Alison Brie shared an ugly truth behind auditioning as a woman in Hollywood.
During a panel after a screening of her new Netflix series, “GLOW”, at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, star Alison Brie talked about her experiences early in her career auditioning for TV shows.
The series, executive-produced by “Orange is the New Black”‘s Jenji Kohan, about a women’s wrestling league in the 1980s, had some serious parallels to Hollywood today, Brie said.
“It has not changed that much,” Brie told the panel. “The audition process has not changed that much.”
Brie took the HBO series “Entourage” to task in particular. She talked about an audition she had for a small part on the show.
“I auditioned for three lines on an episode of Entourage that I had to go on in a bikini!” Brie described. “Or like shorts and the tiniest shorts. And they were like, ‘Okay, can you take your top off now?'”
Later, on Twitter, Brie clarified her earlier statement:
But Brie’s point still stands. She also pointed out during the panel that there is a serious lack of roles for women in Hollywood.
“I’ve gone through auditions for Marvel movies and auditioned a million times for roles with three lines and you are begging for them,” Brie said. “And I’d be glad to get them! It’s brutal, it just is.”
With series like “Orange is the New Black” and “GLOW”, that reality for women in Hollywood may be changing, but Brie’s claims are proof that the industry still has a long way to go.