About the Show
Hollywood Trials is the story of ten aspiring Irish actors taking a shot at the big time in the City of Dreams. In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, they are inducted into the heart of Hollywood's entertainment industry - the most cutthroat, talked about industry in the world. Here it is 'sink or swim'. Experiencing highs and lows and ultimately a test of talent, the actors live together for four weeks braving all the formidable challenges that Tinseltown has to offer. Can they make it against the best and brightest in the world?
Hollywood or Bust?
La La Land - a world where 'waitress' means 'actress' and carbs are a no-no. Here, a thousand new actors arrive every day hoping to be discovered. Add to that an eclectic group of ten Irish actors vying for attention and affirmation. The ten were selected from hundreds of hopefuls by a panel including world renowned acting and audition coach Margie Haber, award-winning director Declan Lowney (Little Britain, Fr Ted, Cold Feet) and casting director Ros Hubbard (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Lord of the Rings, The Commitments, Lara Croft).
The chosen actors are groomed for success by some of the top people in the business while studying with Hollywood legend Margie Haber. Margie has spent the last 20 years coaching rising stars and working actors in Hollywood, including Halle Berry, Vince Vaughn, Kristin Davis, Heather Locklear and many more. It was Margie who worked with Brad Pitt on the audition that got him his breakthrough part in 'Thelma and Louise'.
Crucially, the actors are given unique access to some of the most powerful movie industry players in Hollywood. However with the odds stacked against them, stamina, a hard neck and a gutsy determination to succeed are paramount. But they are about to discover that there is no fast track to success in Hollywood. For some there are triumphs and elation, while for others there is rejection, self-doubt and bitter disappointment. Hollywood Trials follows the personal and professional ups and downs of a gripping month in the turbulent world of show business.
Hollywood Trials is produced for RTÉ by Sideline in association with Red Pepper Productions