Alright, there’s this thing that has been causing me to go “hmmm” for a good long while, and last night it came to a boil while YB and I sat watching through all the HBO previews that scrolled across the screen before Westworld season two came on. There has been this trend the past few years, I can’t put my finger on when exactly it began, but where feature film stars have started to come “down” to television.
Back in the day, not that long ago, when I was still busting my ass trying to get an acting career up off the ground, where there film actors and there were TV actors. Film thought that television was beneath them, and theater actors thought the only authentic acting art-form was the stage. Each stuck firmly to their medium. So the television actors were happy. That acting landscape belonged exclusively to them. Now, Yannick and I have always been of the mindset that being on TV every single week is the way to go. You’re consistently in people’s lives, and homes. Plus who doesn’t want a regular steady paycheque??
But, very recently, as in within the last five years, film actors, and stage, have clearly figured out what television actors have known all along. That TV is a great gig IF you can get it.
And get it they’re now ALL DOING.
I mean HELLO Oscar winning actresses, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are doing Big Little Lies, and then killing it with nominations in that medium as well. Now, we have Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood on Westworld. Sarah Jessica Parker has always danced between all three, she began on stage in New York, from there she went to television with Square Pegs, and then did countless films, and then back to TV with Sex In The City, then back to films, and now back on TV with Divorce. But last night, was the nail in the coffin of my frustration when I saw ads for Sharp Objects, starring multi Golden Globe winning, and Oscar nominated actress Amy Adams. Now this always busy actress also gone “down to TV.” And I’ve met Amy, stood beside her at Universal Studios in a line for a good ten minutes, we chatted, her daughter chatted with me and my girls, she’s LOVELY. I’ve always been a fan of her work, that moment made me a fan of her as a person. So I don’t begrudge her work, but I do have a deep empathy for all the television actresses who were on the cusp of “making it” who might never now. I mean, honestly, even my absolute favourite, and most winning actress/actor of all times Meryl Streep is doing it.
Like, seriously, don’t you all have enough work, money, awards, accolades etc?? Can’t you leave some of this acting shit for other talented people trying to fulfill their heart’s desire?? I feel the same way whenever I see a musical film that easily could have been brilliantly cast with theater performers, yet they choose A-list names with mediocre singing voices. Makes me sad.
My heart goes out to all the other actors and actresses, my husband included, who used to have a shot at getting a TV show in the States. Not anymore folks, the film actors are snapping up all the high end, critically acclaimed television AND film roles. It just doesn’t seem right. It now works like this: when studios and producers are looking to cast new TV shows, whether they’re for a broadcaster, or a cable channel, or one of the online networks, like Netflix or Hulu they start at the top. Because they can. So the offers for the roles go out to bonafide film stars, meaning actors/actresses that can still open a film at the box office. Should they turn it down, then the powers that be start sniffing around at the actors who “used” to open a movie, like Orlando Bloom, Christian Slater, Patrick Demspey. Should those actors pass, they then ask performers who used to be on a hit TV series, like Katherine Heigl, Rachel Bilson, Ian Somerhalder. If all those people turn down the chance for a new series, then they ask washed up haven’t had a series since I gave birth to Mikaela if they would like the job. If miracles of all miracles happens that all these people say NO, then, and only then do they have auditions for actors who maybe haven’t had the gift of having a US series yet in their lifetime.
Crazy town. It used to be that only 10% of all actors registered within actors unions were making a living wage, now, with this current trend I’d put that number down to 5%, maybe even lower. All I can say is that man oh man am I counting my blessings that Yanny Bissony is not only a gainfully employed actor, but has been for the past twelve years straight. Thank you baby Jesus, and thank you to all of you for watching MM for all these years.
Who loves you guys?
This bitch does!