controversy. Rebel still made everyone laugh out as the hilarious Amy thanks to her one-liners.
2. Katie Redford
Coronation Street is a massive show with a legion of fans, so it is easy to see why any actor or actress would be thrilled to land a part on it. Katie Redford secured the role as Bethany Platt, the 14-year-old daughter of Sarah. Katie claimed to be 19 years old, but she was actually 25 years old when she was cast. That would have made her 11 years older than her character, and only two years younger than her on-screen mother. However, this story does not have a happy ending like the rest. When it was discovered that Katie lied about her age, she was fired from the soap.
1. Gabrielle Carteris
Gabrielle Cateris is another actress who has lied about her age to get a part. Gabrielle was 29-years-old when she auditioned for the role of Andrea Zuckerman in Beverly Hills 90210. She was worried that people would think she was too old to play a 16-year-old so she knocked a few years off of her actual age. She even asked a lawyer if she could lie about her age and still sign the contracts, and they said it was fine, as long as she was over 21. Gabrielle did join the Peach Pit as Andrea, and the crew didn’t find out about her real age until a magazine wrote an article about it.