Off the au­di­tion round­about

Ju­lia Mor­ris hap­pily avoids the grind of LA’S pi­lot sea­son, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SUNDAY EXTRA -

COMEDIAN Ju­lia Mor­ris says be­ing cast in the fam­ily drama se­ries House Hus­bands has spared her an­other re­lent­less round of au­di­tions for the US TV pi­lot sea­son.

Mor­ris earned just $1200 in two years liv­ing in the US study­ing act­ing, be­fore land­ing her first ma­jor tele­vi­sion role back in Aus­tralia.

Her break came af­ter re­turn­ing home to film Celebrity Ap­pren­tice in 2011 for Chan­nel 9.

At the end of the re­al­ity se­ries she de­cided to au­di­tion for a mi­nor tele­vi­sion role and ended up be­ing cast as a piv­otal char­ac­ter in Nine’s House Hus­bands.

Mor­ris, 44, plays nurse Gemma, the work­ing wife to the re­cently re­tired Lewis (Gary Sweet) in the se­ries that pre­mieres on Septem­ber 2.

Mor­ris says dur­ing her two years at drama school in Los Angeles she au­di­tioned of­ten. The ex­pe­ri­ence of fronting up daily, only to be re­jected soon af­ter, was not nearly as sober­ing as see­ing who else was in the same predica­ment – try­ing to im­press the pro­duc­ers and di­rec­tors.

‘‘Dur­ing pi­lot sea­son you do about four (au­di­tions) a day and dur­ing episodic sea­son, which is around July to Oc­to­ber, you do about one a day,’’ Mor­ris says.

‘‘I kept get­ting through the sys­tem and was go­ing for lead roles, but so were a lot of peo­ple around my age – and all with more ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘In one au­di­tion sit­ting next to me go­ing for the same role were Peri Gilpin ( Frasier), Laura San Gi­a­como ( Just Shoot

Ju­lia Mor­ris in her role as a piv­otal char­ac­ter in the new se­ries Me) and an­other girl who was in the movie Hap­pi­ness.

‘‘There’s not a wealth of roles for ladies in their 40s, es­pe­cially in LA.’’

Mor­ris sta­tioned her­self in the US on the back of a work­ing visa but she will move there per­ma­nently af­ter win­ning a green card in the US im­mi­gra­tion lottery.

She hopes she can by­pass pi­lot sea­son – which starts in late Jan­uary. Her dream is House Hus­bands will be re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son.

‘‘The thing about LA is, you feel like it is about to hap­pen any minute,’’ Mor­ris says.

‘‘I’m des­per­ate to see if there is a sec­ond sea­son (of House Hus­bands) be­cause the fun can’t stop here.

‘‘I’m go­ing back (to the US) in Septem­ber – I won’t go for pi­lot sea­son again.’’

Sun­days, 8.30pm, Nine, NBN.

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