the casting couch

the casting couch

A phenomenon in which prospective employees (typically females) are propositioned for sexual favors in exchange for promised employment or career advancement. The practice is most associated with the entertainment industry, and the term refers to the actual piece of furniture in a casting director's office where such encounters may occur. According to many accounts, the casting couch is alive and well in Hollywood.
See also: casting, couch

the ˈcasting couch

(informal, humorous) used to refer to a situation in which somebody, especially a woman, agrees to have sex with somebody else in order to get work in a film/movie, TV programme, etc: the Hollywood casting couch for starlets
See also: casting, couch

casting couch

n. a legendary couch found in the offices of casting directors for use in seducing young people by offering them roles. They say the director got his job on the casting couch, too.
See also: casting, couch
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The star told France24 she credits her protective parents for shielding her from the casting couch culture which has been exposed in the past year and gave rise to the Time's Up movement.
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Actress Joanna Lumley's advice to women on the casting couch
The casting couch was often discussed but it has remained hush.
The Curse of the Casting Couch in show biz has silently held sway for so long that some people doubt if it can ever be de-fanged.
When asked if the 'culture of silence' has existed in the Indian film industry as it did in the West where the casting couch and sleazy predators are an open secret she said:"I'm a living example of the fact that not everyone is a predator.
Asked if the "culture of silence" has existed in the Indian film fraternity as in the west where the casting couch and sleazy predators are an open secret, she said: "I'm a living example of the fact that not everyone is a predator.
The race to become the Arab world's next top innovator in Qatar Foundation's Stars of Science TV program stepped up a gear this week as qualifying contestants left the casting couch behind.
The people who suffer from the casting couch are the really pretty ones.
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While Bollywood has long been known for the casting couch and unwelcome sexual advances, sometimes the names it throws up can be shocking.
Serious issues like rape, sexual harassment at workplaces, child molestation and the casting couch have been addressed in Balika Vadhu, Veera, Savdhan: India Fights Back .
She said that this showed that a person can sleep with the main star, but the casting couch doesn't always pay off, the Mirror reported.
Whenever Ior gay parts something It is purely fictional, but writer Wright has interweaved some wonderful elements into the script including takes on the casting couch and focus groups, while director Nicholas Hytner merges on-stage action with film footage to great effect.
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