The life of Background Actors in Hollywood

Annette, an optimistic Belgian actress, moves to Los Angeles and explores the world of background acting, relying on the mentorship of Michael, a veteran American extra, while trying to make her way to the next tier.

What’s a background actor?

They are the fly on the wall, the blurry crowd, the atmosphere that gives life to scenes in films but you can’t ever really know who they are. Some of them dream of leading roles while others think it’s “just like any other job”.

What’s it like to be on a film set?

It’s like knowing all the magician’s tricks, or attending summer camp, or even playing house with friends. It’s creating a fake situation with real people, real locations, and real emotions. It’s mesmerizing, exhilarating, terrifying, and sometimes super boring.