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Five highly talented actors came to Vienna after a long audition process: Jack B. Anderson, Hollie Sullivan, Mayuna Hasebe, Florent Arnoult and Alix Bénézech. When they arrived in Vienna in the evening, they were starving, so we took them to dinner to get a first impression. The actors were slightly guarded and, which made them most adorable, keen to please.

In the course of the next day, these actors who should actually be competitors became close friends. The audition was not a question about their talent, not even about their type since each one was completely different; it was more about who fit to whom, and whose chemistry had the strongest impact.

At the end of the day, I asked Florent and Alix to improvise two of the casting scenes in French. I used this very first scene for all casting rounds since I found it to be a good first test of whether the candidates had any kind if understanding of the required timing and rhythm to keep the scene interesting, whether they understood the progression of the characters, and finally, whether they could let themselves go when their emotions are supposed to spill over completely.

In many instances of the preliminary round, most of the candidates failed already the first aspect: they turned the scene into a long theater piece with dramatic pauses where there aren’t supposed to be any. The second test was where Sarah screams out the truth about her life, and here too, most of the candidates failed. Alix did an extremely interesting interpretation when pushed by Florent, one that nobody had thought of, opening herself up so much that it took her the rest of the evening to calm down again.

The second scene is a tragic-comical one where Philip basically gives insight about his own twisted views on the matter of suicide, plus implying that he is a virgin and would like not to die as one. Enjoy!

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