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12 Celebrities Reveal Their 'Casting Couch' Stories

Before celebrities catch their big breaks in Hollywood, they have to go through what every other aspiring star has to go through - auditioning. There is so much competition in Hollywood that some stru

Exchanging sexual favors for a coveted job happens in every industry; however, in Hollywood, casting couch stories are especially prevalent.

Before celebrities catch their big breaks in Hollywood, they have to go through what every other aspiring star has to go through - auditioning. There is so much competition in Hollywood that some struggling actors/actresses will do whatever it takes to get the role. This desperateness on one end, and surplus of power on the other end, has led to the 'casting couch' mentality in the entertainment industry. The 'casting couch' refers to the exchange of sexual favors for film roles between casting directors or film producers and aspiring actresses or actors. Many Hollywood executives deny that the 'casting couch' exists in the entertainment industry, but these celebrities disagree. Here are twelve celebrities' casting couch horror stories.

12 Lisa Rinna

11 Joan Collins

10 Corey Feldman

9 Jenny McCarthy

8 Susan Sarandon

7 Ryan Phillippe

6 Thandie Newton

5 Gwyneth Paltrow

4 Megan Fox

3 Charlize Theron

2 Helen Mirren

1 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe had many casting-couch experiences, but unlike the other celebrities mentioned, Monroe took up these offers. She traded sexual favors with producers, directors and actors to get ahead in her career. According to Barbara Leaming's biography on Marilyn Monroe “When Marilyn approached Howard Hawks one weekend in Palm Springs, the director made it clear that he saw nothing special about her. He thought she was stupid and told her so. He wasn't even interested in a sexual encounter.” - Ouch! Although Marilyn Monroe admitted to sleeping with people to advance her career, she would later call Hollywood 'an overcrowded brothel.'

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