Austin, TX open casting call for ABC Family teen drama 'The Lying Game'

ABC Family The Lying Game Open Casting Call

ABC Family has ordered 12 more episodes of "The Lying Game" for season 1.
AB Media Publishing, LLC

Update: On April 24, 2012, "The Lying Game" was renewed for a second season, which will premier in Winter, 2012.

The ABC Family series "The Lying Game", based on a series of novels of the same name by Sara Shepard, held an open casting call for extras in Austin, TX on November 19, 2011. All ages and types are still needed and can submit a photo and contact information. The show is filmed at the Austin Studios and various locations in and around the Austin area.

"The Lying Game" is currently half way through airing it's first season and is off for a mid season break, and returns for the second half of its season on January 2, 2012. However shooting will continue because ABC Family has bumped up "The Lying Game" another 10 episodes for season one to a total of 20.

The series follows the life of Emma (Alexandra Chando), a foster child who finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton (also played by Chando). Both girls were separated at birth with Sutton being adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues their birth mother in Los Angeles. Initially excited to do this favor for her sister, Emma soon learns that Sutton has many hidden secrets. Now, Emma must continue to cover as Sutton while Sutton continues her search for their birth mother.

Starring in "The Lying Game" is Daytime Emmy Award nominated actress Alexandra Chando in the dual lead role(s) of Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer. Chando is best known for her role of Maddie Coleman in "As the World Turns". Other series regulars include Allie Gonino, Alice Greczyn, Kirsten Prout, and Andy Buckley.

Charles Pratt, Jr. is the shows creator, head writer, and executive producer. His credits as writer include the soaps "Santa Barbara," "General Hospital," "All My Children," as well as "Life Goes On," "Models Inc". Producing credits include "Melrose Place," "Titans," "Desperate Housewives," "Vanished ," and "Ugly Betty".

If you missed the open casting call below you can still be considered. Download and fill out the Talent Registration Form, attach your photograph, and mail it to the extras casting office at the following address:

3rd Coast Extras
"The Lying Game"
501 N. IH-35
Austin, TX 78702

Or email it to

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Texas and in the United States.

The 2012 Austin Actors Resource Guide includes the following information and documents for minors and foreign talent who would like to audition for "The Lying Game" or work as an extra on the show:

• Child Labor Laws in Texas
• Summary of the Texas Child Labor Law
• Texas Child Labor Law FAQ
• Texas Limitations on Employment of Child Actors
• Texas Application for Child Actor - Performer Authorization
• Texas Application Exceptions for Child Extras
• Texas Workforce Commission Teen Application for Certificate of Age
• Texas Child Labor Complaint Form
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

In addition to the following Louisiana Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Casting Directors List
• Extras Casting Directors List
• Talent Agents List
• Acting Coaches, Classes, and Schools List
• Headshot Photographers List
• Headshot Mass Printing Photo Labs
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• General Talent Agent Information
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Resources
• PDF Users Guide

The 2012 Austin Actors Resource Guide eBook is available here.

Open Casting Call Details

The extras casting director is seeking all types over the age of 18 who can play high school age and are within reasonable driving distance of the Austin, TX area. No prior experience is necessary. This is a fully paid job.

Please bring a non-returnable recent color snapshot with you to the open casting call.


Austin Studios
1901 East 51st Street
Austin, TX 78723
Inside the "Red Building" Production Offices. Use Gate 2 by the large white water tower.
Click Here for directions.


Saturday November 19, 2011
9:00am - 7:00pm

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Lisa Ystrom
Tim Payne
Payne/Ystrom Casting
10200 Riverside Drive
Suite 201
Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Austin, TX:

Beth Sepko Casting
"The Lying Game" Casting
501 N. IH-35
Austin, TX 78702

Extras Casting

Austin, TX:

3rd Coast Extras
"The Lying Game" Background
501 N. IH-35
Austin, TX 78702

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

ABC Family
3800 W Alameda Ave
Burbank, CA 91505

Alloy Entertainment
6300 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 2150
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Warner Horizon Television
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Horizon Scripted Television Inc
1409 S Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215

Producers: Gina Girolamo, Leslie Morgenstein, Charles Pratt, Jr., Randy Sutter, R. Lee Fleming Jr.


David Jackson
Fred Gerber
Joe Lazarov

Note: Additional directors work various episodes. In television shows composed of individual episodes, the television director's role differs from that of a film director in that he or she may work only on some television episodes as opposed to the director of an entire film production. In episodic television productions, the major creative control resides with a producer of the show. The television producer with creative control is called the showrunner.


Alexandra Chando - Emma Becker/Sutton Mercer
Andy Buckley - Ted Mercer
Allie Gonino - Laurel Mercer
Kirsten Prout - Char Chamberlin
Alice Greczyn - Mads Rybak
Blair Redford - Ethan Whitehorse
Helen Slater - Kristin Mercer


The show follows Emma (Chando), a kind-hearted foster kid who can’t catch a break. She finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton (also played by Chando), who – unlike Emma – was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on their birth mother. Initially excited to do this favor for her sister, Emma soon learns that Sutton has gone missing and could be in trouble. Now, Emma must decide whether to come clean to Sutton’s family and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s true whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place.