On January 22, 2019, Drew Barrymore was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. While promoting another project, Colbert asked Barrymore about the film she is currently shooting in New York City titled The Stand-In.
In the film, Barrymore plays two roles: a star actress as well as her lookalike stand-in. The film reportedly tells the story of a stand-in who gets her own chance as a star.
Barrymore talks about her roles in The Stand-In about seven minutes into the interview in the video below:
Other Screen Depictions of Stand-Ins
To date, there have been a number of films and shorts made that depict what it is like to live and work as a stand-in.
Of course, there is also the memorable couple of (porn) stand-ins dramatized in the 2003 film Love Actually.
We have uncovered additional screen depictions of stand-ins as well.
A television pilot shot in 2015 (with help from a Kickstarter campaign) about a stand-in faced with a predisposition to cancer. Watch a behind-the-scenes trailer below:
A comedy short about a stand-in getting a big break. Watch it below:
A low-budget feature film using stand-in work as a metaphor in the pursuit of dreams of making it as an actor
A film depicting stand-ins in 1937, with Katherine Heigl as the stand-in for Rita Hayworth (or Katherine Hepburn if trivia is to be trusted). Watch the trailer below:
Will Interest in Stand-In Work Increase with Barrymore’s Film?
We expect the profile of Stand-In Central may rise upon the release of another film about stand-ins. Barrymore’s film has the potential to add to the mystique of stand-ins and the dreams many stand-ins have of being upgraded to principal work or even getting their own career breaks as an actor.
Should you want to learn what is actually involved in working as a stand-in, we would suggest studying up! Our downloadable ebook The Stand-In Handbook goes into rich detail about working as a stand-in. (Hint: It’s a lot more than just standing!)
The Stand-In Handbook is available here on the Stand-In Central website. To learn more about the ebook, watch our latest commercial:
Do you know of any other screen depictions of stand-ins? Maybe a movie or a television episode? If so, share any insights below in the comments section below!