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My worst moment: Years before she landed 'Bones,' Tamara Taylor almost landed on her face at an audition

Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

On the Netflix series "October Faction," which premiered last month and is based on the graphic novel of the same name, Tamara Taylor plays a monster hunter.

Though Deloris is an expert in the supernatural, strangely enough, the character has a lot in common with Camille Saroyan, the scientist Taylor previously played for 10 years on the forensic drama "Bones."

"Deloris is a monster hunter, but as unconventional as she is, I think she's a believer in the system -- until she's not," Taylor said in a recent phone interview. "Being on Netflix, you've got a little more freedom in terms of the language and the joint smoking, but I think in terms of approach, Cam and Deloris are both technicians. I kind of see them approaching their work in a very similar way. Cam was very methodical, and I think Deloris has that too."

Taylor's trademark as these two characters is her poise. But when she auditions, sometimes her nerves get the best of her. When asked to share a worst moment in her career, she replied, "I didn't have to think too hard. This humiliating story stood out in neon. I kind of relish this one."

Here's an edited transcript of what she told me.

My worst moment ...

 

"I was maybe two or three years into living in Los Angeles, I'm going to say this was 1995. I was doing the acting thing, going on auditions. I had a couple roles under my belt, so I wasn't completely green, but I hadn't done a movie yet. And I got called in -- I'm not remembering the specifics -- but I think it was for a Morgan Freeman movie and I was being called in to play his daughter. I want to say it was for 'Kiss the Girls,' but I don't know. I think I blocked it out because this experience was so humiliating.

"Auditions kind of terrify me. The waiting room experience is usually a pretty treacherous one for me. I contemplate running out and screaming. Just disappearing. And this particular waiting room was extremely full. There were probably about 30 people, and we're all trying to stay in our own little bubbles of focus. And I'm just trying to pray the nerves away. I'm like, 'Breathe. You can do this.' And it was a good solid 45 minutes of waiting. And as the minutes tick on, I'm getting more and more nervous.

"For some reason, I thought there were five people ahead of me, but the casting director comes out and says my name. And I was so shocked I kind of jumped up and my keys go flying one way and my sides -- which are the loose pieces of paper that your scenes are on -- go flying the other way. So now everyone is looking at me as I pick up my keys and pick up my sides.

"And I was wearing Chuck Taylors at the time and I guess they didn't like the rug very much, because I took a few steps, tripped and fell. And it was amazing because I didn't allow myself to just fall on the ground. For some reason, I was close enough to grab onto the casting director's lapels -- I feel like she was wearing lapels but it might have been a T-shirt -- and I grabbed hold of her and was just kind of staring up at her, holding on for dear life.

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