Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Sex, stars and (fake) partying on set of 'Spring Breakers'

WHAT'S THIS FILM RATED?: "Are any of you comfortable with making out with another girl?" was not what I expected to hear at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. A producer for the movie Spring Breakers was walking up and down rows of extras looking for prospects.

And later, I will admit I was shocked when I saw what the crew referred to as the "A" team: select girls who ran around the set partying topless. Now I see why extras had to be at least 18 years old.

CAMERA TIME: All the "spring breakers" were armed with empty beer cans and bottles and neon Solo cups. They poured Monster energy drink in any clear cups to resemble beer. I was placed on the second balcony level overlooking the pool near the DJ, who wasn't actually spinning music. I thought to myself: "I am never going to make it on camera up here." Everyone danced and pretended to have a total blast.

STARSTRUCK: After about an hour or so of filming, the crew began moving people to the other end of the balcony. To my surprise, the four stars of the movie walked out of one of the rooms just a few people away from me! It was hard not to gawk. As extras, we weren't allowed to approach or talk to the stars, so I just watched them out of the corner of my eye. I danced and yelled right alongside Vanessa, Selena, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine.

THE PAYOFF: After the stars left, people slowly began to trickle out. I stuck out the full day, and it paid off. This time, Selena filmed a scene one person over from me. I was close enough to see the small music note tattoo on her right wrist and listen to them run their lines.

LONG DAY: From 9:45 a.m. when we arrived until we began setting up for filming at 2:10 p.m., we had to sit in silence — can't talk when cameras are rolling! — and wait.

It wasn't until 6:30 p.m. that the director yelled "Cut!" for the last time. My day as a movie extra was over.

Angela Skane, 18, is a senior at St. Petersburg High School.

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