A very lengthy, detailed interview with Rene Haynes has been posted on ActorCast’s website. ActorCast handled the open online casting call for the roles of Seth and Leah in Eclipse.
Rene speaks all about how the casting process works, including how she discovers great unknown actors:
What do you look for in an actor who has no experience, and how do you identify “potential”?
I always look for something in the EYES – there’s an indefinable “it factor” that makes someone “watchable”. This is usually a perfect combination of intelligence, charisma and skill. Whether it’s looking at photos or watching taped auditions – I want to see something going on in the eyes. If there’s a spark – there’s “potential”.