Johnson City student to appear in award-winning TV series

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — A Johnson City high school senior is earning his 15 seconds of fame as an extra for Amazon’s hit series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Parker Howland’s dream of being on TV became a reality when he received an email after a casting call for the show..

“So I opened it up and it said, ‘from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and the first thing was, ‘we’d like you to be in the show,'” Howland said.

Howland joined other aspiring extras for a casting call held at the Forum Theatre in spring.

“It was tons of people. Tons and tons of people, so it was crazy to see everybody and think, ‘I had a chance,'” Howland said.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is set in the 1950s. Howland is not allowed to reveal his costume, but said as soon as he arrived on the set, crews transformed his look to fit the era.

“I got my makeup and I got my hair trimmed and fixed,” Howland explained. “I put on my costume and we sat around…and basically everybody was dressed with the period and had their hair all done,” Howland said.

Howland filmed his scene at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in Deposit.

“They were in an ice cream parlor and I sat at one of the tables and I ate ice cream all day long,” he said.

Interacting with the two main characters, played by Rachel Brosnahan and Michael Zegen, was surreal for the student, who says he is considering either in theater or education in college.. Howland said Brosnahan chimed in when the extras were chatting.

Howland said filming for the show gave him a taste of what a career in acting might be like.

“I think it’s a career path that I would love to take,” Howland said,  “I don’t know if that’s what I’m going to do but theater is one of my passions. I love performing and so if I was to be on TV, that would be amazing.”

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