“The Night Of” star Riz Ahmed tore Danny Boyle’s shirt at his audition for “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Luke Cage” breakout Mahershala Ali is getting used to people yelling “Yo, Cottonmouth!” at him in public. Those were just some of the revelations when Variety hosted its annual “10 Actors to Watch” brunch at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October.

Also in attendance at the event were Aja Naomi King, known for her work on the hit TV series “How to Get Away With Murder” and Kara Hayward, who made her film debut in Wes Anderson’s 2012 “Moonrise Kingdom.” The quartet spoke frankly on topics ranging from their toughest roles, being recognized, and bad auditions during a roundtable discussion moderated by Variety’s Jenelle Riley.