Who hasn't lied on a resume in order to get a job? Making it as an A-List actor or actress is a one-in-a-million chance, so this list of celebrities who lied to get parts shouldn't really surprise anyone. Leave your judgment at the door and check out these famous actors who lied to get movie roles.
Do you speak German? Ja. Are you a skilled horseback rider? Of course. How old are you? I’m exactly the age you need me to be to appear in this movie. Language skills can be learned, horseback riding can be taught, and age is just a number. Let’s face it, when young actors desperate for work arrive in Hollywood, lying about a skill set or their age is just a technicality. Unless, of course, that fib comes back to haunt them.
One famous actress on this list lied that she loved horses, when in fact she was not only terrified of them, but also allergic. Another actor said he had mad volleyball skills, but when it came time to serve and volley, he looked like a fool in front of the film’s cast and crew. Several actors have lied about being able to ride horses. Like, way more than you might expect. Read about those stories and other famous celebrities who lied to get ahead in Hollywood.
During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2012, Mila Kunis admitted she told a sort-of lie about her age in order to land the part of Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show. All the actors who auditioned for the show had to be at least 18 years old. Kunis was 14. She explained to Leno, "Legally I was 14, but I told them I was a little bit older... I told them I was gonna be 18, which is not technically a lie, cause at one point... I was gonna be 18."
Eventually, the producers figured out Kunis was underage, but put it aside because she was the best fit for the part. The Ukraine-born actress stayed on the show for eight seasons before transitioning to a career on the big screen.
Films Acted In: Black Swan, Oz the Great and Powerful, Ted, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Book of Eli, + more
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
George Clooney was desperate to land decent roles and knew he needed to get into the Screen Actors Guild to have any chance of success in Hollywood. During an audition, he lied and said he was in a movie called Cat People. Unfortunately, for Clooney, the casting director he lied to was also the casting director on Cat People.
"You couldn't get a job without getting into the Screen Actors Guild, so everybody would make up these credits just to get in. They didn't have internet then so you got away with anything.
"I remember lying to a casting director about Cat People. She was like, 'You were in that?' I was, like, yep, and she goes, 'Because I cast that.' I finally just said, 'I can't get in the SAG. Help me!' She helped me get a job on a film called The Predator. The movie never came out. But I got my SAG card."
Films Acted In: Batman & Robin, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, From Dusk till Dawn, Gravity, + more
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
Fake it 'til you make it... or kill yourself trying? Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne lied to director Tom Hooper about being an experienced horseback rider, a skill set needed for period piece Elizabeth I. When Redmayne perched himself on a massive stallion surrounded by 40 stuntmen on horses, with Helen Mirren waiting in the wings, things went horribly wrong.
"They called action and I basically went ferociously down at 100 miles an hour. I almost killed myself, almost killed half of the crew," Redmayne revealed on Conan O'Brien's late night show. "Tom Hooper comes from behind Helen Mirren with a huge loud speaker and goes, 'You’re a f*cking liar, Redmayne.'"
Thankfully for Redmayne, Hooper didn't fire him, but rather sent the actor for horseback riding lessons.
Films Acted In: Les Misérables, The Good Shepherd, The Other Boleyn Girl, Powder Blue, My Week with Marilyn, + more
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Robert Pattinson is one of the most recognized movie stars in the world. Well before he was cast as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies, the British actor had a difficult time finding work. After spending two years as a struggling actor in Los Angeles, he got desperate and lied about some important details.
To boost his resume, Pattinson claimed to have attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Oxford University. He also pretended to be American when surrounded by too many other British actors, to make himself stand out from the crowd.
Whether it was his fabricated back story or acting talent, Pattinson landed the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005, and his career took off.
He confessed his fib to the Daily Mirror after he was already famous:
"I'd been unemployed for ages, and when I came to Los Angeles all the casting directors would ask what I'd been doing for the past few years. I'd say, 'Oh, I was at RADA' if you've got an English accent you can get away with it. I'd say I went to Oxford, too. I did it for years. But it didn't work when loads of English people started moving to Los Angeles. So then I pretended to be American for a bit. When Twilight came out I still tried to pretend to be American but people thought I was insane, so I stopped."
Films Acted In: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Twilight, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, + more
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom