Matt Gottlieb Talks Career, Working on New Netflix Show 'When Heroes Fly'
Israeli-Born actor shares his experience of working in Hollywood, stumbling into a Lead Voice Over Role on a popular Netflix show, and what he learned from Shia Labeouf.
Los Angeles, CA (PRUnderground) January 11th, 2019
Matt Gottlieb just had the worst audition of his life. Well, one of them at least. Every actor in Hollywood has a horror story when it comes to auditioning and Matt is no exception. But this time there was a reason. It was his first voice-over audition for the massive Netflix hit, Fauda.
“I really didn’t know what to expect”, he recalls, “I thought I’d just go in for the experience. I was supposed to do the English dialogue for the show, but was so out of my element I ended up repeating the original Hebrew script”. He laughs as he remembers the embarrasing moment, and explains, “Some auditions are bad and make you cringe when you think of them, but some are SO bad they’re just laughable. Or so I thought.”
“Spencer (Howard, the director) and Dorit (Simone, the casting director) stopped me and asked me do it again, this time in English”, he laughs. “They were so sweet, but I left the room thinking I had no chance of getting the part.”
Little did he know, as not only did he get the part on Fauda, but also went on to book a recurring role on the new Netflix show, When Heroes Fly, 6 months later. “It was a real blessing. We recorded ‘Heroes’ in the same studio where we did Fauda. And this time around I felt much more comfortable. It’s a beautiful show”.
In addition to his voice over career, Matt is also an actor and works every Saturday at Slauson Theater Rep with none other than Shia Labeouf. He prefers not to say too much about it though. “We always say in class ‘Make it Sacred’. I think it’s better if people came in and saw for themselves what it was all about. Shia is a brilliant artist, as we all know, and you learn so much just by watching him work and interract with people.
What, for example? “Commitment”, he replies, “When he works there’s no second guessing, no self doubt. We all have insecurities as people, but as an artist he is fearless. It’s been a privilege being a part of that community”.
Season 1 of When Heroes Fly is now available on Netflix. For more information about Matt visit http://www.matt-gottlieb.com/.
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