I'm fascinated by all this startling competition for the lead role. Everyone's a rival.
I didn't have competition. When you're a big-voiced, opera-trained six foot tall dramatic mezzo-soprano teenager the only roles you get are witches, bitches or breeches, never the femme fatales, and absolutely NEVER the young, innocent romantic lead.
I was clever enough to go for roles I thought I'd get, thanks to my voice and build.
Competition honestly never happened with me. It's so very strange to read about hating a girl just because she got the part you wanted.