Higher testosterone levels may make Oscar success more likely
- By: Karen Herbert
Oscar worthy actors may have higher testosterone levels than their less successful counterparts. Dr James Dabb and PhD student Kelly Leach Cate from Georgia State University investigated the testosterone levels of 50 male actors auditioning for lead acting roles.
Actors gave saliva samples both before and after a videotaped audition. They also completed questionnaires which asked them to rate how “in character,” confident, and eager they felt before the audition. They were also asked to rate how satisfied they felt with their performance after leaving the stage.
“In this double blind study, the three actors who were actually given the lead roles had significantly higher levels of testosterone after their audition than did all the other actors auditioning,” Kelly Leach Cate explained. “Testosterone seems to be a major component in stage presence. It therefore appears that testosterone might be an indicator of an actor's ability or Oscar worthiness.”