Bryan Cranston Reveals His Audition Trick He Used to Land More Roles

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Bryan Cranston attends the 'Isle of Dogs' press conference during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 15, 2018 in Berlin, Germany - Image (Denis Makarenko /

Bryan Cranston opens up about how he struggled with rejection and learned how to do well in the audition room.

Six-time Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston is considered one of the greatest actors of all time. Since ‘Breaking Bad’, he has been nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for his role in the 2015 film “Trumbo” and won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in “All The Way”. And Cranston was just nominated for another Tony Award for his performance as newscaster Howard Beale in the stage adaptation Network.

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That said, Cranston has not always been so loved by critics and audiences. In an interview with Variety, Cranston speaks about some of his early career struggles and remembers how he learned to cope with rejection as an actor about ten years after a bad audition.

“I had an epiphany 10 years after that. It changed my life as an actor. I used to think that an audition was a job interview, but I realized I was giving up my power because I was going into an office wanting something from them. Whenever you want something from anyone, you have relinquished your power. Holding on to power in an audition is essential for an actor. You have to be able to do exactly what you want because that’s what’s required of you to impress someone with your uniqueness and what you could bring to a character. I was going in there to present an idea, an option for them. An audition became another opportunity for me to act.”

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