Can Background Actors Still Find Work in Pandemic-Era Hollywood?

“It doesn’t seem like there are a lot of options for us,” background actress Carolyn Meyer tells TheWrap

As Hollywood gears up to head back into production, new coronavirus safety regulations that require sets to limit cast and crew members have worried background actors who feel threatened by being replaced by visual effects. 

How the industry adapts to the new regulations will impact the livelihoods of thousands of actors who fill large crowd shots or add depth to a scene — after all, what would a bar scene be with just two lead actors, or baseball games without an audience? Many of these background actors, who are independent contractors who make a living in Hollywood from hopping from to set to set to fill in scenes, are worried about being forgotten as Hollywood makes changes to the way films and shows are shot.

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Beatrice Verhoeven

Beatrice Verhoeven

Film Editor, Twitter: @bverhoev