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5 Movies We All Secretly Want To Be Extras In

Cover Photo by Vincentas Liskauskas via Unsplash

I’m not an actress. I didn’t even make it past my elementary school’s drama club audition in the fourth grade. For some reason, though, I seriously can’t shake the desire to be an extra in a blockbuster film. I crave the bustle and excitement of being on a massive set. I’d love to see what it actually takes to build a showstopper from the bottom up. If you too wish you could have a ten-second cameo in a motion picture, keep reading for the list of movies we all secretly want to be extras in.

1. Mamma Mia!

I think this one goes without saying. The beautiful location, the groovin’ music, the perfectly choreographed dance numbers…come on. What more could you want? The sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is an equally enviable choice. I’m talking specifically about the scene where Bill and Harry ride into the island with a whole fleet of boats behind them. I’ll grab a brightly-colored shirt and meet you in Greece.


2. Harry Potter

While I would gladly take a role in any film from this franchise, what I really have in mind is the Yule Ball scene from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The setting is absolutely stunning, complete with ice sculptures that look like something out of the Louvre. Few other movies have been able to replicate the magic, the wintry cheer, and the communal warmth of this film. 

3. Footloose

There’s no way I can come close to Kevin Bacon’s killer moves in this 1984 classic, but I can certainly do my best. There are so many iconic acts in this energizing feature. Ren’s uber dramatic dance-gymnastics stress relief session in the empty warehouse? Or the part where Ariel puts all her friends at risk so she can have a “main character” moment as a truck barrels towards her? While I’m unsure whether or not the actors in the final dance scene have been able to get that immense amount of glitter out of their hair yet, that’s a risk I’d be willing to take. 


4. The Great Gatsby

I’m referring to Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 version, of course. While being in the vicinity of Leonardo DiCaprio would be pretty cool on its own, getting paid to listen to Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” and watch fireworks grace the sky sounds like a sweet deal. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel by the same name is certainly something that can never be one-upped, but this film definitely highlights the absurdity and the tragedy of the original story. 

5. La La Land

I am very passionate about this film. This work of art by Damien Chazelle is regal and airy and imaginative, yet it also remains powerful and grounded. It’s a cinematic masterpiece with an impeccable score. If only I had a nickel for every time I sat in traffic and got the urge to blast “Another Day of Sun,” get out of the car, and incite a massive dance number. 


In which movie would you most want to be an extra? Let us know in the poll below!

Cover Photo by Vincentas Liskauskas via Unsplash

  • What’s your pick?

    • Mamma Mia!
    • Harry Potter
    • Footloose
    • The Great Gatsby
    • La La Land


Written by Megan Pontin

Enthusiastic word-collector, avid pancake-consumer, and experienced hammock-lounger. Student at Cornell University.

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