Most actors will readily admit it takes a good ‘hustle’ to make it in show business.
And Oscar-winner Rami Malek not only confirmed as much, he also shared one of the ways he used to hustle as a means of landing his next acting job, or at the very least, an audition.
During an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Thursday night, alongside No Time To Die co-star Daniel Craig, Malek revealed he used to put his photo headshot, which is a standard for actors, in food orders when he worked as a pizza delivery man.
Revelation: Rami Malek, 40, revealed he used to slip photo headshots into pizza orders when he worked as a delivery man before he became famous in Hollywood
‘Every job I had was, like, to deliver pizzas, and I’d stick my headshot into the pizza box,’ the Los Angeles native shared.
When Craig asked him if he ever got a response from anyone from his pizza delivery man days, Malek shared: ‘I got an audition. I don’t think I got a callback. I think it was for, like, an M&M’s commercial. But I was just like, “Yeah, do it. I mean, what do you have to lose?”‘ he said of his efforts.
He went on to reveal that it was especially important to drop in a headshot to celebrity customers like George Clooney and Andy Garcia.
Malek explained that actors need a hustle to make it in Hollywood during an appearance with No Time To Die co-star Daniel Craig on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Thursday
Knowing your customers: The Los Angeles native revealed that it was especially important to drop in a headshot to celebrity customers like George Clooney and Andy Garcia
Acting standard: The host gave the audience and viewers a look at Malek’s actual headshot that he thought was from his late teens or early 20s
When asked by the host if he would say anything to the people he gave headshots too while on deliveries, the Bohemian Rhapsody star responded, ‘I tried to get out of there as quickly as possible.’
After Corden showed Malek’s old actual headshot, from his late teens or early 20s, the actor explained that he bought his headshots in bulk ‘so they would be cheaper, adding, ‘So I bought, like, 500 of them of which I still have probably have 420.’
He continued, ‘I slipped them in every manila envelope, sent them to all my agents….Nobody called back for a year. Then I got one callback,’ he said, revealing it led to a call back from a casting director.
‘I submitted myself for a casting and the casting director called me back. She said, “Can I speak to Rami Malek’s agent?” I said, “Speaking.” She goes, “What company is this?” I go, “Well…” She goes, “Is this Rami Malek?” I go, “Yeah.” She starts laughing. She goes, “Do you have a SAG card, honey?” I said, “No, but we can work on that,”‘ he admitted.
His hustle: The Bohemian Rhapsody star confessed he bought headshots in bulk and that he would send them to agents, which resulted in him getting a call from a casting director
Mission accomplished: The casting director that got one of his headshots ended up getting Malek in to an audition, which led to the acting booking his first ever television job
Feeling he had nothing to lose, Malek pushed to get a meeting or audition, and it turns out his hustle actually worked because he ended up landing his first ever role on television.
‘I just said, “You know, I’m 15 minutes away from Warner Bros. Bring me in, and let’s see how it goes.” And I was just very presumptuous. She brought me in that day, got the call back and that was it. Got the gig—next day.’
Malek then revealed that the gig was for a guest spot on an episode of the hit comedy-drama show, Gilmore Girls, which aired in 2004.
The two actors appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden to promote No Time To Die, which is the fifth and final time Craig will play the iconic James Bond character.
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