A filmmaker who describes herself as “really single”, recorded her attempts to find a boyfriend by pretending to cast for an acting role.
Is this for acting?
The audition started unlike conventional acting auditions from the very start. Jessie Kahnweiler asked applicants strange questions such as, “What’s your relationship with your mother like?” and “Do you have a history of male pattern baldness in your family?” The unsuspecting men answered the questions and Kahnweiler recorded everything.
Lines from a romantic movie
According to Kahnweiler, the most romantic movie of all time is The Notebook. In the interviews she conducted, scenes from The Notebook were re-enacted to gauge romanticism.
Some of the guys shown in the video were dull and boring, while others really took on the part with the intensity Kahnweiler was hoping for. One applicant had such an effect on her that she jumped into his arms after his lines were read!
What women want to hear
But perhaps the strangest part of the audition was when Kahnweiler says lines she wants to hear from the guy in her life. The applicants had to repeat the lines so that she could gauge whether she liked to hear her subjects say them or not. Some of the lines included, “Want to go hold hands outside in the rain in front of your ex boyfriend’s house,” and “Please tell me all about your feelings and how you feel about your feelings.”
The choice is made
Finally, at the end, Kahnweiler had the unfavourable task of telling failed applicants that they didn’t “get the part”. But one applicant so impressed Kahnweiler, that she did give him the part. He, still thinking that it was for an acting job, was then asked by her if he wants to get married; to which he replied, “I’m getting married in August.”
So for Jessie Kahnweiler, the search continues.
– Copley Sutton