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Denzel Washington made his actress daughter audition for him


Denzel Washington once made his daughter, a wannabe actress, "audition" for him to see if she had what it takes to make it in Hollywood.

Washington ordered his daughter, Olivia, to act out two dramatic pieces for him, and admits he would have discouraged her from pursuing her dreams if she lacked talent.

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He tells Britain's Seven magazine, "In her senior year at high school, she was working on her audition, and LaTanya Richardson, who is Sam Jackson's wife and a brilliant actress in her own right, was working with her, and I said, 'All right, Olivia, I want to see your two pieces.' She went all dramatic and said, 'Oh dad!' And I said, 'Come on now. Nobody's going to be tougher than me. I'm going to tell you the truth because I'd rather you'd be a little hurt if you don't have what it takes than have a lifetime of pain.'

"She did the two pieces, and right away I said 'do them again.' She did them again, and I said, 'OK. Here's the bad news: This is one of the toughest professions you're ever going to try to do. But you are very good and you have what it takes.' I would never have said that if I hadn't meant it. I put on my director's hat and watched a young actor audition. And she was good."

The 21-year-old is now studying the craft at New York University, and recently landed a small part in her first film.

Jan 15, 2013 2:08PM
Good parenting, but why is this news?
Jan 15, 2013 2:44PM
No father could have done better...especially in this 'crazy, heart breaking ' and loving move Denzel.
Jan 15, 2013 3:40PM
Great advice from a real actor and a genuine father! He's own credibility speaks for itself!!!! well done Mr. Washington! well done......
Jan 15, 2013 2:55PM

If you can't support your family then who? Smart move I would not want my child to get out there and get kicked around because of a lack of talent.

Jan 15, 2013 4:48PM
Great father, great actor and great director. He did the right thing.
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