I used to expect people who’ve been picked on or discriminated against to be more compassionate than your average a-hole. Then, an incredibly annoying audition revealed the ignorance and prejudice of this mindset. Take my perception of Deep Roy. He’s an actor with an incredibly successful career. He’s best known for playing all of the Oompa Loompas in Tim Burton’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. At 4 feet 4 inches tall, this guy has had some extra challenges in life. He’s the descendent of a Maharajah, but in Hollywood that’s not as impressive as being a daughter of, say, Eddie Fisher. Sadly, when it came time for me to audition for him, he was a total diva. Roy was producing and acting in a pilot. The casting assistant forgot to email me the script ahead of time. So, I arrived slightly early for my audition to look it over. There were 8 pages of scenes to memorize! Luckily for me, they were completely disorganized having scheduled about 40-50 actresses at the same time. When it was finally my turn, I walked into the audition room confident and excited. I saw Deep Roy and thought; “Hey, that’s the oompa loompa. How nice.”

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