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Actor and Actress Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Actor and Actress interview, here are 25 interview questions and answer examples.

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Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.

How to Answer

Many hiring managers will choose one candidate over another because of their volunteer experience. They feel that it shows strong character and selflessness...all qualities that make a great employee. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to give back to your community in some form of volunteerism. If you do not have formal volunteer experience, you can draw on things you do in your spare time to assist friends, family, or even your current employer.

If you do have volunteer experience: "For the past eight months, I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been an enjoyable experience and rewarding at the same time."

Written by Rachelle Enns

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25 Actor and Actress Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.

      How to Answer

      Many hiring managers will choose one candidate over another because of their volunteer experience. They feel that it shows strong character and selflessness...all qualities that make a great employee. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to give back to your community in some form of volunteerism. If you do not have formal volunteer experience, you can draw on things you do in your spare time to assist friends, family, or even your current employer.

      If you do have volunteer experience: "For the past eight months, I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been an enjoyable experience and rewarding at the same time."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "If you do not have volunteer experience: "I have not formally volunteered in these most recent years, however; I spend a lot of time helping my sister who is a single mom. I will babysit on weekends, cook dinners for her and drive the kids to appointments when necessary. I feel that it is essential to take care of the needs of the family."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "For the past eight months, I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been an enjoyable experience and rewarding at the same time."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Experienced

      "For the past three years, I have volunteered as an acting coach for at-risk youth. The classes take place every Saturday morning. It's been an incredible experience for me, and it's volunteer work that I hope to continue for the long-term."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

  • 2. Do you have any questions for me?

      How to Answer

      Do you remember rolling your eyes when the girl in your English class would ask a question about a character in a book that she would have known the answer to if she had just read the whole chapter? Well, that's kind of how casting directors feel when an actor asks questions that they could have found the answers to on their own.

      'Do you have any questions' is often another way of saying 'Are you ready' Be prepared to get started right away through researching the story, the character, the director and as much information you can gather about the production details.

      Sometimes a director takes a story everyone is familiar with and they put their own spin on it. Knowing that 'Romeo and Juliet' will take place in the 1970's and Juliet will be portrayed as the hippy daughter of a wealthy mobster might make a difference in how you play the role. If these kinds of questions are not answered through your prior investigation, ask! However, be prepared to change the approach you had planned to take in the way you play the character.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "Here are some sample questions:

      - When would you like to have this role filled?
      - How long has this position been vacant?
      - Is this a replacement search?
      - What is your favorite part about being a director?
      - What is your primary goal with this production?
      - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
      - What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years?
      - Is there any reason why you would not cast me?"

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Experienced

      "Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? Also, what types of characteristics are you looking for in the actor who fills this role? And lastly, I would love to hear more about your vision for this project."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

  • 3. Describe your acting style.

      How to Answer

      Think about what you need as an actor to be successful. Do you need a lot of direction or can you jump in and quickly pick up on cues? Depending on your training, you may be the type of actor that does extensive research on your role and stays in character after they call "cut."

      Who are your influences? What do you do to prepare? All of these elements factor into your "style." Your style also acknowledges your shortcomings. By defining who you are, you are willing to accept who you are not. You can't be everything to everyone, and you won't be perfect for every part. Think back to your strengths. How do they contribute to the style that makes you unique?

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "Here are some ways you can describe your acting style:

      - Intentional
      - Thoughtful
      - Methodical
      - Emotional

      Here are some specific acting techniques that you may follow:

      - Stanislavski
      - Strasberg
      - Stella Adler
      - Meisner
      - Chekhov
      - Practical Aesthetics
      - Uta Hagen
      - Viola Spolin"

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      "cut."

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      Experienced

      "I best describe my acting style as intentional and thoughtful. I am very methodical when learning a new character and like to dive into the ins and outs of character development fully."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

  • 4. Tell me about what you're working on now.

      How to Answer

      When you're not busy working on a new role for a production, you are spending your time working towards your goals. If you want to be an actor, you'll need to be willing to put yourself out there. Get creative and be persistent. You'll need to know how to market yourself to gain attention from talent agencies and casting directors. There is always something you can be working on, even if it's just doing research and taking time to brush up on skills you know would help you get the part next time.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I recently joined a local theatre troupe, and we are currently working on a production of 'Fiddler on the Roof.' It's been incredible so far, and I have learned a great deal about musical theatre. "

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  • 5. Who is your favorite actor, and why?

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      Will you ever walk the stage of the Academy Awards to accept an Oscar like Marlon Brando? Forget about it! Okay, okay, anything is possible!

      Even as you visualize those actors who have awed wide audiences and won those awards, think about the characters they have embodied. What made them believable? How did they make a significant contribution to the film?

      When you talk about your favorite actor, talk about their characters, films and the lengths they went through to take on those characters. Show your understanding of how a person's style can make their characters great.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "My favorite actor, since I was a child, has been Audrey Hepburn. She is classic and embodies the idea of effortless acting."

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  • 6. Of all the roles you have played in the past, which is your favorite?

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      This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk about your experience! You don't have to choose a character that is exceptionally challenging or complex. Perhaps you brought depth to a typically flat character. Talk about how you made them interesting to watch. Maybe you enjoyed playing the character just because of your passion for the overall production. Share what you learned from that role.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I am newer to my acting career and will never forget the very first role I was given. It was a local performance of 'Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley' and I played the character of Mrs. Darcy. The script was challenging due to the flowery language and lengthy monologues."

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  • 7. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

      How to Answer

      Is honesty always the best policy? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on openness in the workplace.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I do feel that honesty is the best policy so long as the honest comment does not come with the intention of being hurtful."

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  • 8. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      How to Answer

      Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members or cast mates.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "Here are some ways that you can encourage ideas in others:

      - Get to know them and what they like to work on
      - Send an encouraging email letting them know you like their plan or ideas
      - Publicly praise their efforts
      - If you are a leader, then tell them that you like their ideas
      - Say things like 'Well done' or 'Nice work' on a regular basis
      - Show that you believe in their quality of work before they even deliver it"

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  • 9. When have you worked with a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "In my current role, I work alongside cross-functional teams regularly. Together, we manage our performances very effectively. Diversity is a must in the acting industry."

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  • 10. How do you show your cast mates the importance of communication?

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      As an actor you know that 'telling,' and 'showing' are two very different things. Talk to the interviewer about how you put communication into action during your projects and scenes.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I show the importance of communication through actively getting to know my cast mates on a personal level, and letting them know early on that I am open to feedback all steps of the way."

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  • 11. Have you progressed in your acting career as you have expected?

      How to Answer

      Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your acting career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I am thrilled with the progress of my acting career. I am proud of my accomplishments and the path my career has taken so far."

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  • 12. Think about a demanding director, professor or cast mate. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?

      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer that you work well with most personalities even though you recognize there are some folks out there who are quite difficult to please. Think about that one person at work who is seen as hard to satisfy. Perhaps there is someone at work who tries to intimidate others. Maybe it's a director who is a total perfectionist.

      Talk to the interviewer about what made this person challenging and what their relationship was to you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone and be sure to end your response on a positive note.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I once worked on a group project with a very brash person. I took it upon myself to help this person interact better with others. When she would bark orders, I would reiterate what she was trying to say to the group more professionally. It took some time, but she learned to behave in a way that made people want to work with her."

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  • 13. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

      How to Answer

      Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with delays in the workplace.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "Setbacks happen for a reason, and they do not affect me emotionally in the least. I am a very pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite the challenges that come my way."

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  • 14. What attracted you to begin a career as an actor?

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      The interviewer would like to see the passion behind your career choice. This desire is what will drive you, even on the most terrible days. Let your excitement for being an actor shine!

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I became attracted to this career path when my father took me to the local theatre. We had a backstage pass where I could witness all of the wardrobes, set pieces in action, and meet a few of the performers. The buzz was amazing, and I caught the bug!"

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  • 15. Are you a union member?

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      Are you familiar with actors unions? A union is designed to protect you as an actor, ensuring fair pay, hours, and working conditions.

      In the past, unions have passed legislation that brings work to areas where actors are struggling for employment. Casting directors and producers look highly upon those who join unions because your membership shows that you are a professional and take your career seriously. If you aren't a union member, check to see what is available in your state. Your membership could get you your next audition!

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I just became a union member, yes! I am happy to have joined Actra International recently."

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  • 16. In which area would you like to improve as an actor?

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      To become a well-respected actor, you will need to have the self-awareness that you can always improve, and know what you can improve upon. Auditions are one way to learn these things. So is feedback from other actors and directors.

      As you learn your weak points, learn how to talk about them and describe how you seek to improve. You may have recently discovered that your British accent is not believable, so you have been watching Jane Austen films repeatedly and speaking with an accent around your friends to improve. Be specific. Make a list of any areas you know you stand for improvement and think of what you can do.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I am passionate about being an actor which means that I am always open to new training opportunities. There is always room to improve. If I had to choose one particular area today, I would choose to learn more about method acting."

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  • 17. Do you have any special skills that you can demonstrate for me?

      How to Answer

      Unique skills could be anything from funny voices to acting techniques that make your style unique. You may have a character that you made up that shows your creativity and comedic skill. If you can cry on cue, that's a skill!

      Think about some of the skills you have perfected that you can act out on the spot upon request. If you're not sure, list off some examples to jog your memory. Reflect on some of your past roles and productions you did in the past.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "Here are some special skills that you could mention:

      - Multiple accents or dialects
      - Singing abilities
      - Dancing abilities
      - Strong projection
      - Makeup Artistry
      - Wardrobe specialty
      - Set design or building"

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  • 18. What sort of acting roles will you be seeking in the future?

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      Now that you know your type and can talk about your style, it will be easier to identify the roles the best-fit roles. As you develop a broader range, meaning the ability to create a higher depth into a full spectrum of characters, you have more options. Practice makes perfect! You may need to challenge yourself by trying something new. Share how what you've done in the past has prepared you.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I would like to land my first role in a musical. I think it would be very challenging for me as an actor. I am trained in classical music and voice, so I see a potential fit."

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  • 19. Tell me something I may not know from reading your resume.

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      Don't get caught in the trap of telling them your life story! The interviewer wants to get to know you, but is most interested in how it will help you be successful in acting school or their next production.

      Sharing your training, acting experience, and a few hobbies is a great place to start. When talking about hobbies, think about the ones that could be relevant to your job as an actor. You'll need to focus, study and research, so speaking about how you enjoy reading poetry or how you have played on a successful sports team is valuable information.

      You'll be working with a lot of different personalities, so talking about how much you love people and enjoy going out to concerts or other public places where you get to meet new people shows that you are outgoing and friendly.

      Try to keep this answer brief, but give the interviewer reason to want to know more about you. The way you talk about yourself is also essential. Be enthusiastic and composed. Show that you are prepared.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I have a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from the University of Michigan. I am also a professional pianist and classically trained vocalist. I'm currently looking for a change in professional acting."

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  • 20. How do you motivate your fellow cast mates?

      How to Answer

      You don't have to be a director or official lead to motivate others. Offering a listening ear or providing words of encouragement can make a world of difference to your cast mates. Sometimes, just being a positive influence and showing up consistently can also make a difference.

      If you have worked in a leadership role, think of ways you helped set clear goals or helped individuals cultivate a new skill. Reflect on your experience and share some ways that you have helped encourage others to keep up the good work!

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I motivate others by complimenting their work, asking them their opinion, and making them feel like a valued part of the team."

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  • 21. What was the biggest audience you have performed in front of?

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      The interviewer wants to know how comfortable are you with performing in front of large crowds. If you're going to perform in front of hundreds of people, you have to reach some of those smaller goals, like starring in the latest adaptation of Peter Pan in a small mountain town theater.

      The more comfortable you become with larger audiences, the more opportunities you have to perform. With that experience, your confidence grows, and you can take on different challenges. As you talk about your experience, even if you have only performed in small plays, talk about your goals and how you are working towards them.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I've performed in front of an audience of 30, and I am currently auditioning for larger theater troupes."

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  • 22. Tell me about a time where you had difficulty with a character. What was the role and why was it challenging?

      How to Answer

      There are many reasons why you will have difficulty with certain characters. Sometimes it's because you can't relate. Other times you can relate too well. Perhaps you are reminded of an estranged relationship with a family member because the character is so similar. Or, maybe you have never met anyone like that character in real life.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "Last month I auditioned for a role where the character was the opposite gender of myself. I wanted to audition for the challenge but knew it would be incredibly difficult."

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  • 23. Can you read through a scene from the script for me?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer or casting director would like to be assured of your confidence! By asking this question, they get to see just how prepared you are when the pressure is on. The best way to answer this is to say yes, and offer to jump right into the scene.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "The best way to prepare for an audition is to memorize the lines of the role you intend to play. You can hold the script in front of you, but don't hold it too close to your mouth! Hiding behind your script will make it difficult for you to be heard. If you are on video, they can't see the expressions on your face either.

      Learn as much as you can about the character, the story and how the director intends to portray the piece before you go into your audition. Understand the tone, dialect, and style. It can be a bit nerve-wracking to read in front of another professional, but take heart!

      The more you audition, the more opportunities you have to practice! So, when you are asked to read through the script, be prepared to jump right into character."

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  • 24. When was your first role as an actor?

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      Perhaps your first role was when you were in a school play at eight years old. Or, maybe you were cast in a local commercial for which you have tried out. For some, acting is in their blood. They have molded themselves into characters since early childhood. You may reflect fondly on your first role or, you may not. Your example merely gives the casting director historical context and insight into you as an actor. How have you grown and improved?

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I just started pursuing my acting career which means that my list of experience is short. I recently played a minor role in a community play. Not only was the experience fun, but it also taught me a great deal about discipline. I am excited to get the ball rolling on my career as an actor."

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  • 25. What has been your greatest accomplishment as an actor?

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      You'll want to make sure you have thought through this question carefully before the interview. Pre-select some critical achievements from your career and be prepared to discuss how these successes have impacted you. Try not to go too far back. Pick a recent accomplishment. If you've included an "╦ťAchievements' section in your CV, then this will be a good starting point for you to generate ideas.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "My greatest accomplishment so far has been completing my Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts. I learned so much, stretched myself as a professional, and also made some incredible new friends."

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