Torchwood star Eve Myles won her latest stage role in Zach Braff’s play All New People by auditioning on Skype.
The Ystradgynlais actress, who has a two-year-old, Matilda, moved back from LA after filming the latest series of Torchwood, and said she was desperate to appear on stage again.
Eve, who started her role at the Duke of York’s theatre in the West End this week, said:
It was one of the strangest auditions of my life. My agent phoned me up very excited because I was desperate to get back to doing theatre, and I wanted to do some comedy because I’ve never done comedy.
I’ve got this wonderful script, I’m going to send it to you and they’re going to have a look at some of your stuff over the weekend. And if they like what they see then on Monday you might get a phone call and you might have you to read for them.
So I thought, right, I’m a mum. I’ve got a two-year-old daughter. I don’t have time for a long theatre engagement anymore.
Then the script was sent to me and by the second page I was reading it out loud because it was extraordinary and funny. I laughed for 40 minutes and I thought, I have to have this meeting.
Lo and behold Monday came and they were very interested in me. They arranged for me – on the Wednesday – to audition on Skype, which I’d never done before. Anybody who knows me knows that I have difficulty with a mobile phone, never mind the internet!
So I had a Skype audition with Peter DuBois, who was in New York, which lasted an hour and a half, then I had another 40-minute audition with Zach in Los Angeles.
The audition lasted nearly three hours with these two geniuses. In the meantime my babysitter had let me down so we put Alice In Wonderland on for Matilda. So I’m doing all these big scenes on Skype and my daughter is screaming, ‘Off with her head!’ in the background.
All New People is on at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre until April 28. Visit the official website for more details.