Stranger Things is one of the most popular TV shows in recent pop-cultural history. Casting director Carmen Cuba has a cast a ton of projects including Stranger Things and the upcoming production Logan Lucky. In a recent interview with Variety, Cuba described her casting process and how she casts actors. Variety’s Tim Gray asked Cuba what’s the difference between casting kids and adult actors?
Cuba explains, “Training and/or life experience teaches adults how to leave some of their quirks off the table. But kids are mostly unable to cover up the things that make them uniquely who they are — and I love that. In “Logan Lucky” we have a little girl named Farrah Mackenzie who is a tornado of talent, in “The Florida Project” audiences will meet a powerhouse named Brooklynn Prince. And the “Stranger Things” kids are undeniable on every level.”
With technology revolutionizing the casting process, Cuba explains that online auditions has allowed for more aspiring actors to get a chance.
“It has allowed me to cast a much wider net, so in that sense it has made it easier because I love options. The flip side is that because the volume of what I see is so much higher, my brain has much more to keep track of,” Cuba explained.
Cuba explains the secret to “longevity” in the film industry means being flexible. “I am aware that it depends wholly on filmmakers continuing to want my contribution — and I have no control over that, other than to keep having a strong voice and strong instincts. It might also have to do with being flexible and open to what’s new and evolving within and outside of the business itself, staying curious and current.”
You can read the full interview here.