Being a recurring extra on a TV show is embarrassing because even though you’re on regularly you’re still only an extra, but at least the cast and crew respect you a little more than they normally would since they have to see you so often. I worked on two shows this year as a recurring extra. One of them, What About Brian, will premiere on ABC this Sunday. The other one, the WB’s Related, has been airing for a season but looks like it might already be cancelled!
On What About Brian I’m one of four office workers in a video game company. On Related I’m a college student, and Spin City’s Jennifer Esposito is my favorite actress on the show. One day she was taking a final look at herself in the makeup mirror. She winked at her reflection and said “Total perfection” as she tossed her hair back and handed the mirror to the makeup artist. Love her! Another time, we were having breakfast and she was in curlers. I told her she still looked flawless, even at 7AM. “I know, I know. I’m gorgeous! I can’t help it!” she said. Joking.
The other actresses were cool too. Most of my scenes were with Laura Breckenridge since we mostly shot in the dorm and the coffee shop. And the actors? Well, Chris Carmack must be the most gorgeous guy ever to have walked the planet. When I look at him, I drool. Literally. We did a scene where he was doing a school play and he was almost nude. I thought I might have a heart attack. According to a reliable source, the other main actor, Callum Blue, is gay. He’s having a torrid sexual affair with a friend of mine. I guess they go to the same gym and they met in the locker room! Scandal! I hear he’s a bottom.
The highlight of working on Related was Joanna Kerns. She’s the actress from the ’80s sitcom Growing Pains. That’s right, Mrs Seaver. My absolute favorite TV mom of all time was directing an episode of the show. I think she’s a vampire; she looks better than she did in the ’80s! Seriously, she has not aged at all in the past 20 years. It’s bizarre.
I hope Related doesn’t get cancelled. I have to admit I’ve never watched the show. But I don’t watch TV, so it’s not intentional. The show looked like it had potential when we first began shooting but now I think that, although the acting is good, the writing sucks. I know everyone’s taste is not as depraved as mine, but the show is just too syrupy sweet; it needs more drama – Laura’s character should get pregnant, Lizzy Caplan’s character should get addicted to drugs. I mentioned this to one of the producers and was told, “You do your job, we’ll do ours!”
– Sham Ibrahim