“I auditioned and failed for the Coen brothers,” he told Henson, who expressed a look of shock. “It was OK. It just wasn’t the right fit, unfortunately, mostly because they’re very high class.”
He added, “In the room, they were just quietly shaking their heads, like, ‘What are you doing here? Do you have a SAG card? Or do you have the Canadian version?’”
The actor then revealed he initially moved to Los Angeles to be an improv comic before getting his first real jobs, which he described as “horrendous movies of the week.”
“I always played some sort of ex-’Dynasty’ star’s son and she’s suffering from alcoholism or shopping too much or some kind of weird movie of the week affliction,” he said.
When it came time for Henson to talk about her last audition, she had a hard time remembering when it was, which Reynolds pointed out was “a good sign.”
After a little thought, Henson realized she auditioned for the role of Olivia Pope on Shonda Rhimes’ ABC show “Scandal.” (The role, of course, went to Kerry Washington.)
“Thank God Kerry got it. That was her job,” Henson noted.
You can watch the clip above, or click here to see the entire interview.