Are actors less likely to land a role on Broadway if they don't have

greengirl11
Chorus Member
joined:8/6/12
I've always noticed that the majority of Broadway performers (West End is a different story) have seemingly perfect teeth.

Is this kind of like a prerequisite to getting a part?
DEClarke
Broadway Legend
joined:11/22/06
It probably has more to do with the American aesthetic of idealized beauty. Casting directors are convinced that Americans are only willing to accept those who look a certain way for a majority of roles. Perfect teeth and teeth that have been corrected by braces is one of those traits looked for to determine idealized attractiveness.
Kelly2
Broadway Legend
joined:1/5/07
As an actress, part of the product that you're selling is the way you look. Most people do want to hire someone who takes care of themselves. That usually includes dentistry.
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qolbinau
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/08
Well getting braces is a step above "taking care of yourself". I mean obviously someone can take care of their teeth but still have bad looking teeth.
Kelly2
Broadway Legend
joined:1/5/07
...Right. And actors have to take care of themselves and their appearance a step above what your average person would.

That being said, I can think of quite a few people with solid careers with less than perfect teeth, so clearly it's not a deal breaker.
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ReggieonBway
Broadway Star
joined:1/29/11
It's not a case of 'perfect teeth'. Perfect teeth are for perfect gorgeous ingenues. What matters is talent and a **** ton of hard work :) Although, of course you should take care of your teeth so there aren't distracting imperfections (large gaps, missing teeth, etc.).
FindingNamo
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I saw an Audrey 2 one time... yeesh!
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Patash
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/08
Yes, perfect teeth on Broadway are very important. That's why there are so few British performers making the transition to Broadway.
BrodyFosse123
Broadway Legend
joined:2/27/06
Perfectly white and gorgeously straight teeth does NOT guarantee a role (let alone a career) on Broadway. If the role requires it, special teeth will be accommodated for you, same as if the role requires horrible teeth. Pageant toddlers are not the only ones who use 'flippers'.

'Flippers' are used by many, not just in the entertainment industry. Less expensive than having ALL your teeth bleached, corrected, etc. Many people refuse to get their teeth fixed or even having veneers put in as one looses sensation and taste once you alter your real teeth and the enamel on them, etc.


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Phyllis Rogers Stone
Broadway Legend
joined:9/16/07
Who is a recent Brit on Broadway with bad teeth?
CarlosAlberto
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/10
Angela Lansbury











just kidding...
GavestonPS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/10/12
Am I the only one who thinks teeth-whitening has gone so far it's become distracting? This is less of a problem on stage than on film or video, but I swear some actors have teeth that glow in the dark!
dramamama611
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joined:12/4/07
I agree^.
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lenstersf
Stand-by
joined:6/14/12
Recently saw a musical where one of the female ensemble members had a the largest, whitest, straightest teeth I have ever seen. Distracted me for a good 2-3 minutes because they looked so unnatural.
elphaba.scares.me
Leading Actor
joined:10/23/04
^^
Yes to all of this. I got my teeth laser-whitened (or whatever that procedure is) once and could barely breathe outside that night because the cold air hurt so much.

Now when I see one of those denturey neon-white smiles, I basically have acid flashback pain. Like hearing someone talk or sing with a lot of vocal damage--or way, way back on their cords. Nails on a chalkboard, for real.
trixigold
Understudy
joined:12/24/12
Angela Lansbury is an example of someone with a bad smile. Even if her teeth were perfectly white and even (which they were closer to when she was very young, older people often have yellowed teeth), she has a small mouth with a flat smile line (a straight, horizontal smile instead of an upturned happy-face tyoe of smile). It takes more than perfectly straight white teeth to have a really attractive smile that is preferred in American movies, TV, and theater. The mouth has to be large and wide (with a well-defined jawline), the teeth not too huge, and the facial shape and facial muscles making a person look genuinely happy when they smile. You can't fix something like that with braces or veneers or plastic surgery. I think Americans in particular love the big smile. A country like Britain doesn't care as much (maybe because their genetics tend to produce people who have the less-ideal smile and tooth type).
Emma White
Featured Actor
joined:2/11/13
While I find Sutton Foster has nice teeth, when she smiles while she sings, her face looks really weird and distracts me. Anything Goes at the Tony's is a prime example.

CZJ had her teeth fixed, but here's before and after:

Bernadette Peters has straight teeth, but they're really short and rotting away:
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Playbilly
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Dang! That's a big pic of Bernie. About to eat me.
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Emma White
Featured Actor
joined:2/11/13
Oh, it's so much scarier on this forum then it ever was on google images.
In case your interested, it's from this hilarious blog that just posts pictures of celebs in extreme closeup.
"Nice is different than good."
Kelly2
Broadway Legend
joined:1/5/07
So agree that whitening has gotten kind of creepy. Glow in the dark teeth are as scary as bad ones.
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boggess
Stand-by
joined:7/5/12
A bit off topic, I saw the movie The Raven last month. The actress who played the love interest was buried underground at one point. There was a close up on her face and her teeth were glowing. I was surprised that the director hadn't done something about them, considering the movie took place in the 1800s when no one had teeth that white. It was distracting.
beaemma
Stand-by
joined:11/24/09
I read an article recently which said that it's getting more and more difficult to cast period stories because actors, especially in the U.S., are so artificial in appearance that they don't look right in many times and situations. The article especially mentioned all the perfectly straight, bleached teeth. I personally find all the overly perfect, fake looking teeth creepy. There's a difference between imperfect and ugly. How about some individuality? How on earth can there be only one type of smile that's a good smile? Is everybody supposed to look alike?
SweetLips
Leading Actor
joined:1/23/13
I was in a Minstrel show [black face pancake-actually called Negro No2 so more brown than black]with painted white lips and eyes.The white around the mouth made the teeth look yellow by contrast so I experimented with a paint-on tooth enamel that literally,in a stage black out,I would open my mouth and it was like a torch, and the rest of the cast would follow me off the stage without bumping into the scenery.[A bit exaggerated-but that's theatrical licence].
bobs3
Broadway Legend
joined:4/8/12
I know...when I watch GAME OF THRONES I am amazed by the beautiful teeth and well-conditioned designer haircuts the characters have.
Patash
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/08
An example of too white teeth!
And a good laugh or two.


Ross's White Teeth
suestorm
Broadway Legend
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nobody wants to look at people with bad teeth, whether youre dating or watching a show.
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