Emmy Rossum Says She Was Asked to Wear a Bikini So a Director Could See If She “Was Fat Now”
While we’re still cringing over the details of Allison Brie’s Entourage audition (ya know, the one where she was asked to take her top off), newly married Emmy Rossum has just revealed a similarly gross experience.
In a roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter that included Rossum, America Ferrera, Pamela Adlon, Minnie Driver, Kathryn Hahn, and Issa Rae (oh, to have been at that table!), the 30-year-old Shameless actress opened up about an offer she once received via her agent. “[E]ven as recently as a year ago, my agent called me and was like, ‘I’m so embarrassed to make this call, but there’s a big movie and they’re going to offer it to you. They really love your work on the show. But the director wants you to come into his office in a bikini. There’s no audition. That’s all you have to do.’”
Aldon pointed out, “[Y]ou’re already doing Shameless, and we see your body all the time.” Rossum replied, “He wanted to know if I was fat now. That was basically the question.” Ugh.
Rossum said there was a moment where she actually considered it, thinking maybe the character appeared in a bikini in the movie. Not so. “Not in a bikini in the movie.… Not naked in the movie,” she shared with her fellow actresses. She says the request was instead along the lines of, “We really love your work, but we just want to see how tight your ass is.” Again, UGH!
Unfortunately these types of stories are not uncommon, but they are incredibly disappointing.
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(h/t Vulture; photos via Bryan Bedder/Getty, Showtime)