You don’t need to be a professional actor to star in the new Mark Ruffalo show. In fact, you need to be a local to be considered at the upcoming HBO series’ casting call, which goes down at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie.
An open call for the limited six-episode series, I Know This Much Is True, starring Mark Ruffalo, takes place on February 23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The show is based on Wally Lamb’s 1998 bestselling fiction book, which explores family dynamics, mental illness, and the influence of the past on the present.
“Due to the high interest, we recommended that the open call be moved to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and luckily that worked out,” says Director of Hudson Valley Film Commission Laurent Rejto.
Any local residents of the Hudson Valley, regardless of age, are welcome to try out for speaking and non-speaking parts. Before attending the call, interested individuals should fill out the Google application form and have a headshot ready to bring with them. The headshot does not need to be professional.
Along with local residents, the Hudson Valley Film Commission seeks picture, or period, cars from 1920 to 1990. Please contact the commission directly for more information.
The series shoots in 2019 from March to September and films in Poughkeepsie and Wappingers Falls. Other locations include towns in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties. According to Daily Freeman, the Ulster Town Board allowed HBO’s request to use parts of Route 209 for highway scenes between Sawkill Road and Route 28. Because of this, certain sections of the road will be shut down for three days on April 23, June 3, and August 1.
Film production is a major industry in the Hudson Valley, which has welcomed a number of different cinematic projects in recent months. Flicks like A Quiet Place, Last Vermont, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and Stray Bullets, for example, feature locations like New Paltz, Rhinebeck, Phoenicia, Saugerties, and more.
This February, Stockade Works, which was founded by Dutchess resident and actress Mary Stuart Masterson, accepted applications for a Boot Camp to help people make connections and learn from the industry. The group partnered with HBO’s I Know This Much Is True to prepare trainees for different opportunities in the industry.