‘And Just Like That …’ Background Actor Reveals He Made Less than $200 Per Day – And Paparazzi Worked With Production
A background actor who worked on the Sex and the City spinoff And Just Like That … revealed that he was paid less than $200 for 14 hours of work and dished about how producers worked with photographers who showed up on set.
The actor who wanted to remain anonymous said he signed a non-disclosure agreement, but could share what kind of money is involved in extra work for a show like And Just Like That … He also said those “leaked” photos shared during filming weren’t exactly “leaked.”
Background actors make up to $180 for an entire day of work
The actor shared that he made between $150 to $180 per day for background work. “You’re paid like $160 for 10 hours,” he recalled on the Hot Takes and Deep Dives with Jess Rothschild podcast. “And then if you go beyond 10 hours you’re paid time and a half. And then if you go past 14 hours then you’re paid double time.”
“They don’t wanna do that because they have to pay everybody,” he continued. “Everybody on set, crew, cast, starts getting paid double time. I believe people obviously like Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon are exempt from that because they’re just getting paid their million dollars.”
Days were 14 hours long on ‘And Just Like That …’
The source said being on the set was a dream, emphasizing he worried he had missed his opportunity after the second Sex and the City movie was filmed. He had also worked as a background actor on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel too. “I think it was 14 hour days for Mrs. Maisel and And Just Like That...,” he recalled.
“Your call time is super early. Most of the day that I shot we were shooting during the daytime. None of the stuff I did for And Just Like That … shot on a soundstage. It shot in real locations throughout New York. I did four scenes and it’s all shot completely out of sequence. I guess it’s dependent on people’s availability. But it’s completely out of order. The first scene I believe was something for episode 3. And then the second scene I shot was a two-day shoot. And that was from the season premiere, the very first episode.”
“You get there super early, your call time is usually like 7:00, 7:30 [a.m.] for background work,” he recalled. “You do have to go to wardrobe. And you are asked to bring wardrobe items.”
Photos weren’t actually leaked from ‘And Just Like That …’
He also observed how producers worked with photographers to create groundswell around the series. This is also why photos were continuously “leaked” during filming. “The paparazzi, I don’t know people know this, but the paparazzi, they have like a relationship with the production departments now where they’re just allowed to come on set and photograph,” he said.
“Like the production people just allowed them to be on the street when we were shooting And Just Like That …,” he continued. “On the street, the paparazzi are just standing right there like they felt like it’s a covert thing and they’re trying to sneak the pictures. They literally are right next to the camera sometimes. I guess production knows from a publicity standpoint they want the publicity.”