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'The Giver' newcomer Odeya Rush on standing up to Meryl Streep

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Odeya Rush left her first audition for The Giver thinking that she’d not only botched it, but that it was, in fact, the worst day of her life.

After all, most auditions are five to 10 minutes, even when you’re a lock for the role, said the now-17-year-old Israeli-born actress. Director Phillip Noyce kept her there for an hour. “I’d never been in an audition room for an hour. We did it so many times. At the end, [Noyce] kind of threw one word at me, like ‘great!’ or something,” she told EW. “I walked out thinking that I was never coming back.”

It took five more auditions and readings with a slew of potential Jonases, including eventual co-star Brenton Thwaites, for her to officially get the offer to play Fiona. A month later, she was on a plane to Cape Town, South Africa, to start filming. READ FULL STORY

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