Over the weekend, Euphoria actor Lukas Gage went viral on Instagram for posting his virtual audition over Zoom, during which the director insulted Gage’s “tiny apartment” — thinking he was on mute.
Though Gage, 25, took the high road and didn’t share the name of the man in a position of power, it has been revealed that Tristram Shapeero was the voice on the other end of the Zoom call, according to multiple outlets.
The high-profile British television director has been linked to popular series such as Community, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Never Have I Ever and Veep.
“I don’t have any apology because I didn’t say anything bad,” Shapeero told TMZ, when he was approached on the street by a reporter, adding that the context of his statements needs to be properly evaluated. “You have to look up the definition … it was three months ago. Actually, I’m not going to say anything right now because we are talking to some PR people, but there will be a statement at some point.”
On November 20, Gage posted a clip to his Instagram that featured the beginning of his audition, writing: “psa: if youre a shit talking director make sure to mute ur mic on zoom mtgings ?.”
The video — in which the director said (thinking he was on mute), “These poor people live in these tiny apartments. I’m looking at his background, and he’s got his TV…” — has since went viral, garnering nearly 900,000 views.
In response to Shapeero, Gage gave a nervous laugh and simply replied, “I know it’s a sh**ty apartment, that’s why ... give me this job so I can get a better one.”
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Naturally, theatre and film actors alike responded to Gage’s post with support, saying how well he handled the situation.
Shapeero plans to release a statement. Still, a source said, “Tristram is just mortified, he just wants to really apologize to Lukas and make it plain that this is not his usual behavior.”