Final week, Euphoria star Lukas Gage went viral after he shared a video of a brilliant awkward Zoom audition.

Through the audition, the director he was auditioning for had forgotten to mute himself and was heard bad-mouthing Lukas and his condominium.


“These poor individuals stay in these tiny residences,” the unnamed director stated in a mocking tone. “Like, I am taking a look at his background, and he is acquired his TV…”


Lukas dealt with it completely, chopping off the director by saying, “Yeah, it is a shitty condominium. Give me this job so I can get a greater one.”

After the clip made headlines, everybody was itching to know who the impolite director was. Nonetheless, Lukas didn’t disclose.

However, this week the director offered a letter of apology to Deadline and revealed who they’re: Tristram Shapeero, director of beloved reveals like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Brooklyn 9-9 and Neighborhood, amongst others.


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“You most likely don’t know who I’m, however you’re probably conversant in my story,” Tristram stated within the letter. “An actor, Lukas Gage, posted a clip on social media taken from a Zoom casting he and I had been part of again in August. Throughout it, an unmuted director makes reference to tiny residences and ‘these poor individuals,’ referring to actors.”


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“Regardless of what might be sensible recommendation: to say the least potential and let this go, I’ve determined to come back ahead, take accountability, make the apology Mr. Gage deserves, and supply some background for my unacceptable and insensitive remarks,” he continued.


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“I’m Tristram Shapeero, a 20-year veteran tv director, half within the UK, and the second half right here within the US.”


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“Firstly, I supply Mr. Gage a honest and unvarnished apology for my offensive phrases, my unprofessional habits throughout the audition and for not giving him the main focus and a focus he deserved. My job is to guage performers towards the half I’m attempting to forged. Lukas deserved higher.”

“This Zoom audition occurred in August, after 4 months of lockdown. Plenty of my coworkers have been additionally on the auditions which occurred over a number of days. It was emotional to see actors work so onerous to win the few components out there and we have been deeply moved by the eagerness of those younger individuals underneath the extraordinary circumstances.”

“I used to be utilizing the phrase ‘poor’ within the sense of deserving sympathy, versus any financial judgment. My phrases have been being spoken from a real place of appreciation for what the actors have been having to endure, caught in confined areas, discovering it inside themselves to offer a role-winning efficiency underneath these circumstances.”

“As I say on the video, I’m mortified about what occurred. Whereas I can’t put the proverbial toothpaste again within the tube, I transfer ahead from this incident a extra empathetic man, a extra centered director and I promise, a good higher companion to actors from the audition course of to the ultimate lower.”


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Glad to see Tristram take accountability and apologize. You may learn his full assertion right here.