Before being the beloved personalities that we know, they were anonymous and anchored in a daily life that is trivial. One day, somewhere and by chance, someone discovered them and allowed them to go from shadow to light.
From anonymity to the spotlight: it is always interesting, sometimes tasty, to discover how this or that talent was discovered and was put into orbit. Here are ten examples, from Jennifer Lawrence to Alain Delon, including Romain Duris and Kristen Stewart!
Daughter of a Fox director and producer and a screenwriter, Kristen stewart comes from a cinema family. However, his first steps in the industry were quite by chance when, during his school’s Christmas show, his performance was noticed by an agent. Impressed, he advises her to go to auditions.
She will start them at the age of eight for cinema and television. After a first single appearance in a Disney Channel TV movie (The boy who came from the sea), she will reveal herself by playing the tomboy of Patricia Clarkson in The Safety of Objects, and especially the diabetic girl of Jodie Foster in Panic Room.
The 9-year-old actress in “The Boy Who Came From the Sea”.
It was during a trip to New York, while watching a street show with her mother, that the very young Jennifer lawrence is approached by a photographer. The latter wishes to make him pass a casting for the H&M brand. Already sure of herself, the 14-year-old girl refuses, exposing her desire to be an actress rather than a model.
Encouraged by the photographer to take an agent, she will leave high school and make her debut in small roles on television (Monk, Company Town …) before making herself known in the cinema (Far from the scorched earth, Winter’s Bone. ..).
One of Jennifer Lawrence’s first appearances in “Monk”:
Once you have your baccalaureate in your pocket, Romain Duris embarks on studies of applied arts. Dreadlocks, charming smile and improbable draw, the young man is absolutely not destined for the profession of actor despite the few solicitations to which he is subjected in the street. It is at the end of the lessons that he is once again approached, this time by Bruno Lévy, the casting director of Cédric Klapisch, in search of the hero of his next film.
Klapisch and his film Nothing at all, Duris is a fan of it. This is the reason which pushes this young pupil of the Duperré school to accept to pass the auditions. At the age of 19, he will burst the screen on the poster for the TV movie that has become cult film The Young Peril, the first of his seven collaborations with his director Pygmalion.
Below, the first hearing of Romain Duris …
Do you remember the freshness of Natalie Portman in Leon’s famous restaurant scene? It is in a similar meeting place (a pizzeria more precisely) that the young actress also seduced an agent of the Revlon brand who approached her while she was having lunch with the family, and offered to take photos for a campaign. advertising. Then 10 years old, the young lady explains preferring comedy and wanting to try auditions.
A few months later, these photos (and this agent) will allow him to catch the eye of Luc Besson, who will decide to audition and then engage him on Leon. At 12 years old, Natalie reveals herself, imposing her charm and her naturalness in front of the “cleaner” Jean Reno.
Natalie Portman’s first casting …
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was 16 when he was kicked out of high school for indiscipline. The young man haunted the billiard halls of Cork, Ireland. It is in one of them that he is approached by a casting agent, looking for a teenager for The War of the Buttons, it starts again.
Failed during the audition, the rebel will resume his games while keeping one foot in the middle, encouraged by those who did not hold him back. Spotted in an advertisement, he was finally chosen to play alongside Albert Finney in A Man of No Importance, where he found his favorite game there.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers first appearance below …
In 1956, Alain Delon is passing through Cannes with his companion at the time, the actress Brigitte Auber, when he meets Jean-Claude Brialy. With his new friend, he plays the clown and goes out in the evening in bars. “I had made a great movie, The Friend of the Family, but everywhere we went, nobody …