Everyone knows HBO. Not only as a movie channel, but as a formidable source of stellar in-house programming, from the side-splittingly funny Veep to the nerd heaven that is Game of Thrones and another 20 years of entertainment—Sex in the City, Boardwalk Empire, and The Sopranos, just to name a few.
Now it’s Portland’s turn to get in on the mix. HBO has green-lit a new show from Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood, starring Oscar-winning actress Holly Hunter—and it's being shot here in Portland. In fact, some North Portland residents have already been notified of filming on N Mississippi Avenue on Tuesday, April 25. According to IMDB, Here, Now follows a multiracial family who "find their bonds tested when one of the children begins seeing things which the rest cannot.” Tim Robbins (insert any Shawshank Redemption quote here) is attached to play Hunter’s estranged husband.
And they need extras! Lots and lots of them. Local company Cast Iron Studios, which also handled extras for Grimm and The Librarians, has issued a call for Portlanders to step up and come out. Casting director Lana Veenker says hundreds of extras are needed over the span of the three-day shoot, running April 24–26. The positions are non-union, with pay starting at minimum wage (8–hour guarantee, plus overtime) for general background, and up to $100–150 per day for other positions. Background performers can also earn bumps for the use of their cars, bicycles, pets (your cute dog can finally earn his keep!), etc.
Interested? Extras can apply online through April 19 here, or attend the open casting call this Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11–4 p.m. at Cast Iron Studios, 1430 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 100. No appointments needed—just show up. First come, first served, with an aim for a diverse and inclusive mix of extras. And remember: Brad Pitt started as an extra. This might be your moment.