CASTING CALL FOR A NEW SERIES
POPULARITY PAPERS


SEEKING A RECURRING ROLE:

  • Male. 12 – 13. Who is from a Scandinavian or Norwegian country.

TALENT MUST BE ABLE TO LEGALLY WORK IN CANADA
TALENT MUST RESIDE IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA
TALENT MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED BY SHOOT
TALENT MUST PAY TAXES IN ONTARIO

Audition material can be found under the full character descriptions below the details!!!


Details

Project: POPULARITY PAPERS (Series)
Episodic: 26 x 30-minute episodes (Scripted comedy)
Rate: Principal ACTRA scale (union or non-union may apply)
Production Companies: Aircraft Pictures and WexWorks Media
Producers: Anthony Leo, Andrew Rosen, Matthew Wexler
Series Created for Television by: Vivian Lin and Amanda Brooke Perrin. Based on the book series by Amy Ignatow.

Networks: YTV
Distributor: BBC Studios
Tentative Outside Dates: July 11 – October 31, 2022
Filming Locations: Toronto and Hamilton


AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS AND FULL CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Friday, June 3, 2022 by 3:00 EST

SELF-TAPES/ QUESTIONS, SEND DIRECTLY TO: popularitypaperscasting@gmail.com

(Please read instructions carefully before sending any questions)

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Character descriptions:

ROLAND ASBJØRNSEN

Male. 12-13. A recent immigrant from Oslo, Roland finds much of North American tween life just a little bit strange, but that’s mostly because he’s under the impression that Lydia and Julie constitute the average North American tween girl. (They do not.) That’s because Roland is naive, overly trusting, and, yes, a bit of an outsider. But Roland’s greatest quality is that he never FEELS out of place. He’s kind and friendly and up for anything. He has no awareness of the social hierarchy of middle school, nor any desire to disrupt it. He remains guileless, and comfortable in his own skin. Roland is also VERY good looking, but completely unaware of this fact. Probably because he’s a Mapleview 10, but an Oslo 3. Roland has a special affinity for Julie. It’s not that he has a “crush” on her. He’s not mature enough for these feelings to be “romantic.” Also, he doesn’t like to put a label on things, but that’s mostly because labels make recycling plastics much more difficult (he cares about the environment).

PRINCIPAL

Tentative/approx # of episodes: 6


SYNOPSIS:

Middle school is the new high school. The life of a preteen girl is tough. You’re 12 going on 13, while everyone else in the class seems like they’re turning 20. Everyone else is trendy, sophisticated, and well…popular. This is a story of two girls hilarious struggles to make it through these formative years, where every day is awkward and the most important day of their lives (!!). While the title, Popularity Papers, may suggest a show about how to become popular, at the heart of it this series is about discovering your authentic self and not trying to be someone else just to fit in. It captures the real challenges of being a tween girl and disarms them with humor, love, and friendship. It’s a show that proves failure is an option, humiliation is good for a laugh and middle school is survivable.

Lydia and Julie are best friends on the hunt for answers to history’s question: How does someone become popular? Through pragmatic (and not-so-pragmatic) testing and social experimentation, they’ll figure out what it really means to be popular and finally get answers to questions like, do you really need to ditch your real friends to become popular? Should you quit the things you’ll love just because they’re considered “uncool”

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