THESE CASTING DIRECTORS PULL BACK THE CURTAIN ON THE PROCESS

Actors often think casting directors hardly even pay attention during their auditions. But what they don’t realize is that not only are they watching closely, they might actually be looking straight into the actors’ souls.

Actors often think casting directors hardly even pay attention during their auditions. But what they don’t realize is that not only are they watching closely, they might actually be looking straight into the actors’ souls.

“We had been fans of Samira [Wiley] from ‘Orange Is the New Black, ‘” notes Sharon Bialy, who is part of the team that casts Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “She read with me …. There was something she found — the strength in that character, the fearlessness in her eyes.”

“We weren’t identifying what roles would be people of color,” adds her colleague Sherry Thomas. “It was the soul of the actor and what [showrunner Bruce Miller] was looking for.”

Wiley plays the rebellious Moira on “Handmaid’s” and has one Emmy win in three nominations for the role.

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