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Alec Baldwin recently told the Los Angeles Times that “you will almost never see an unchaperoned casting session again. Everybody’s going to want to have somebody in the room with them to make sure nothing questionable is going to happen.” Sarah-May Levy, casting director, producer and CEO of Sayven Entertainment & Big Apple Casting, says she’s always had an assistant in the room with her — for her own safety.
“I always hire a casting assistant to be in the casting room with me, not only to help me with the work but also to be a witness in case something happens,” she told The Wrap.
Jessica Teich told the 'New York Magazine' that the actor made continual, overt and lewd comments and invitations after they met at a theater where she worked and Dreyfuss appeared.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment by more than 80 women and his alleged predatory behavior over decades in Hollywood has been documented in detail, including the latest story in the Recent allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted and harassed women for years have come to light, ushering in a cataclysmic career downfall for him and many more.
Self-taping is becoming more and more prevalent, but it has its drawbacks, too: It can keep creators from making human connections.
“Many of the success stories in casting come from that in-person pre-read,” Lessall said.
“Yes, some actors do flirt aggressively with casting directors….
I am very aware that some production people use their status, but let me tell you that some actresses use their charm too.” Lessall offered another advantage of witnesses being present.
The question is whether the industry will walk the walk as it promises an end to harassment and abuse.