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“Euphoria” actor Lukas Gage receives praise for his handling of an unpleasant moment he endured during a Zoom audition when a director rejected the 25-year-old living space apparently did not realize he was not on silent.
Gage posted a video of the call on his Instagram with a “psa” in the caption “make sure to turn off the microphone on microphones,” he wrote after calling the unidentified director.
“These poor people live in these small apartments,” the director can be heard saying before commenting on what’s visible on Gage’s apartment on the screen.
“You’re not turned off,” Gage replies before adding a quip that he knows it’s not the best apartment. Therefore, the director must give him the job.
The director, who claimed to be “mortified,” replied, “Oh my God, it’s me, so sorry.”
“Listen, I live in a four-by-four box, that’s fine, just give me the job and we’ll be fine,” Gage said before the clip ended.
Support flooded into Instagram for the way Gage handled the incident.
“On behalf of the person that person was, I’m sorry, that’s unacceptable. You handled it with total grace,” commented Cynthia Erivo.
Joe Jonas added that Gage handled the incident like a “master”.
And January Jones also commented, calling his response “classic.” And added her own remark about what she thought of the director. “Dm me who it was so I can take note of never working with that person.”
Molly Shannon said he handled the situation well and added his thoughts on the director’s comments. “what a lousy thing of him to say. and here you put yourself out there for your audition. vulnerable. want to get the part etc …”
And the Hollywood community also called in on Twitter.
Zelda Williams, actress and daughter of the late Robin Williams, rebroadcast Gage’s video on Twitter, urging other directors to hire the “quick-thinking girlfriend” she added is “a pleasure to work with, fun, talented and a blast on set. “
Director Judd Apatow also tweeted the video, complimenting Gage’s living space. “As a young man, I would have dreamed of an apartment like this. Look at the cute flat screen! The guitar! The lists!”
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