When Cinemax’s “Femme Fatales” first hit the breakdowns, many actors and their reps might have skimmed over it, seen the “nudity required” note, thought it was a "skinemax"-type show, and passed it by. Had they looked a little closer, they would have seen creators/executive producers Mark A. Altman (“Necessary Roughness”, “Castle”) and Steve Kriozere (“Necessary Roughness”, “NCIS”) attached, and realized this show was legit.
“Femme Fatales” is being called a female-centric film noir “Twilight Zone” and has actors like Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Fahey, and Robert LaSardo signing on for episodes. Shows with quality writing and strong fan bases like “Game of Thrones”, “Spartacus”, “Californication”, “Shameless”, “The L Word”, and "Femme Fatales" have more and more actors considering doing nudity and erotic content. Back Stage sat down to discuss this topic at Comic-Con with Altman, Kriozere, and some of the “Fatales” themselves – Tiffany Brouwer, Melissa Paulo, and Madison Dylan.
Back Stage: Can you explain to actors who are considering doing nudity what auditioning and working on your show is like?
Mark A. Altman: Anyone who’s a respectable show is going to have on their breakdown that there is nudity and what the nudity is. People who feel comfortable with it should audition. We never want to put anyone in a situation that makes him or her uncomfortable.
Steve Kriozere: Ask questions early, at the audition or even before because then there are no surprises. We are very upfront about everything.