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Beyoncé ‘against audition’

Beyoncé Knowles reportedly hoped she would be offered a Disney movie without auditioning.

Jen Rudin has worked for Walt Disney, among others, and details what goes on behind the scenes of films in her upcoming memoir Confessions of a Casting Director.

She was involved in preparations for 2009 release The Princess and the Frog, which saw a host of stars vying to voice the lead character Tiana.

"Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn’t audition and so she didn’t get one," she reveals, according to Page Six.

"Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson wanted it. Alicia Keys auditioned three times... They had to sing, so we made it clear they needed sheet music. Tyra came in with a CD, but it didn’t matter because she was so pretty and nice. It went to Anika Noni Rose, who was the most qualified."

Jen has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and now claims nothing will shock her. She is used to dealing with wild demands and diva antics, although not all stars request out of this world riders.

"William Shatner always needed fresh sushi, Kiefer Sutherland needed a cigarette and In-N-Out Burger," she laughed.

"Rosie O’Donnell needed chicken of some sort. Elaine Stritch, she had to have hard-boiled eggs and skimmed cappuccino."

Although her job is fun, at times stars all blend into each other as far as Jen is concerned.

"Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, one of them were vegan or macrobiotic. It was unique," she said.

The casting director also offers up some top tips for people hoping to make it big in Tinseltown. Her number one suggestion is to treat people well, as she is always on the lookout for "nice" stars to team up with.

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