Jena Malone may have ruffled feathers with her unique audition style. In an interview with Vulture, she recalled her off-kilter experience reading the part of fiery Johanna Mason with director Francis Lawrence for Catching Fire. According to Malone, she showed up for the audition stark raving mad.
“Anger’s not something you can fake. It’s something that channels through you, out of nowhere. It’s a hard thing to control,” Malone said. “I don’t know what happened, but the morning I woke up, everything started pissing me off. My alarm didn’t go off right; someone called me at five in the morning. I got out of bed on the wrong side of the bed. And I was like, Whoa, whoa, whoa, what’s happening? And I was like, Oh, wait. She’s totally taking over … By the time I was in there, I was seething; I was frothing at the mouth. I don’t even think I said hello to Francis. I just walked in and said, ‘Tell me when you want me to start.'”
That bold approach obviously worked, but other Hollywood casting directors might not appreciate such aggression.