‘SWAT’ Star David Lim Explained Show’s Audition Process

by Leanne Stahulak

Back in 2017, the role that “SWAT” star David Lim auditioned for on the show wasn’t actually the role for Victor Tan.

In fact, the showrunners created Victor Tan because they liked Lim so much during his audition process. Lim told Tell-Tale TV back in 2017 how he read for two different roles on the show but didn’t quite fit with either one.

“I was in New York at the time, and I had just finished filming with ‘Quantico,'” Lim explained. “And I got an appointment to come in and read for ‘SWAT.’ I actually read for two different roles when I started the audition process.”

The “SWAT” star discussed how he met with CBS in New York and did at least two auditions with them before moving back to L.A. The day after he moved from New York to L.A., Lim got a callback for the show. He then met with executive producers Justin Lin, Shawn Ryan, and Aaron Thomas.

“This was now, I believe my third audition. At the time I was reading for a role whose description said he was in his late 40s. So I knew that I wasn’t the best match for the part, but I wanted to go in and give a good audition,” Lim said. They broke the bad news to him pretty quickly.

“I remember, an hour after the callback, my manager calls me up and says ‘Hey! It’s not going to happen on SWAT.’ And of course, I was bummed,” Lim said. “I loved the script, and I really wanted to be part of the project. But at the same time, I totally understood. I wasn’t really a good fit for that part I was reading for.”

Three auditions and a big meeting with the executives later, and still no go for Lim. But his disappointment wouldn’t last long.

How David Lim Ended Up Getting the Role of Victor Tan on ‘SWAT’

David Lim tried not to let the news about “SWAT” drag him down. He looked ahead towards other potential work.

“So I had moved on, and I was off auditioning for some other projects,” Lim continued telling Tell-Tale TV. “About a week later I got a call from my agent, saying that SWAT had cast me in the part of Victor Tan, and they offered me a role!”

Except, Lim definitely didn’t remember a Victor Tan being in the script. So where did the role come from?

“I was like, ‘Wait, a second! Victor Tan? That wasn’t in the pilot! There was no character description for this guy!’” Lim said. “What had happened is, they actually created this role for me. And so I was obviously over the moon. And that’s how it happened. A week later I’m doing tactical training, and a few days after that I’m on set filming the pilot with Justin Lin.”