Heads up, Capital Region! Here's your chance to be on HBO!

So many films and television shows have used the Capital Region as their filming locations, but one of the biggest productions here in recent memory is HBO’s The Gilded Age.  

Set in 1880s New York City, The Gilded Age follows Marian Brooke (Louisa Jacobson) who,

inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old-money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George and Bertha Russell. – HBO

Troy’s beautifully preserved downtown provided the perfect place to shoot season one, as it looks more like gilded NYC than NYC itself.

Gilded Glamour Is Coming Back

Location scouts were recently atop the Hart-Cluett Museum looking for the perfect rooftop in Troy to superimpose a CGI Brooklyn Bridge behind. Season two will feature the NYC landmark’s 1883 grand opening.

Several Trojan storefronts were featured in season one, the park at Washington Square has subbed in for Madison Square Park, and - maybe most impressive of all - Monument Square was turned into Times Square at night.

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See How VFX Designers Fully Transformed Troy Into 1880s NYC

Gilded Age Wants You!

Here’s your big chance to make HBO: producers are currently casting extras to play upper-, middle-, and working-class people from 1880s New York City. (I doubt you get to pick which, sorry.) Extras must be available for TBD filming dates August 1 through 26 and preferably live in Troy. Applicants must also be able to schedule costume fittings and required COVID tests.

A Look At Your Potentially Gilded Life Behind the Scenes

How and Where To Apply

Send an email with your

  • Name
  • Current photos
  • Phone number
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Clothing sizes
  • Shoe size

to gildedage@gwcnyc.com with the subject line “TGA Troy Local.” Also include if you're a SAG-AFTRA member in good standing or not.


With any luck, you'll see yourself soon on the silver screen!

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