Tiffany Haddish broke out in her comedic role in 2017’s “Girls Trip” and ever since then, the parts have been rolling in. However, there are times when the actress has auditioned for roles and gotten some surprising feedback in an unexpected way.
The star was part of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “Comedy Actress Roundtable,” where she spoke with stars including Regina Hall and Maya Rudolph about her experience in the industry.
Dishing on the most frustrating feedback she’s earned after trying out for a role, Haddish disclosed the method she took for getting input from casting directors.
“I’d put my phone on voice memo and put it in my bag, I’d do the audition, walk out and leave my bag,” the star of “The Last O.G.” explains. “Then I’d come back and be like, ‘Oh, I forgot my purse.’ They would be like, ‘She is not as urban as I thought she’d be.’ Or they would be like, ‘She is so ghetto.’ ‘Her boobs aren’t big enough.’ ‘I really think we should just go with a white girl. This role should be changed to white.’
“It was like my M.O.,” Haddish added after noting she left her purse in “a lot” of rooms.
In response to the actress’ hack, many applauded her efforts.
“Suddenly I like Tiffany Haddish. I respect that.”
“That’s a great technique for sure. If only ppl were truthful upfront.”
However, others questionedthe legality of doing such a thing considering the star resides in Los Angeles and presumably auditions for many parts in the city.
“It’s also illegal under California state law & many other states. Committing a felony wiretapping crime just to see what others may think of me isn’t really worth it. Just my opinion.”
“While clever, if these auditions were in California then she just admitted to breaking the law on multiple occasions. California has a two-party consent law about audio and video recordings. It’s illegal to record someone in private without their prior consent.”
It’s not clear if Haddish continues the stealthy practice, but what is obvious is that the star has come a long way from toughing it out on the streets of Hollywood.
Just last month, the star reflected on her progress on a Instagram post. In it, she recalled being homeless while keeping the faith that she’d ultimately succeed in the end.
“I remember that night. She was homeless, hungry, scared, and hurt. I promised her if she kept faith in God and Herself, We will get to a place where we will be Housed, Over Fed, Less Hurt and Fear Free,” she said. “I am so Grateful that she Believed. I am so Happy we have come this far and excited about where we will Go.”