Gavin and Stacey Star Joanna Page was told ‘she wasn’t pretty enough’ and ‘to change her accent’ during auditions

Gemma Thomas
Gemma Thomas
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Joanna Page, the talented actress known for her role in Gavin and Stacey, recently shared her experiences of facing and overcoming industry challenges. In an appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, she revealed the hurdles she encountered during auditions and her journey to secure roles in the competitive acting world.

Navigating the Audition Process: Struggles and Triumphs

Joanna Page, a renowned actress with an impressive career, shed light on the often-overlooked struggles actors face behind the scenes. The 46-year-old star candidly discussed a pivotal audition experience showcasing the entertainment industry’s realities.

Joanna spoke openly on Loose Women about her personal rejections and challenges of working in the TV industry

Facing Critique and Transformation

During a crucial audition, Joanna faced unexpected critiques beyond her acting abilities. She said, “I had an audition and I’d been back about nine times and it was going really well.” However, she was confronted with an unconventional request: “Could you please tell her that we just don’t think she’s pretty enough before the next callback? And to go to the department store, get them to do her makeup and everything, and then come to the audition.”

Joanna’s willingness to adapt and her dedication to her craft led her to undertake the suggested transformation. This included a makeover and refining her appearance to align with the expectations of the role she audited for.

Joanna Page playing Stacey in the much loved series Gavin and Stacey

The journey to securing the role did not end with a makeover. Joanna shared, “I went back and that still wasn’t good enough and then they said ‘We’re worried about her accent, can she then go and have coaching?'” Undeterred, she embraced the opportunity for improvement, undergoing accent coaching to enhance her skills.

“And then I had the coaching and then I got the part,” says Joanna. She didn’t say what the role was that she was auditioning for at the time, but said how she struggled with rejection of the industry.

The actress concluded: “The worse thing is not finding out that you haven’t got the job until actually, you’re seeing it on the TV and then you go, ‘Oh gosh, this is why I didn’t get the part’.”

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