When I first began this blog, I wrote about being an extra for a location shoot here in San Francisco. It was for the TV series Party of Five. I was in London when “my” episode was broadcast, and the later seasons of the series have not yet been released on DVD. It’s taken fifteen years, but today I finally got to see my big moment onscreen. It’s season four, episode 6: Immediate Family, which aired on October 29, 1997. I walked behind Julia (Neve Campbell) and Griffin (Jeremy London) as they strolled through Alamo Square. Here’s the scene, followed by a slow motion clip of my walk through. I only know it’s me because of the hat I was wearing. Such exciting stuff!
Here’s the photo I took of my friend and Jeremy London at the Legion of Honor the day before, where we watched another scene being filmed. That night in Alamo Square, once we were done filming, we got London to autograph her copy of the photo. We didn’t want to bother him too much, so mine isn’t signed.
So, my Hollywood career ended almost as soon as it began, with a couple of seconds of actual screen time in a dimly lit park on a chilly San Francisco night. It was fun while it lasted.
Jeremy London is in the news this week, coming forward about his struggle with prescription drugs. It makes me sad, because I have fond memories of meeting him back in 1997.
Jeremy played Griffin on Party of Five from 1995 until 2000. Because the show was set in San Francisco, and I knew the location scout, I got to be an extra when they were filming exteriors (the interiors were shot in Los Angeles). First I went with a friend and simply watched when they filmed in front of The Legion of Honor. During a break in filming we approached Jeremy for a photo. He was very friendly. I told him I was born in Oklahoma but grew up in San Diego, and he said he was born in San Diego and grew up in Oklahoma. It was a small thing but it made us both smile.
My friend and I joined the filming again the following evening at Alamo Square, which is a famous San Francisco landmark. First we were in a long shot behind Matthew Fox (now on Lost). Then we were in the background of a scene with Jeremy and Neve Campbell. After filming, Jeremy was happy to autograph the photo I’d taken the day before.
I enjoyed the experience of being an extra for one night, but it was a lot of standing around waiting, and I don’t have the patience to do it regularly. Those night shoots go on and on, and it gets pretty chilly in San Francisco. Besides, if you show too much interest in the actors, you don’t get much respect from the film crew. Let’s face it, I was there for all the wrong reasons!
Anyway, things seem to be going better for Jeremy London after a visit to rehab last year, and he’s working steadily. His twin brother Jason is also an actor, best known for playing Pink in Dazed and Confused (love that movie!). Oddly enough, he’s the twin I’ve been worried about. In Jason’s recent TV appearances (NCIS, A Golden Christmas) he has looked heavily made-up and not very healthy. You can guess which twin I thought had the drug problem. I hope they’re both going to be okay.
Jason and Jeremy London, then and now.