On Monday night, some of today’s hottest actors came to the new Times Center in New York City to honor the industry’s top casting directors at the 25th Annual Artios Awards. I spoke with actor Patrick Wilson (“All My Sons,” “Watchmen,” “Little Children”) at the pre-ceremony reception, before the lights dimmed and he presented several of the night’s awards — and he actually seemed excited to see us!
Does this mean you used to read the Back Stage casting notices when you began your acting career?
Patrick Wilson: I started pre-internet! Absolutely, my first job was from Back Stage, though.
Do you remember what that first gig was?
I used to get Back Stage when I was in college – well, I had friends who got it and would tell me about it, and my friends and I would drive up from Pittsburgh [to auditions in New York]. I auditioned for so many things then, let me think… My first job was “Miss Saigon,” which I got out of Back Stage West.
But even though I had an agent, I would still go to open calls or EPAs, you know. It’s what I tell young actors now: Just because you get an agent doesn’t mean the work stops, or the pursuit stops. A couple times you’ll get cross-referenced, like “Yeah, so I got you an appointment,” and you’re like “Oh yeah, I already went in for that.” And they’re like, “What?” Read the rest of this entry »