Acting : Acting: Oscar-winning actress learns (too late) how Hollywood works, what she did wrong by LindaAnn Loschiavo

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Acting: Oscar-winning actress learns (too late) how Hollywood works, what she did wrong

Noting that an Oscar win will lead to "more respect, choices, $$" in the business, Mo 'Nique notes, "Lee Daniels said to me, 'Mo 'Nique, you've been blackballed.' I said, 'Why?' And he said, 'Because you didn't play the game.'" http://www.eonline.com/news/626853/mo-nique-says-roles-in-empire-and-the...

Mo'Nique Says Roles in Empire and The Butler ''Just Went Away'': Lee Daniels Told Me I've Been ''Blackballed'' - E! Online
Mo'Nique Says Roles in Empire and The Butler ''Just Went Away'': Lee Daniels Told Me I've Been ''Blackballed'' - E! Online
Kevin Winter/Getty Images Mo'Nique claims that she now knows why the offers didn't start flooding in after her big Oscar win in 2010. The former star of The Parkers, who won the Academy Award for Best…
Amanda Toney

Wow - so incredibly interesting. Thank you for sharing LindaAnn

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Shannon, thanks for reading it. Some may remember about Marisa Tomei, who won an Oscar for "My Cousin Vinny" (1992), becoming such a thorn that she hampered her success. Hollywood is a small town built on relationships, goodwill, favors, and paybacks. Talented cast members who know how to be "a team player" get a reputation for being good to work with. The reverse is also true.

Shawn Speake

It's not 'just' Hollywood. Being likable is one of the most crucial elements for success in any business… People skills 101 in the office!

Owen Mowatt

NOOOOOO!!!! PLEASE don't tell me Marisa Tomei is a diva. This is the woman who`s bath water I would drink! I wont hear of it, take that back immediately LindaAnn. Use Mickey Rouke as a better example, you leave poor Marisa alone.

Shawn Speake

That tripped me out too, Owen! Not Marisa!

Owen Mowatt

Are they really trying to tell us that THIS face causes trouble Shawn??? http://www.celebritypicnic.com/marisa-tomei/images# She`s an angel

Shawn Speake

Lol! Say it ain't so! But she could still get it! Lol!

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Marisa Tomei (and her parents) live near me. I worked with her on an event in 1997. Let's just say that, when Marisa was getting all the bad publicity in the early 1990s, she was lucky those were the days before the Internet, social media, and Twitter. Shhh. Bill Murray also burnt a lot of bridges. Sofia Coppola needed a down-and-out actor who would work for scale when she did "Lost in Translation." That revived his career.

Owen Mowatt

Now, Murray I can understand. He just seems happier ad libbing and improvising his lines; that can be really annoying. Everyone knows about Roberts and Kilmer, but my angel?

Stephan Roux

Burning bridges is soooo easy in this biz. It's hard to keep your mouth "in check". One bad choice can land you without work.

Mary Dallas

That's one aspect of this business that I will never understand. If you're fortunate enough to be able to make a living as an actor, you cherish every moment & you thank your lucky stars every minute of every day. I will always be humble, grounded, respectful, & most importantly....grateful.

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Mary, as a playwright, I work with actors/ actresses up close; so do my dramatist pals (who have backstage tales). Problem: even if an actress starts out being normal, there is a lot of rejection and forced sexual situations/ sexual demands if she tries to get into the big league. I can imagine that might change a person.

Mary Dallas

Change, yes, but before I let circumstances change me in a negative way, I will leave the biz. I would love to hear some of those backstage tales, though! ;-)

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Years ago, we threw a big party for Rob Marshall, a theatre director who also won an Oscar for "Chicago." Some day I'll tell my story about working with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger. :-D

Mary Dallas

Don't forget about me when that day comes! =D

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Mary, I won't forget you!!! :-D

Mary Dallas

Lol! I hope that's a good thing! ;-)

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Well, Neto nailed it all right!!

Mary Dallas

Wow. That's a little depressing! I don't think too many 'mavericks' are interested in sleeping with an old broad like me! Maybe they'll view me as a mother figure? Lol ;-)

LindaAnn Loschiavo

@ Mary - good acting & good spirits win jobs. My actress friend Corina Rios is mature and not slim. But last year she was a regular in "Orange Is the New Black." She also made a TV commercial for a diabetes drug. Her SAG earnings in 2014 enabled her to take her husband for a 6-wk trip around the world (that included stops in China, New Zealand, NSW). Corina is terrific and talented -- in no need of groveling. :-D

Mary Dallas

I have great spirits & I pride myself in my acting abilities. I was just having fun. One thing is for sure, I never compare my career with any one else's. It's been a blast so far! =)

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Mary, that's so great. For all the other actresses on Stage32, let this post stand as a "talent has no borders' reminder. :-D

Mary Dallas

Sounds good to me, LindaAnn. Love your name ;-)

Gail Silver

I feel I've truly evolved when I avoid the "friends" who don't treat me well (of course, I need to treat them with kindness, too). Whether they're now famous or not, if they don't behave like menschen, I don't need them. My life is much better now and I'm grateful for that! I tell my friends I need reciprocity in my relationships. If they don't get it, it's over (I'm smiling now -- I'm so proud of myself that I won't take s--t in my personal or work environment any more)! Life is too short to be miserable! xoxo

Gary Tucker

Thank you so much for your insight LindaAnn! I love hearing stories like this, showing that you are THERE, inside the industry, you know? I love Corina Rios too, she is so believable!

LindaAnn Loschiavo

Corina Rios is a talented and bi-lingual actress -- -- and she has a talent for friendship, too. Lovely human being!

Kyle Hester

Having just been an actor and producer on The Chair, I can tell you that it was a very interesting place to be. Dealing with reps, actors, EPs ect. Personaliy can make you or break you. Talent aside, I know that it is easier to be on a set that the people are easy to work with and good to be around. Just as in life.... be a good person..... kick ass..... dont give up.

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