‘Riverdale’ Casting Director Reveals How He Spots Bad Acting

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Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse speaking at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Riverdale", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr / Creative Commons License)

The casting director behind “Riverdale” shares tips for aspiring actors and audition tips.

David Rapaport is a casting director known for working on popular shows including ‘Riverdale’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’, ‘Supergirl’ and 90210. He was recently reviewed by Mashable for its series on prominent members of the LGBTQ community for Pride month.

When asked by the interviewer for any advice for LGBTQ actors, Rapaport explained:

It would be the same as ANY actor. As a casting director, I’m looking for actors to offer up their unique selves. I want actors to come in and share their unique perspective on the material and their unique personalities. I can see right through someone when they are putting up a facade. Those fake performances are boring and inauthentic. Think about your favorite artists and musicians. They don’t hold back. They let you inside.

It takes a tremendous amount of courage to walk into any casting room. To share yourself and be vulnerable. I get it. But those that are willing and able to share are the ones who excite me most.

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The cast of “Riverdale” arrives at the 2017 Comic Con press room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, CA. (CarlaVanWagoner / Shutterstock.com)

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