Before all of the fame and accolades, this year's Screen Actors Guild Award nominees were just young actors trying to break into Hollywood

By Diane J. Cho
January 25, 2019 10:42 AM

Before all of the fame and accolades, this year’s Screen Actors Guild Award nominees were just young actors trying to break into Hollywood. Take a look at these old audition tapes that will either warm your heart or make you hysterically laugh in the name of nostalgia.

Emma Stone

Before Emma Stone became a household name, she auditioned for the lead in Easy A, a teen comedy that put this starlet on the map. Her audition showcases the actress’ signature self-deprecating charm, which has won over fans and critics alike. This year, Stone is nominated for two categories: outstanding performance by a female actor in a TV movie or limited series for Maniac and outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for The Favourite. Watch as Stone transforms into Olive Penderghast right before your eyes.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams is tied with Stone and Emily Blunt for the most nominations this year. The actress has been recognized in two categories: outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for Vice and outstanding performance by a female actor in a TV movie or limited series for Sharp Objects. She was also nominated back in 2006 for her role in Junebug. Based on her audition, there’s no question why she snagged the role.

Adam Driver

Fans of the hit HBO show Girls will definitely recognize this talented actor, who just scored a nomination for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role in BlacKkKlansman. Adam Driver’s breakout role as Hannah’s boyfriend Adam on Girls earned him a lot of attention, which led to the opportunity to play Flip Zimmerman in Spike Lee’s latest film. Watch as Driver and Lena Dunham (who played Hannah on the show) read for the role that set the path for Driver’s career.

Robin Wright

Robin Wright’s brilliant portrayal of Claire Underwood, the beautiful and intimidating first female president on House of Cards, earned her a nomination for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series. But many first fell in love with her as Jenny Curran in the 1994 film Forrest Gump. Watch as a young Tom Hanks and Wright light up the screen during their audition.

John Krasinski & Bob Odenkirk

Krasinski and Odenkirk are nominated in the same category: outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series. Krasinski is up for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Odenkirk for Better Call Saul. The two actors may have won over audiences with their abilities to take on dramatic characters, but back in the day, these two got their start in comedy. Skip to :22 to see Odenkirk audition for the role of The Office‘s Michael Scott (eventually played by Steve Carell), and 1:48 to see Krasinski transform into Jim Halpert for the very first time.

Rachel Brosnahan

Brosnahan has had an incredible year with her breakout role as Midge in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which got her a nomination for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series. But the role couldn’t be more opposite than the one she played in the 2013 film, A New York Heartbeat. Watch as Brosnahan captivates casting directors with her stellar audition for Tamara.

Darren Criss

Criss’ performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story earned him his outstanding performance by a male actor in a TV movie or limited series nomination, but we first fell in love with Criss as Blaine Anderson on Glee. Clearly the actor is talented, but boy can he sing. Criss’ audition for Glee will have you falling for him all over again.

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