More than a thousand people lined up for several hours in New York City on Tuesday for the chance to be an extra in the “Sex and the City” movie sequel.
The first “Sex and the City” film met with lukewarm reviews upon its release in May 2008, but won the hearts of movie fans and grossed $415 million worldwide. Shooting on the sequel is set to begin shortly for a 2010 release.
Based on a book by Candace Bushnell, the films follow the successful HBO TV series about the love lives of four single women in New York City. The TV series and films star Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis.
Wearing an orange and gold evening dress and gold sparkly high heel shoes, Amanda Rivera, a 19-year-old dancer from the Bronx, arrived at the casting call with her father at 1 a.m. to be first in line for the hopefuls.
“I am going for the celebrity look,” she said as she sat on the street to rest her feet. “I am an aspiring actress and I thought this would be a great opportunity. Any little thing is good exposure, even though this is background extra.”
Grant Wilfley Casting said it was looking for “fashion models, celebrity types, upscale socialites, urban club goers, gays and lesbians, international types (Middle Eastern, Arabic, Asian, European, British), professional soccer players.”
Some were a little confused by the call for gays and lesbians.
“I was going for the nightclub trendy look, but they also asked for gay and lesbian and I didn’t know what that looked like so I might fit that as well,” said Deidra Demens, 22, a shoe sales associate from Brooklyn, laughing.
“I love ‘Sex and The City’ and I would love an opportunity to be a part of the movie in any way that I can,” she said.
Carmella Cerar, a Queens housewife who described her age as “50-plus,” has never acted before.
“I am going for upscale socialite,” she said of her black and white outfit with a matching broad-brimmed hat. “I loved the movie, the series and wish I could be friends with them.”
Tanner Brainard, 19, moved to New York City last week from Nashville, Tennessee, to try and become a model.
“I heard they were looking for models so I just went for the simple look, not too dressy,” he said of his outfit of a tight deep red T-shirt and jeans. “You never know who’s going to see you.”
Benjamin Pastor, 57, an interior designer from Brooklyn, said he had taken acting classes and thought he could portray someone in a club or maybe a club manager.
“Ultimately ‘Sex and the City’ represents a more youthful presentation of who lives here,” he said. “Being an old New Yorker and being really part of the reason why people came here — we have created what New York is — I just thought there might be some room for someone over 50.”