This is my full costume as a 17th century Puritan settler in Salem. This was taken in the huge, heated tent where they served food to the cast and crew, next to the wardrobe and make-up area. The food was amazing, and the crew was super nice to work with.
After you go through wardrobe, make up and hair, there’s an extra step if you are playing a character that’s injured: the blood station. This is me getting “bloodied up” for one scene.
This is me after my visit to the “blood” station. From here, it’s a short walk to the set, but there is a van that drives you to the more distant part of the set. All the modern stuff — cars and cables and forklifts and every kind of equipment — is hidden so it never accidentally gets into a scene set in the 17th century.
Last spring, I worked on several episodes of season 3 of WGN’s TV series Salem. My episodes have finally aired, so I can post some on-set photos.
When you work on a TV series, you sign a contract that says you won’t post any photos until after your episode airs. There are actual money damages owed if you do, and you certainly won’t work for the series or production company again.
But it’s finally ok to post, so here are some pictures of me in costume as one of the refugee kids on Salem. It was a great experience. The set was amazing — a complete 17th century village spread out over 14 acres. The wardrobe shop was huge, and the costumes were great. They pay attention to every little detail, and it shows on the series.
Season 3 was the final season for the series. Wonder what happened to all the buildings where we filmed? The classroom where kids worked with the on set teacher for 3 hours every day was tucked inside one of the shops. Most of my scenes were filmed outside, in the village streets. So much fun!
When you’re not on set, if you’re an extra or “day player”, you wait in the holding area between takes or when they aren’t ready for you on set. The stars have their own trailers, but most of the actors are sitting around long wooden tables with their phones or computers out.