HBO's 'Looking' needs extras to play San Francisco hipsters, bears, techies

Looking to make a quick buck? “Looking” might be able to help.

The HBO series about a trio of gay San Franciscans needs extras starting next week, according to, and the casting agency has some interesting requests.

In addition to the “Hipsters, Techies, LGBT Community, Bar Goers, etc.” needed to accurately populate The City, San Francisco-based Beau Bonneau Casting desperately needs hairy “bear types, cubs, chubs, otters, etc.”

“Butch type” lesbians are required immediately, as are transgender individuals. And perhaps in recognition of Victoria Ramos, the Mission's legendary Tamale Lady, “Looking” needs a Latina with a “real, lived-in, interesting face” to portray its Pupusa Cart Lady and fictionally feed hordes of drunken hipsters, techies and bargoers, etc.

Extras will be paid San Francisco's minimum wage of $10.74 an hour, with extra for “Canoe/Kayak experienced Lifeguard Certified Men” and $250 a day for nude extras (no word on the rate for naked extras in canoes).

Stars of the show, which is entering its second season, have been seen around town as well.

An editor spotted actors Jonathan Groff and Murray Bartlett and director Andrew Haigh sipping coffee at the Castro's Sit and Spin on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, one Facebook user consoled himself over a deeply lamented missed connection at a South of Market gay bar last week.

“Russell Tovey from Looking was at the Powerhouse tonight,” the fan sulked. “He might have checked me out, before I probably made him uncomfortable.”


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