Off the audition roundabout
Julia Morris happily avoids the grind of LA’S pilot season, writes
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.’’
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