Few things are more amusing than celebrated stars looking back on their earlier performances and laughing about them. That’s what happened when Entertainment Weekly hit the red carpet at the 68th annual Emmy Awards on Sunday and asked what advice actors like Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner and UnREAL‘s Constance Zimmer would give to their younger selves for their first roles.
“My first ever [role] was Thrones and [my advice] would be, ‘Don’t be so bad!'” Turner said.
“The first onscreen role was a TV movie of the week, like, The Day My Parents Ran Away or something,” Zimmer recalled. As for what she wishes she could tell herself, “I would say, ‘Don’t be so insecure. You got the job, you’re here, just own it.'”
Zimmer’s UnREAL costar, Shiri Appleby, noted, “I would just say not to get involved in any of the politics and the drama that comes along with publicity.”
“Relax, relate, release,” Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson, whose first gig was on Smart Guy, advised. “Believe and commit.”
Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, and Henry Winkler also offered some sage wisdom. Watch the video above and see for yourself.
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