Technically, at this point, I guess I could say I’m officially one of those professional trans women actresses that everyone claims don’t exist when they write trans characters now. I wound up earning a few bucks last year spending an afternoon glaring at Fred Armisen in the shooting of what became my blink-and-you-miss-it cameo on the television show Portlandia. The episode (Season 5, Ep 8), first airing Feb 26,2015, is called “House For Sale”, and the sketch I appear in (SPOILERS) was based on a creepy as hell true story.
ALSO A TRUE STORY: The belt dangling out of my mouth in that scene is the cameraman’s, and the idea to have it in my mouth was director Steve Buscemi’s. This makes my Bacon Number officially 2.
The closest I was allowed to get to Steve Buscemi with my phone camera.
It was pretty cool watching them set up the place. They packed all sorts of doodads and fake graffitti and junk; too many for the camera to even catch at once. I was actually surprised and disappointed that the “perpetually flaming shopping cart” barely wound up onscreen at all.
And yeah, that’s my knee in the shot. Here’s a pic of me on the couch on the porch. Kinda bummed in hindsight that I didn’t keep the pigtails in when they were finally shooting the scene I was in, but I was getting a headache.
And here’s some fake drug plants that were scattered all over the front yard, yet barely visible in the final scene.
This dude showed up thinking his sweet yo-yo juggling tricks were gonna get some screentime. They did not.
The shoot took about eight hours, and I was in front of the camera for maybe 20 minutes. Getting direction from Steve Buscemi left me kind of starstruck, but he was really sweet and down-to-earth the whole time, as was the rest of the cast. It was a pretty cool experience overall and I had a lot of fun.