Extras Casting Call in New York City for HBO’s The Gilded Age


HBO’s The Gilded Age now casting period extras in the New York City area.

The upcoming HBO historical TV series is resuming production in the New York City area and is currently casting for paid extras/ background actors that reside in the NYC / Tri-State area.

The show is set in the late 1800’s, a time that war referred to as the gilded age. The Gilded Age is described as a historical period drama and was developed by Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. The show has been in the works for quite sometime and back in 2012, Julian Fellows announced the show as a prequel to Downtown Abbey.

The series was originally set to be released by NBC but later moved to HBO with a premiere date of sometime in 2021. The series is executive produced by Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Salli Richardson. The cast of the show currently includes Christine Baranski,
Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Coon and Morgan Spector.  Fore more info about the full cast, please checkout HBO’s page about the show.

About the show:
A wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family embarks on a mission to infiltrate the wealthy neighboring clan dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell, his rakish son, Larry, and his ambitious wife, Bertha.

Men and Women to portray 1880’s Caucasian Working Class Church Goers Season 2 of THE GILDED AGE.
Hair must be past shoulder blades in length! No hair highlights or dyes.
– You will be portraying 1880’s Caucasian Working Class Church Goers
– We will be filming in the Nyack area and this will be a mix of interior and exterior work.
– You could have very early morning call times (as early as 3-4am!) and/or work late, possibly even overnight shoots as we do not have tentative call time yet. Please be prepared for all scenarios.
– Works 6/30 in Nyack, NY. A required fitting 6/17 (covid test 6/15 or 6/16). Covid testing and fittings will all be in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
– There will be a required PCR Covid Test 48 hours before each work date as well as fitting, provided by production. (And yes, it HAS to be within 48 hours, you cannot test the day of, as the results are not instant!)
– You will be asked to comply with HBO covid protocols (I.E. wearing masks off camera, social distancing, etc.) Specifics to come upon booking!
– Fittings usually would be around a 2-3hour commitment depending on how your fitting goes
– Work days you should have full day/night availability without any conflicts as filming days can last anywhere from 12-14 hours.
– There will be atmospheric smoke in the interior scenes.
– This background performer role is NOT covered by a SAG-AFTRA CBA. Non-SAG rate = Work = $165/10hrs, Covid Test stipend = $60, Fitting = $30/2hours

IMPORTANT NOTES: (This applies to children as well!)
– WOMEN must have natural colors, NO balayage, NO undercuts, NO wigs, NO weaves, NO braids, NO ombre or unnatural looking highlights.
– WOMEN must be okay with working in a corset, bustle and multiple layers as appropriate to the 1880s.
– WOMEN must NOT have acrylic nails, gel polish, etc. MUST HAVE BARE NAILS!
– MEN must be okay getting an 1880s haircut. (http://production.gwcnyc.com/thegildedagehmunotes)
– MEN Must be comfortable being clean shaven for the shoot OR if you have facial hair already, must be willing to have it altered in an 1880’s style.(http://production.gwcnyc.com/thegildedagehmunotes)
– MEN: must have natural hair colors, ok getting period haircut, and being clean-shaven if your look is clean shaven. If you have facial hair/mustache, should be willing to get it altered. No buzzed cuts.
– MEN & WOMEN must have NO VISIBLE TATTOOS. (especially on neck, shoulders, upper back, chest, & hands)
– MEN & WOMEN must have NO wool allergies.
– MEN & WOMEN must NOT have braces

Please be advised that to work on The Gilded Age S2, all cast members must be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). Being “up-to-date” means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. If you are offered employment on The Gilded Age S2 and would like to request an accommodation to this policy due to medical or religious reasons, you must submit your request for approval via WarnerMedia’s Xempt portal.

If interested/available, please email gildedage@gwcnyc.com with the subject line “FB Church Goer”
-Full Name
-Confirm you are non-SAG
-Phone number
-Are you local to NYC area?
-Please attach 3 photos WITHOUT MAKE UP if possible: 1 selfie that shows your current hair length/color; 1 waist up in plain clothes; 1 full body in plain clothes. (ABSOLUTELY NO FILTERS, NO HATS, NO SUNGLASSES, ETC. PLEASE NO SLOUCHING)
-Measurements: Women: height, weight, dress, bust x true waist at the smallest part of your waist x hip, shoes; Men: height, weight, chest in inches, neck x sleeve, true waist @ belly button x inseam, shoes;
-Please confirm that you are fully available to work 6/30 and covid test 6/28
-Please confirm that you are available to do fitting 6/17 covid test 6/15 or 6/16
-What forms of ID can you bring to set to fill out an I9? (If you have a VISA or Employment Authorization Card, please let us know!)
-Do you have ANY tattoos? (this includes, hands, arms, feet, shoulders, chest, ankles, back of neck, behind the ear)
-Confirm your hair has not been dyed, highlighted, bleached, etc
-That you have read & acknowledged the shows vaccination policy.



One thought on “Extras Casting Call in New York City for HBO’s The Gilded Age

  1. Ashley Ayoub

    I am a huge fan of Downtown Abbey and period pieces. Since I was a young girl, I was always fascinated with the clothing, mannerism and style of communication. I would be honored to have the opportunity to background perform in The Gilded Age S2. All the requirements are met.


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