Erin Moriarty Originally Was Not Supposed to Play Audrey Hart in True Detective

Erin Moriarty auditioned for a small role before jabbing the supporting role in 'True Detective' Season 1.

Erin Moriarty Originally Was Not Supposed to Play Audrey Hart in True Detective


  • Erin Moriarty stole the limelight starring as adult Audrey Hart, daughter of Woody Harrelson's character, Detective Martin 'Marty' Hart in 'True Detective' Season 1.
  • She revealed that she initially auditioned to play a small role of Beth in the crime-drama show.
  • However, director, Cary Joji Fukunaga eventually liked her performance, giving her the supporting role.
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Erin Moriarty has a knack for captivating the audience with her acting skills. She has cemented a strong presence in the entertainment with her movies and TV shows. While she is renowned for her Starlight role in Amazon’s The Boys series, she has also done a commendable job in series like True Detective (2014). The crime drama show featured new cast ensembles in each season with the actress playing a key role in the first season. 

Erin Moriarty in The Boys (2019-present). Credit: Amazon Studios, Prime Video.
Erin Moriarty in The Boys (2019-present). Credit: Amazon Studios, Prime Video.

However, many might be surprised to know the fact that she had auditioned for a different role but the Season 1 director let her shine on camera with what she nailed on the small screen. 

Erin Moriarty Auditioned for a Small Role in True Detective

Erin Moriarty in True Detective
Erin Moriarty in True Detective

In a 2014 interview with The Daily Beast, the 29-year-old actress spilled the tea on how she ended up landing on the anthology crime drama series, True Detective. She revealed that she initially auditioned for the role of Beth, a former underage prostitute. 


She shared, 

“I auditioned for the part in New York but originally auditioned for the role of Beth, the prostitute that Marty investigated when she was younger and ends up sleeping with her later on.”

However, Erin Moriarty ended up starring as teenage Audrey Hart, daughter of Woody Harrelson’s character, Detective Martin ‘Marty’ Hart.

She revealed that it was Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of Season 1 who decided to assign her the role. 


“I guess Cary liked me and decided to put me in the part of Audrey instead because he wanted to put me on the show. I agreed, of course, because I wanted to work with all the amazing people involved.”

She enjoyed playing the role as she continued, 

“It was fun to play a Goth because it’s the opposite of how I present myself, and is the opposite of any role I’d been considered for.”

Erin Moriarty surely left audiences spellbound with her performance. Not to mention, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson playing the main detective duo added a great flavor to the crime drama.

Season 1 follows two detectives investigating a 1990s murder both at the time when it happened and the time when it went left unsolved 17 years later. Given the success of the anthology series, the show has already released its fourth season with a new cast. However, not everyone is enjoying it. 


True Detective Creator, Nic Pizzolatto, Criticized Season 4-Night Country

A still from True Detective: Night Country (2024)
A still from True Detective: Night Country (2024)

The show creator, Nic Pizzolatto has shared his candid thoughts on Instagram by making several comments on Instagram (via Reddit) even calling the fourth season “so stupid” over season 1’s Tuttle family funding the Tsalal research station in season 4. When an Instagram user asked about his involvement in the new season given that he is still credited as executive producer, he replied, 

I certainly did not have any input on this story or anything else. Can’t blame me.” 

He even spilled the tea on McConaughey’s return in the new season who played Detective Rustin ‘Rust’ Cohle alongside Harrelson.


He stated, “Matthew [McConaughey] doesn’t show up, nor would he.”

While he deleted the comments following the backlash, a Reddit user took a screenshot and uploaded it on the forum. Meanwhile, in a Vulture interview, True Detective: Night Country showrunner Issa López addressed the creator’s criticism. López shared, 

I believe that every storyteller has a very specific, peculiar, and unique relation to the stories they create, and whatever his reactions are, he’s entitled to them.” 

While the first season was bombarded with positive reviews, the subsequent seasons were unable to achieve a good response. However, now, the fourth season has been making quite positive, resulting in a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes. 


True DetectiveNight Country is streaming on Max every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. 


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