Actor’s Survival Guide: 20 Stars Who Lied On Their Resume

Sure, we all know that lying on your resume is frowned upon, but who hasn’t exaggerated their skills or working experience at least a teenie tiny bit? Let’s face it, we’ve all done this, at least to a certain extent, but guess what? It happens to be that even the most popular Hollywood stars have done the same! While some have simply overstressed their skills, others directly made up gigs and references. So are you interested in finding out the most common lies in Hollywood? Then don’t miss our list of the top 20 actors who bluffed on their resume!

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#20. Chris Hemsworth Always Lies About His Height

Famous for his role as Thor in the Marvel franchise, Chris Hemsworth is one of today’s greatest Hollywood icons. Not only is he gorgeous, but he’s also extremely tall, measuring 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm). In fact, he’s so tall that sometimes he can’t even audition for those roles he would like to.

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Because of this, Hemsworth has lied about his height many times. But hey, he can’t complain, his height certainly helped him land the role of Thor!

There are certainly things I’ve wanted to go up for which I’ve been totally wrong for, physically. And I normally lie about my height [6ft 3in] and say I’m shorter. But it can go two ways. The brief for the audition for Thor said: must be over 6ft 1in, which I’d never seen before!“, the actor told Radio Times.

#19. Rachel McAdams Said She Loved Horses

Even though Rachel McAdams is a very talented actress (her Academy Award nomination for her role in Spotlight proves my point), she once lied on her resume for a role. Well, it was a small lie, to be fair. She didn’t actually say she knew how to ride a horse, but simply that she loved them.

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However, this was far from the truth, as not only do horses terrify her, but she’s allergic to them as well. During the shooting of To the Wonder, she came out in a rash and her eyes got itchy after shooting a few scenes surrounded by horses.

#18. Nicholas Cage Lied About His Age

As you’re about to see, lying about one’s age is a common occurrence in the Hollywood world. As regards Nicholas Cage, he once pretended to be older in order to land a role in the comedy film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

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Since the film involved a few explicit scenes, the casting directors wanted all the actors to be 18 or older. But it turns out that Cage really wanted to play Brad, so he said he was 18 despite being one year younger. Even though the casting directors found out, they gave him the part.

#17. Sandra Bullock Pretended To Be Older

Another Academy Award-winning star that pretended to be older was Sandra Bullock. Unlike Nicholas Cage, Bullock wasn’t underaged, but the role she longed for was that of a 30-year old woman. Therefore, she said she was 29, while in reality, she was in her mid-20s by that time.

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The role she wanted was that of Diane Farrow in the famous rom-com Love Portion No. 9, and guess what? She got the part! However, this wasn’t the only time she lied about her age, as she once pretended to be a few years younger.

“After a while, you have no idea how old you are because you’ve lied so many times. I always said I would never lie, but one time, when I didn’t it worked against me. So I figure you just keep them guessing“, the actress said.

#16. Mila Kunis Also Lied About Her Age

Pretending to be 18 despite being underaged is the classic Hollywood fib. Actress Mila Kunis did this exact same thing in order to land a role in That 70s Show, even though she was only 14 at the time.

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In one of the scenes, Kunis had to kiss Ashton Kutcher in the mouth, and the actor once confessed that shooting that scene was absolutely awkward because of their 6-year gap.

Legally I was 14, but I told them I was a little bit older…I told them I was gonna be 18, which is not technically a lie, cause at one point…I was gonna be 18“, Kunis joked.

#15. Eddie Redmayne Lied About His Horse Riding Abilities

Unlike McAdams, Eddie Redmayne did say he knew how to ride a horse, but his move definitely backfired. It’s hard to imagine that the now Academy Award-winning actor once had to lie to land a role, right?

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Redmayne claimed to be a decent horseback rider when auditioning for the period drama film Elizabeth IObviously, the entire crew found out when he had to sit on a horse in a forest.

They called action and I basically went ferociously down at 100 miles an hour. I almost killed myself, almost killed half of the crew. Tom Hooper comes from behind Helen Mirren with a huge loud speaker and goes, ‘You’re a f***ing liar, Redmayne“, he told Radio Times.

#14. Carla Gugino Pretended To Be A Young Teen

Most teens who lie about their age pretend to be older, but in the case of Carla Gugino, it was the other way around. When she auditioned for the role of Chica in the comedy film Troop Beverly Hills, she said she was 14 while she was actually 16.

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But Gugino is as sly as a fox, as she told the casting directors she was two years older when she already knew they couldn’t fire her.

I told the director like three weeks in, once I knew I couldn’t get fired, because we’d shot enough. I was like, ‘Just so you know, I’m 16.’ I thought for sure he was going to be like, ‘No big deal!’ But he was like, ‘Gasp! I never would have hired you if I knew you were 16“, she told Canyon News.

#13. Rebel Wilson Also Pretended To Be Older

When Gugino confessed she had lied about her age to the director, she pretty much went away with it. However, when Australian actress Rebel Wilson did the same, her lie triggered a major scandal.

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When she auditioned for the role of a college student for the comedy film Pitch Perfect, she said she was 29 while she was actually in her mid-30s. To be honest, the fact that she was older wasn’t too relevant for the role. However, a local tabloid published her real age and accused her of lying, which resulted in Wilson suing them. The actress won the case as well as nearly $3.5 million.

#12. George Clooney Lied About His Acting Credits

Hollywood legend George Clooney really struggled to take his first steps in the acting world. He had a really hard time landing a role, as it’s always difficult to be taken seriously unless you’re a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

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Therefore, Clooney chose to embellish his work experience and said he had starred in the 1982 drama film Cat People when in reality he had no acting experience whatsoever. However, luck wasn’t on his side, as it turns out the casting director had worked on that very same film!

She was like, ‘You were in that?’ I was, like, yep, and she goes, ‘Because I cast that.’ I finally just said, ‘I can’t get in the SAG. Help me!’ She helped me get a job on a film called The Predator. The movie never came out. But I got my SAG card“, the actor confessed.

#11. Robert Pattinson Said He Went To Oxford

When Twilight star auditioned for the role of Cedric Diggory in the 4th installment of the Harry Potter franchise, he embellished his resume by saying he had gone to Oxford University. He’s lucky they didn’t ask for supporting documentation!

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I’d been unemployed for ages, and when I came to Los Angeles all the casting directors would ask what I’d been doing for the past few years. I’d say, ‘Oh, I was at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)’ – if you’ve got an English accent you can get away with it. I’d say I went to Oxford, too. I did it for years”, he told Girlfriend.

#10. Whoopi Goldberg Lied About Her Age

Whoopi Goldberg is one of the most successful actresses out there. With one Academy Award, 2 Golden Globes, and 57 awards overall, it’s hard to imagine that she once had to lie in order to land a role.

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Goldberg took her first steps in the film industry in 1975 when she was just 20 years old, but back then she looked much younger.

I lied about my age for a long time because nobody would hire me to act. Everyone said I was too young. So, when I was twenty, I put six years on my life.¿“, the actress told Amazing African-American Actors.

#9. Aidan Turner Said He Knew How To Ride A Horse

Just like Eddie Redmayne, the Hobbit star Aidan Turner liked about his skills. It seems he took Joey Tribbiani’s advice too seriously, as he made up he was a talented horseback rider. Come on Aidan, they were bound to find out eventually!

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But unlike the previous cases, he never actually put this in his resume, but instead, he said it on his live audition for the British series Poldark. Executive producer Karen Thrussell soon found out he had lied, so they sent him to Yorkshire to attend intensive horse riding lessons.

#8. Anne Hathaway Also Said She Could Ride A Horse

What is it with Hollywood actors that they love to lie about their horse-riding skills? I mean, is it really that much relevant? Anne Hathaway told Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee that she knew how to ride a horse when she auditioned for the role of Lureen.

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But Anne is no fool, so after her witty fib, she went on to learn how to horse-back ride in just two weeks.

When I left the audition, the last thing Ang said was, ‘Oh, by the way, can you ride a horse?’ My parents have given me a lot of gifts in my life, and one of them is: If you’re ever asked if you can do anything, say yes. You can learn anything in two weeks if you’re motivated enough. So I’d never been on a horse, and I replied, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a really good rider.’ So I knew I had to learn to ride, and I got really, really, really good“, she told Cinema Blend.

#7. Laurence Fishburne Pretended To Be 14

Laurence Fishburne landed his first role in the 1979 war-drama film Apocalypse Now. However, he fibbed his way into the role, as he told the casting director he was 16 when actually he was only 14.

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During an interview, Fishburne once said “I think they knew. I don’t think I was fooling anybody“. But do you know what the funny part is? Since the film included some pretty violent scenes, the casting directors wanted the actors to be at least 18, not 16! Well, to be fair, the movie took such a long time to be completed, that by the time it hit the theaters, Fishburne was already 17 years old. Almost there!

#6. Liam Hemsworth Said He Could Play Volleyball

Chris isn’t the only Hemsworth who embellished his special skills. His brother, Liam Hemsworth, said he was a talented volleyball player when auditioning for the 2010 film The Last Song, but it happens to be the sport was way harder than what he’d ever imagined!

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Hemsworth had always been a sports fan – in fact, he’s a very talented surfer! – so he said to himself, “How hard can it be?“. Well, he was in for a big surprise, so much so that he asked for a body double for some of the scenes.

And, I turned up for the first day of volleyball practice and I was honestly really scared to shoot the volleyball part because it takes a lot of skills to play that game and I didn’t have them, at all. I said to Julie Ann, “I think we’re going to need a double,” but it’s hard to find someone as big as me“, he admitted.

#5. Mark Ruffalo Also Lied About His Horse Riding Skills

Yup, another horse-back liar. Just like Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo told director Ang Lee that he knew how to ride a horse, not for Brokeback Mountain, but for Ride with the Devil. Why do all of Lee’s movies involve horses?

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But unlike Hathaway, Ruffalo didn’t have enough time to learn.

I told him I could ride a horse. I didn’t lie to him directly, but it basically got to him. I had like two days. There was no learning how to ride a horse in two days. It was like a Sunday. No horse places are open. I showed up there, and I was like, “I can ride a horse. […] It sucked. I’m not sure he’s ever really forgiven me for that, by the way. Otherwise, I would’ve been the Hulk a lot earlier“, he told Paste Magazine.

#4. Chloe Grace Moretz Said She Was British

You gotta be brave to pull a lie in Martin Scorcese’s face, right? Well, young and promising American actress Chloe Grace Moretz said she was British in order to land a role in the historical drama Hugo.

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Allegedly, Moretz managed to fool Scorcese and the casting directors, who found out her true nationality when it was too late to fire her.

He flew Asa and I out to New York to audition in front of him and I spoke in a British accent the whole time. I’d lived in London for five months when I was filming Kick-Ass, so I knew the rhythm of the accent, which is one of the main things you have to pick up“, she told Mirror.

#3. Laura Fraser Said She Spoke German

Apparently, horse-back riding isn’t the only skill that can help you land roles in Hollywood. When Laura Fraser auditioned for the famous TV show Breaking Bad, she said she could speak German.

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To be fair, she did know quite a few words, as she had learned a bit of the language back in her high school years. However, she hadn’t practiced it for like a decade.

Then I got an email, “Do you speak German?” I was like, “Absolutely, I speak some German. I’ve done it in school, like I learned, “Ich heisse Laura.” Basic German. But then I thought, “Oh no, what’s coming?” It was corporate-speak German and it was a nightmare – it took me days to learn a little paragraph“, she told Daily Mail.

#2. Daniel Craig Pretended To Be A Skilled Horseman

Daniel Craig became the sixth actor to play James Bond, but did you know he almost didn’t get the part? Just like half of Hollywood, he pretended to be a skilled horseback rider. But not only did he lie to get the lead role in James Bond, but he also did it dozens of other times!

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The horse movies I had done before had so little money that I didn’t have the chance to practice. I would just turn up to shoot and get on a horse pretending to know what I was doing – sometimes just to get the part“, he told Film News.

To be fair, after playing the secret agent, he did become a skilled horseman, so great news for him, he won’t have to lie any longer! However, he’s not the only actor who lied to play James Bond!

#1. George Lazenby Said He Had Acted Before

Just like Daniel Craig, George Lazenby came up with a lie in order to be cast for the role of the secret agent in the 1969 mystery film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. However, his was a big little lie.

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To begin with, he claimed he had acting experience when actually he had never acted in his life. Also, he said he was Australian, when really he was British. However, he somehow managed to fool the casting directors.

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