A still from the movie: my scene with Sandra Bullock.
A few years ago, I was given the wonderful opportunity to work in a very small role on the set of The Heat (2013). It was the summer before my Junior year of college, and the idea of starting a blog had been milling around in my head for a while, so I had just bought my first DSLR camera. I brought it on set with me to document the process and now, years later, I thought it would be fun to share my experience on set.
How long were you on set? Three days total - one day of rehearsal and two days of filming with the entire crew.
In the hair & makeup trailer.
When & where? August 2012 in Boston. We shot at Royale and the crew was set up across the street in a parking lot filled with trailers.
The little vanity in my trailer
Did you have a speaking role? Nope! My role was very very small. Technically called a "principle role", but I was basically a tiny step above an extra.
My trailer while on set.
What was the audition like? I went to a small casting studio in Boston, where I had been told to come wearing "going-out attire". I waited in a room with all of the other women auditioning, then was brought into a conference room where I spoke with a casting rep. He filmed me stating my name, age, agency, and a little about myself, and then handed me a part of the script to look over and explained the scene to me. He then put on upbeat music and I acted out the scene, which was mostly comprised of me dancing around like I would normally do with friends on a night out. A few days later, my Boston agency called to let me know that I had been cast for the role and made sure I was available for the filming dates.
Wardrobe for the scene
What was filming like? Everyone on set was insanely nice, and the girls in my scene were given trailers for the three days we were on set (which seemed so unreal to me since we had suchhhh small roles). Each morning, I arrived on set at around 6 or 7AM and ate breakfast from craft services in my trailer until someone came to get me. I'd go to the beauty trailer to have hair/makeup done, and then I'd head back to my trailer, watch some tv, and wait for wardrobe to bring me my clothes for the day. After I was dressed and ready to go, they would bring me and the other principle roles over to Royale, which was packed with extras. We would shoot the scene a few times with stand-ins, and then the lead actors were brought in. For a scene that was so short in the movie, it took three days to film! During downtime in Royale, they had a holding room upstairs for me and the few other "LeSoire" girls, where we could hang out and have food while the crew was fixing lighting or moving around the extras. We were on set for 12+ hours each day.
What scene are you in? What was your role? The "Club Ekko" scene. My role, as explained to me, was that I was a club-going friend of LeSoire (Adam Ray), and that I was going to get annoyed when Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy's characters came in and attempted to get LeSoire away from us. They told us to essentially dance-fight with Bullock and McCarthy.
Is your name in the credits? Yes (under "LeSoire Dancers", ha!)
Did you get to meet anyone in the movie? Yes! I got to meet and film with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and Adam Ray. The director, Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids as well), also came over and introduced himself before explaining the scene to us prior to filming.
Sending a quick photo of the final look to my sister before being taken over to set
Was this your first acting experience? Not counting a musical in high school, yes! I'd be so thrilled to do more work like this.