The Killing is nearing the end of filming the 3rd episode of the 2013 season. Bex has been working 12+ hour days on average, filming more days per episode than not. Her hectic schedule has included 2 special filming events on Sundays — one a full day photo shoot for the lead actors (which means the billboards are coming!), and the other a special location that required a 6 a.m. Sunday morning shoot.
Bex is truly learning what it means to be a WORKING actor: very early mornings, very late nights, and no ability to plan more than a few days ahead for the limited free time available. She’s got a stand-in, and a stunt double (don’t ask — I have NO idea why!), and has really settled into the experience like she’s been doing it for years. Oh, and if you haven’t figured it out — when she’s on set, she’s the happiest person on the planet!
Some of the exciting developments in the last couple of weeks:
- Bex got her invitation to join the SAG-AFTRA union,
- she got to film an entire scene by herself with virtually no lines,
- she’s gone through special make-up that took 2 1/2 hours to apply and 1 hour to remove,
- she’s shifted tutors and gotten her favorite one back (yay!),
- she got a pay-check (another yay, especially since it was spent before she got it), and
- she’s filmed in a dozen locations at all times of the day and night.
I wish I could share some of the ways the script has stretched and challenged her as an actor, but you’re going to have to wait to see that in the finished product!
I’ve heard rumors that the show will air in late May, but there’s no confirmation at this point. Please — if you read something — let us know! There’s absolutely no certainty that we’ll be the first to know. 😉
Anyway, the schedule worked out that Bex has 4 days off in a row this weekend, and so she’s taken a well-deserved break to go home to LA and refuel her tank. But she did have a little excitement just before she left. In the midst of working unusually long days Mon through Wed, we learned that different arrangements would be made for transportation. For the first time, Bex felt comfortable enough on her own to move out of the “hotel-based-apartment” she’s been living in — at a price so exorbitant it’s unbelievable — and move into an independent apartment — which is merely outrageously expensive.
Here’s another little behind-the-scenes bit about the business of producing a TV show. Because Bex is a “series regular” –meaning she will be in most of the episodes — she has actually been hired as a “re-located” actor in Vancouver. That means that she is responsible for all of her costs — transportation, living arrangements, etc. No per diem, etc. It definitely adds a layer of complexity to everything, and so while Bex has been staying in the official hotel of The Killing — sortof a comfort zone for all of us — it’s been costly.
Tuesday night, Bex decided she was ready to move into something more independent. She worked ’til after 10:30 that night, and was picked up at 6:50 a.m. Wed morning for another full day (called a “force” when she doesn’t get a 12 hour break — doesn’t happen often).
Anyway, we arranged for her to see two neighboring apartments early Thur morning with her FABULOUS tutor.
She chose one (and it’s awesome), moved in (3 suitcases and freezer full of gluten-free dinners), and was on the train to the airport by 10:30 a.m.
So when Bex returns to Vancouver on Monday for a read-through of episode 4, she’ll settle in to her 19th floor flat and enjoy the final 3 months of her adventure in true style!
That’s all for now, everyone. David and I are starting our days on the east coast at 6:30 a.m., often ending them on the west coast with Bex. It’s not that sleep is over-rated, it’s just that it’s a luxury when you’re living in a bi-coastal (and international) world… 😉
Time for us to get some sleep! Have a great weekend.