Although Diane Kruger walked out glorious during the Screen Actors Guild Awards after earning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 Inglorious Basterds, the 45-year-old German American actress opened up about the not so glorious audition she had to go through before securing the role.
The ballerina-turned actress shared her experience regarding Tarantino’s audition process for Inglorious Basterds while guesting on an episode in Josh Smith’s podcast which aired on January 11. Smith and Kruger were talking about some of the “f–k you moments” that happened in their career, and the actress who played Helen in Troy (2004) opened up that Tarantino did not initially want her to audition because he saw a movie where Kruger was one of the cast, and he did not like it.
Kruger added that Tarantino only let her audition because there was nobody left to audition and that she had to book her plane and fly to Germany just so she could secure an audition because Tarantino did not allow her to audition in the U.S. According to Kruger, Tarantino did not initially believe in her so she had to go and jump through all the hoops and put her nose on the joint before having the part. She added that she had to show him (Tarantino) that she could do it.
Fortunately, the star of Nation Treasure landed Bridget von Hammersmark’s role and Kruger was glad that it all worked out in the end, but she cannot write off the unfairness that happens that sometimes happens in the industry and that she had to alter the narrative.
Furthermore, this was not the first time that Kruger opened something about Tarantino. Back in 2018, when the director of Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction (1994) was accused of maltreating his actors, The 355 actress took to Instagram to defend Tarantino, especially when criticism about him insisting on choking Kruger in a certain scene for Inglorious Basterds.
Kruger wrote that working with him has been a pure joy to her. She further added that he treated her with respect and that he did not try to abuse his power, and that he never let her do anything that she is not comfortable with.