Skins actress Kaya Scodelario told to audition naked for famous film director
Kaya Scodelario said she was asked to strip naked for a "big opportunity" with a famous film director.
The star, who played Effy in Skins, said the audition didn’t seem to be based on her acting skills, as she was merely asked to go in and take off her clothes.
Best known for her starring role in the Channel 4 comedy-drama, Kaya opened up about the incident after 20 women accused Noel Clarke of sexual harassment and bullying, with one claiming he wanted her to do a naked audition.
Kaya didn’t let the director’s name slip in her social media post, but wrote: "I had an audition for a job a few years ago. It said ‘She just needs to come in. Take her clothes off and that’s all’."
The actress admitted she was "terrified" by the invitation, writing: "I was terrified. Luckily I have an agent who swiftly said there was no way that was going to happen.
"This was a big movie. A big director. A big ‘opportunity’."
She continued: "Many many young actors do not have the safety net of a caring agent to protect them.
"They will assume that it is normal for an actresses [sic] worth to be measured by the body they have. By the amount of skin they are willing to show. We have been conditioned to believe this."
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In another tweet, Kaya spoke about a time she was pitted against another actress when competing for a role.
She wrote: "Different casting, between me and another actress. Both worked very hard to impress this notoriously difficult director. Auditioned multiple times. He email our agents ‘whoever agrees to go nude first gets the job’.
"The movie had no nudity in it. He just wanted to see who’d say yes."
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Kaya summed up: "You know what’s f***ed? I’m going to wake up in the morning with anxiety about tweeting. Despite the fact that I haven’t named names. I’m still going to feel scared.
"The women who come forward openly are so brave. I am in awe of you all. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
Though she is best known for playing Effy Stonem in Skins, Kaya has also appeared in films including Maze Runner and Pirates of the Caribbean, and in 2020 had a recurring role in Netflix’s Spinning Out as Kat Baker.
Following the allegations against Viewpoint actor Noel Clarke, ITV made the decision to pull the show from its schedules, with the actor also being suspended by BAFTA.
When the claims emerged, 20 women came forward, though Clarke said in a statement that he "vehemently denies" the accusations.
He has since apologised for "past actions" and has said he is getting "professional help".
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