The news is officially out: ComicBook.com (you know she LOVES that!) reports that Arrow’s Bex Taylor-Klaus will be featured as a Guest star in iZombie’s June 2nd episode, “Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat.” (No Dr. Seuss jokes here, just reporting the news).
And here’s a fun trailer for the episode (yes, she’s in it):
And a promo shot …
We started watching iZombie this season in anticipation of Bex’s appearance. It’s a clever premise, fun to watch, and not nearly as “dark” as you might expect — though it has it’s moments.
Tune in to the CW Network on Tuesday night, June 2nd at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT
See you there!
And she’s off! Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Bex’s first official day of filming for The Killing (often referred to as “TK” — no joke!)
The Day Starts at The Circus
Sue picked us up at 7:15 and we drove to a large, empty gravel lot … temporarily filled by a large number of white trucks (trailers), a solitary blue truck (kitchen) and a tent (dining room). Known as the circus, this roving caravan is set up each day that filming is done on location — which is a lot, given that half the cast (or more) seem to be living on the street!
We start in the breakfast area, where a fabulous spread of eggs, bacon, potatoes, oatmeal, fruit, etc. are available, and the chefs in the truck are happy to make special orders upon request. Truly — they’re so NICE about it! Gotta love these Canadians.
Since this morning was about finalizing details about Bullet’s look, we were taken to Bex’s trailer (!!complete with faux fireplace as a space-heater, bathroom, microwave, TV — ton of stuff we’ll never need!!), where a white smock was waiting for her. In the future, her wardrobe (neatly cleaned) will be ready, but today there were still many final decisions make.
Bex donned the heavy overcoat labeled “Bullet” (note — not a costume — this is for her to wear around the circus and while on location — coat, boots, hand-warmers, umbrellas — whatever is needed to keep the talent comfortable!), and we headed to the best trailer in the entire circus: Hair & Make-Up.
Bex starts with Julie, who does her hair while consulting on the other leads and a seemingly unending array of extras. I can’t tell you much, but it’s to become a daily routine. Then she heads down to Charles in the Make-up end of the trailer. It’s amazing how long it takes to make Bex look so… well… grungy.
Again, I won’t say much, but the level of detail is inspiring, and Charles has the patience of a saint. Every so often, Marian, the 3rd AD (Asst Director), who basically handles all the logistics around the circus and the set, pokes his head in to check the status of the actors.
At this point, Bex, Julia and Max are all in Hair & Make-up, and there’s still more to do with wardrobe before we get put into a transport to go to the set. Veena (creator of the show, the writer) comes in for a bit, as does Jori (Wardrobe) to make decisions about tattoos, jewelry, etc. Bex’s own art has been incorporated by wardrobe and props. Again — won’t spoil anything for you — but Bex is pretty psyched that her drawings are being used.
By this point, she’s been back and forth to the trailer with Drory, and fully dressed and ready, we’re transported to the nearby location for shooting. All of this has taken about 2 hours.
On Set and Ready to Shoot
Once we arrived at the set, Bex is psyched to meet her best friend on the show, who has been a last-minute cast — and who, we’re thrilled to learn, is also filming for the first time today. Bex isn’t the only newbie on the set!
They are taken into the set, staged in a community center, where the Director meets them and immediately starts blocking the scene. After they’ve gone over the scene once or twice and blocked who will be where, the cameras and sound are all set up. Meanwhile, Bex and Cate are taken in to get wired for sound, and someone else takes their stuff and puts it in the ‘green’ room. Once the equipment is all set up, the talent is brought back in for rehearsal. They run through it a few times, and then they start rolling.
Bex had one scene to do today. Little did I know that she’d be doing it ALL day long! They go through the scene multiple times. And when they are done, they take a brake, move the cameras, and start all over again. It’s really an extraordinary process. This one scene was shot multiple times from at least 4 or 5 different perspectives. Now, since this is the first episode, they are consciously establishing the characters, so they’re being quite deliberate and taking their time. But it’s still a rather awesome process. With something like 40 extras, and untold number of crew, it’s incredibly wild how quiet it can can when people start yelling, “quiet on the set, Rolling!”
There’s more to report, of course… I’ve not even made it to noon at this point — but it’s time to stop and post, and I’ll finish out an average day in the next post. Feel free to comment or ask questions! 🙂
Another day without a lot of activity – great, actually, for Bex to get started with the semester, though I can tell she’s starting to get antsy. Apparently, during Pilot Season, you can get an audition and the sides, but they may not schedule it for weeks – or they can schedule it the next day!
I’m learning that everyone out here has his/her favorite coaches, classes, etc. and there is no shortage of strong opinions. I’m trying to navigate between the agent and the manager, who are working together, but still have their favorites. Sometimes there are delicate decisions to make. And I thought I was out of politics! So I started looking into the classes and coaches, and we’ll see what happens.
Bex went to class in the evening, and I went to dinner with my college friend, Bennett, who took me to an authentic Mexican restaurant near Koreatown 😉 It was so nice to hang out and feel relaxed and laugh a lot. Bennett – a brilliant, colorful character with a talent for story-telling – cautioned me about the business with sad tales of Brittany’s handlers and the lengths they’ll go to make a buck at her expense. I’m reminded again of how important it is for Bex to have supervision out here, and to keep grounded and centered.
While it’s not an easy task, I do believe that the many challenges that Bex has experienced throughout her life will serve her well in keeping perspective in this crazy world.
Mother and daughter hold hands at sunset on Balboa Beach … (Thanks for the suggestions, Josh!)