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That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Aug 18, 2020

Over the course of his 35 year career, Chris Diamantopoulos has built an expansive body of work in the entertainment industry from Broadway theater, to voice acting, to television and film work. Inspired in his early years by Moe of The Three Stooges, Chris knew he wanted to be an actor from the age of 9.

Today, we sit down with Chris as he reveals how his transformative voice skills lead him to the Broadway stage in his twenties, and onward to Los Angeles where he landed roles in some of comedy’s biggest cartoon series. His credits include roles on Family Guy, American Dad!, The Office, 24, Arrested Development and the beloved character of Russ Hanneman on HBO’s Silicon Valley. Chris admits that he often found himself doing the things we as actors are told you’re not supposed to do in the audition room, but reveals how doing so often landed him the job by making bold and clear choices, even when productions already had someone else in mind for the part.

He shares with us the valuable lessons he’s learned over the years about hoping to be discovered and the realization that ultimately in the end, you gotta have some fun.

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