Ryan Kwanten blew his chances of working with Steven Spielberg after a disastrous first meeting - by parking in the famed director's spot.

The True Blood star was attempting to carve out a career in Hollywood after moving to Los Angeles from his native Australia in the early 2000s when he landed a coveted meeting with the legendary moviemaker.

The actor cycled to the offices of Spielberg's DreamWorks production company, but the day went horribly wrong when he realised he had committed the embarrassing error of leaving his bike in the director's parking space.

He tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "There were no poles at DreamWorks. It's a very ergonomic place. I just remember wrapping this huge bike chain around this bamboo post, then I ran inside. Two seconds later, an assistant comes running in. 'Someone's parked in Mr Spielberg's spot! Is it anyone here?' And I'm looking around the room going, 'Wow, somebody's really in trouble.'

"Nobody owned up. Two seconds later he runs back in and yells, 'Who's got a bicycle?' I said 'It's me.' He grabbed me by the wrist, ushered me outside, and who should be sitting in his big SUV but Spielberg. I've actually wrapped the bike chain over the top of the 'S' on Spielberg's name, which is plastered on the bamboo post. Needless to say, I did not get that audition with him."