The open casting call for extras for “Sex and the City 2” sought out “international types, professional soccer players, fashion models, urban club goers, gays and lesbians, celebrity types and upscale socialites.” And the wide swath of characters — both professional and amateur — that flocked to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea on a sunny Tuesday afternoon reflected just that.
Carrie Bradshaw wannabees, outlandish gay boyfriends, fashionistas in body-hugging dresses and playboys in Italian suits lined up around the block for the brief meet-and-greet with casting directors for the sequel to last year’s hit chick flick. The orderly crowd moved surprisingly fast, with most spending about 45 minutes in line before getting inside.
Fashionwise, it seemed most seized the opportunity to pay their respects to the movie’s high-low style maestro, Patricia Field. They came decked out in looks ranging from mainstream to outlandish, club chic to downtown grifter, fabulous to freaky, Manhattan Mall to Madison Avenue. For one woman, however, it was more the chance to get dolled up.
“I wore this on July 4,” said Ruth, an actress who described herself as “a senior” and wore a blue-and-white jumpsuit and red heels. “I never wear heels this high. I had knee replacement surgery a year and a half ago, and I couldn’t wear heels that much. I’m glad these are comfortable today.”
Some even came with props — designer shopping bags, yoga mats, flowers, small children and large breasts — as a way to stand out from the crowd.
Though there was no preference for roles — the dream was just to be a part of the movie — some didn’t hesitate to offer suggestions. Dale, a fiftysomething actor in a Calvin Klein suit sporting the blonde hair and white veneered teeth of a newscaster, saw himself as an “Upper East Side chic male.” Danae, a Fashion Institute of Technology student wearing a hot pink pantsuit and oversize glasses, aimed for “regular Manhattan socialite.”
“My homeboys, they bartend. So I’m always at the exclusive clubs — Marquee, Pink Elephant, Cain, the Gansevoort Hotel rooftop. I’m always at the spot,” she said.
And Calista, dressed in head-to-toe black and silver sequins, proclaimed she wanted to be “club goer number one, two and three.”
“Sex and the City” producers weren’t the only ones taking advantage of the hundreds of fashionables looking for their big break. A scout from BBC passed out flyers inviting women ages 21 to 35 to audition for a reality show about pampered city girls learning to eliminate debt, while another from CBS handed out postcards for an unnamed “documentary,” inquiring as to who was single.
Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte may have found happiness on the big screen, but a single girl’s search for love is always a timeless tale.
— Stephanie D. Smith and Nick Axelrod