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THE SELECTORS
ALYSSA WEISBERG & APRIL WEBSTER
CASTING DIRECTORS
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The first time I met J.J.,” recalls Alyssa Weisberg (left), “he carried on a very detailed conversation while sketching something with one hand and composing music at the same time. I just thought, ‘Wow, this guy’s a Renaissance man.’”

The multi-tasking maestro isn’t always easy to pin down, though — Weisberg and her colleague, April Webster (right), often have to get sign-off for their casting choices on the run. “There can be a line outside the door waiting to speak with him,” admits Webster. “There have been times where Alyssa and I basically shanghai him with our computers open as he’s walking between meetings and say, ‘Okay, which one of these two guys? Okay, good, that’s who we’re going with.’” Fortunately, the two have developed a good handle on what J.J. likes. Weisberg, a 20-plus-year casting veteran, has been working with Abrams since the conception of Lost, Webster since Alias. “He gravitates towards actors that he would be friends with,” says Weisberg. “He wants people that have a great sense of humour, like himself. An easygoing manner, someone fun to work with.”

 


 

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