Title: Under the Mistletoe
Prompt: Blaine is hoping to steal a kiss from Sebastian under the mistletoe but it doesn’t go as planned.
Word Count: 690
A/N: Based on the prompt from Blainelovessebastian for my 'Seblaine Christmas Extravaganza'.
“Blaine are you sure about this?”
Blaine glanced down to Trent from his position standing on top of a chair to hang a sprig of mistletoe above the double doors into the Warblers common room.
“Of course I’am,” Blaine tried to sound confident but he knows uncertainty bleeds through his voice.
“Because you can’t really take this back,” Trent reminds him, “I’m know you like Sebastian but maybe this is too…desperate?”
Blaine doesn’t like to think himself as a desperate person. He likes to think of himself as more cool and collected. Its certainly the persona he tries to maintain to the rest of the student population at Dalton. He’s not the sort to rush into things without thinking about them first. He never speaks unless he thoughtfully considers every word. Even his clothes are neatly pressed without a winkle on them.
However his carefully maintained image was ruined by the appearance of new transfer student Sebastian Smythe.
Amy you stop it right now. God damn.
Tonight, Grant Gustin will give life to Barry Allen, best known for The Flash. The new superhero has a potential spin-off with producing and expectations are great. Arrow’s Producers are excited about Grant as Barry, they’re so well pleased with the choice of actor.
But who is behind it? Tonight, let’s talk a bit with David Rapaport, the Casting Director of too many series.. We interviewed him a while ago and we were holding this interview for this special night. After all, Grant would not have done to audition for Barry Allen, if David had not chosen him.
David told us a little about your career and also told how he met Grant, and other very interesting things. Are you ready? Come on!
1- Casting Director, so you have a key role in developing the series. For you, what is the best and worst part of your job?
I love being part of the initial process of a series. During the casting, Producers are beginning to define the feel, the tone of a series. We have an idea what were looking for, based on scripts and conversations, but the characters really develop in the room. It’s exciting to discover new talent but it’s also heartbreaking when you get behind someone and they don’t book the part. I think the hardest part though is that in Casting, we’re the first ones on a project and therefore our job is finished early on. Once the actors deals are closed our job is essentially finished. The director and producers then get to live in that world, on set, with the actors, in the editing room for weeks or months at a time. It’s sometimes hard to let go.
2- What someone need to do to be a Casting Director?
To be a good casting director, you need to have a good eye for talent and a strong opinion. You also need to understand the world you are casting. For example, someone who might be right for “Breaking Bad” may not have the right tone or aesthetic as someone we’re casting on “Arrow” or “The Tomorrow People.” You really have to be able to get inside the minds of the show runner and understand what it is they are ultimately trying to sell, the product. A good casting director will also never stop looking. It feels sometimes like we are going to run out of options, but there’s always another show, play, youtube video, magazine to look at. A great casting director can’t turn it off. We are always on the lookout for the next great talent.
3- Well, you are currently working for The CW, in The Tomorrow People and Arrow. Let’s talk about Arrow. We noticed that you are looking forward to the input of Flash for the series. Are you a Flash fan? A comic books fan?
I’m new to the comic book world. It’s exciting to be exposed to this world, these fans. The love for comics runs deep, and I can relate to that passion. Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns have these huge passions for comics and for the stories they are telling. I feed off that passion and make it my own. Their excitement inspires me to work harder, to find the right actor to match the essence of the characters they create.
4- Thus, you were who showed Grant to the producers. So, how did you meet Grant? What made you bring him to the audition?
I first saw Grant on Glee and thought, wow! This guy really pops off the screen. I brought him in to read for the role of Thea’s boyfriend in Season one of Arrow, a role we ultimately cast locally in Vancouver, where Arrow shoots. I then had the opportunity to cast Grant in a large arc on 90210, playing a similar role to the one he played on Glee. Every time I met Grant he was nothing like the villains he was playing on tv. He was charming, charismatic, and slightly goofy, exactly what we were looking for when we were casting Flash.
Grant was on our initial casting meeting list for Flash and he was the first actor who read in front of the producers for the role. There was no question that he was a contender from the start but part of the casting process is literally scouring the earth for all possible options. We didn’t leave a stone unturned so-to-speak. But in the end, we came back to Grant because he so perfectly embodied what we were looking for.
5- You as part of Arrow crew, what can you tell us about Grant? And what about Barry Allen (Grant’s character)?
I can’t say much about the character of Barry Allen, but I can tell you that Grant is an utmost professional. He’s prepared, excited, energetic and always willing to play. He came to every meeting with a wide eyed optimism and enthusiasm for the role and the audition process, which can be tedious and unrelenting.
Not only is Grant watchable, but he’s accessible to an audience which is why I think he’s a star. I’m not the only one though. His fan base is rabid and that speaks to his charm and like-ability, important factors when casting a staring role.
6- We’d like to know any curiositie about him, any funny fact. Do you remember anyone to share with us?
Grant is a DC comics fan. Specifically Superman. But I’ll let him tell you more about that.
7- David, thank you once again for give us this opportunity. To finish, Do you want to say anything to who is reading this interview?
Thanks so much for the opportunity to connect with you. I wish I had something like Twitter when I was growing up. It’s such a thrill to interact with other people in the industry as well as fans. I think Flash is going to be huge and I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of Grant in the future, so I’m happy to have this outlet to spread the word about my projects and give a little insight to the fans, and maybe some aspiring casting directors as well.
So, that’s it guys. What amazing time we spent interviewing David, he was really great, also we’re sorry about any english mistake! Wait…there’re two Flash’s caps in the picture? Ha! That’s our man. Thank you so much David, you’re a really great guy.
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