Thursday, February 25, 2021

Today's Blind Items - Casting Call

For some reason, I don't think I have ever told this story. I know it is a story this actress doesn't like being attributed to her. She isn't really to blame, but thinks she is. She is an actress that was cast as the original in a role that all of you know. Everything about her casting was amazing and positive. Granted, even though she was young, she was an industry regular by that time and had powerful friends to protect her. She was too young to realize what often went on behind the scenes. When it came time for there to be a touring version of her role, parents would often come to her and ask her what her experience was like or they would ask her parents. They always said everything was great. This production had roles for lots of young girls. Everything was fine during rehearsals, but when that thing hit the road, the chaperones would disappear after the show each evening, and there was not a girl or a night that went by that wasn't sexually assaulted every single night of that first tour. It was horrific. When the girls began dropping off the tour, and our actress discovered why, she was crushed. For years, she blamed herself for their assaults.

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