‘Internship’ teaches Tobit Raphael about big-time Hollywood

Tobit Raphael's breakout role could be his part in The Internship.

Tobit Raphael’s first big movie role was in The Internship with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like when an actor first starts out? Is it a lot of reckless nights and auditions one after another?

Or is it something as simple as a middle-school play?

For Tobit Raphael, who played Yo-Yo Santos in The Internship, it was the latter. He started acting as a sixth grader in his school production. He didn’t have any lines. Nor did his role last long.

“I just went on stage and died,” Tobit says, laughing. “And I had so much fun!”

That was beginning for Tobit, who now find himself working alongside A-listers such as his Internship co-stars, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan.

“I remember when I first met Owen at rehearsals, I was trying to take a swig of water without looking like my hand was shaking and everything,” he said. “But over time, I got used to him and I just saw him as a person and as another actor.”

There are so many auditions you have to go through to even get noticed, and for Tobit, he was able to land one of the final auditions with Vince Vaughn himself. Many people may find auditioning with a big celebrity like Vince Vaughn to be scary, but not for Tobit.

“For some reason it just felt really right and he was so generous,” Tobit said. “I really had a good time and he made it so easy, but then you have to wait for a long time and hope for the best.”

When his manager finally called to say he landed the movie, Tobit started screaming and running around the room.

“That day was crazy,” he said. “I couldn’t stop shaking. I treated myself to a nice little lunch, and I bought litter for my cat. It was a very good day.”

Working on a big production left an impression on Tobit.

“I love the bond that you can make while working on a project with people because you are in close quarters with them,” he said. “I love the energy and the electricity in the air when the cameras are rolling and everyone has their jobs to do and everyone’s focused.”

Tobit’s role in The Intership may help his next job come a little quicker, be a little bigger, or both.

“When more people have seen your work,” Tobit said, “it’s easier for them to bring you in. It’s easier to get yourself brought in to the audition rooms.”

But as Tobit points out, nothing is automatic. Acting demands lots of hard work, sleepless nights, and dedication. You have to balance your work schedule with your regular life, and given jealousies and competition, there will always be people trying to bring you down.

“Resilience is key in this industry,” Tobit said, “and being persistent will get you far.”

Claire DeMarco, LSY! teen reporter, Mount St. Mary Academy

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