“Hey, are you one of the extras?”
I had just tumbled out of a van and onto the set of UnREAL in Canada, with the task of interviewing the cast and crew. Instead, a scruffy looking guy had recognized my obvious TV potential and was going to make me a star.
He was clutching a walkie-talkie with a head-set jammed over his hair, so I knew he was legit when he siad “You need to get over to set, are you an extra?”
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Now, I’d heard about people being discovered in unusual ways, but this had to be some kind of a record. I hadn’t even been on set long enough to get my phone confiscated.
But before I could sign on for my TV debut, a shrill voice cut across walkie-talkie man and put an end to our conversation.
Now, I don’t know this woman’s name, so for the purposes of this story I’m going to call her the same thing I call her in my head at night, when this story haunts my dreams so badly I cannot sleep – The One Who Crushed Laura’s Dreams (TOWCLD).
“She’s not an actor,” said TOWCLD. “She’s just a journalist on a set visit.”
And just like that my brief relationship with walkie-talkie guy came to an end, and I was introduced to the harsh reality of the world that is the basis of UnREAL. Unless you’re in charge of what’s on camera or in front of it, you don’t exist.
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UnREAL made a resounding splash across the world when it dropped onto our TV screens last year, which is why shooting of the highly anticipated second season was now in over drive.
The show follows Rachel, a conflicted producer on a The Bachelor type show called Everlasting where she, along with show-runner Quinn, manipulate, traumatise and cajole a group of women and one suitor into making scandalous TV.