How to Get Cast on ‘Legacies’

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To put it briefly, the CW’s “Legacies” is a teen fantasy drama about vampires, werewolves and witches, created by Julie Plec. The series is a spin-off of “The Originals” and its predecessor “The Vampire Diaries,” both also created and co-developed by Plec respectively.

With Season 4 out now, you might want to check out this in-depth guide to getting cast on “Legacies.” We’ll break down everything you need to know about auditioning for the next season of the series—including audition tips from stars Danielle Rose Russell, Kaylee Bryant, and the show’s executive producer Brett Matthews. Plus get the latest insights and updates on the latest open castings for the show. 

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What is “Legacies” about?

“Legacies” is a teen fantasy drama about a group of supernatural beings who come of age and try to live harmoniously in the hallowed non-human halls of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. 

Season 1 of “Legacies” focuses on the main pack of Salvatore students—Hope, Rafael (werewolf), MG (vampire), twins Lizzie and Josie Saltzman (witch), and Landon Kirby (human/phoenix)—as they balance football games, romance, and an onslaught of evil mythical creatures. Season 2 sees an awakening of erased memories and terrifying new creatures, including the return of the group’s old witch nemesis, The Necromancer, who is trying to resurrect the evil golem Malivore. Its cliffhanger ending saw Hope and Landon’s fates in the air as she is locked in a sleeping spell and he has been stabbed by a golden arrow. 

Season 3 picks up with Hope and Landon eventually waking up, though Landon permanently loses his phoenix powers. The Necromancer completes his plan in resurrecting Malivore and leads a large-scale battle against the students of the Salvatore School.

Is “Legacies” currently filming?

While season 4 of "Legacies" is now now for fans to watch, there's also news that the new season of CW's "Legacies” is currently filming in Georgia! This means there will be plenty of opportunities for actors to land a role with the hit series. 

Filming for Season 3 of “Legacies” was to begin filming in January 2020, but was halted due to COVID, and eventually resumed production on October 13, 2020.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Where can you find “Legacies” auditions and casting calls?

With this show, producers and casting directors have generally sought out young adult actors who fit the mold of a CW high school student. Keep checking with Backstage for when those calls are active—and while you’re waiting, check out our list of supernatural projects that are similar to “Legacies” that are now casting.

Where can you find background and extra work for “Legacies”?

Backstage usually gets casting calls for “Legacies”, especially when it comes to background work! So, be sure to keep an eye on Backstage for future opportunities to join the series. Previous casting calls for “Legacies” have included:

Salvatore Students

  • Background/extras
  • All genders, 18-24
  • Looking for actors to portray supernatural high school student vampires, werewolves, and witches
  • All ethnicities
  • Required media: Headshot/photo
  • Pays $75/8 hours

Witches

  • Background/extra
  • Ages 18-26
  • Seeking talent from Atlanta, GA
  • All ethnicities
  • Required media: Headshot/photo
  • Pays $75/8 hours

Werewolves

  • Background/extra
  • All genders, 8-26
  • Seeking talent from Atlanta, GA
  • All ethnicities
  • Required media: Headshot/photo
  • Pays $75/8 hours

Supernatural Townspeople

  • Background/extra
  • All genders, 25-50
  • Seeking talent from Atlanta, GA with unique, edgy looks
  • All ethnicities
  • Required media: Headshot/photo
  • Pays $75/8 hours

Who is in the cast of “Legacies?”

  • Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson
  • Aria Shahghasemi as Landon Kirby
  • Kaylee Bryant as Josie Saltzman
  • Jenny Boyd as Lizzie Saltzman
  • Quincy Fouse as Milton “MG” Greasley
  • Peyton Alex Smith as Rafael Waithe
  • Matthew Davis as Alaric Saltzman
  • Chris Lee as Kaleb Hawkins
  • Ben Levin as Jed
  • Leo Howard as Ethan

It was announced on January 27, 2021 that Omono Okojie would be joining Season 3 playing a new witch student named Cleo.

Who is the casting director for “Legacies”?

Throughout its first three seasons, “Legacies” has been cast by Lesli Gelles-Raymond and Greg Orson of GO Casting, the talent-seeking duo behind “The Following,” “Containment,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and “The Originals.” The number one priority among producers and casting directors? Chemistry—especially on a series dealing with young love. According to David Rapaport, the CD for such CW hits as “Gossip Girl” and “Riverdale,” casting an ensemble like on “Legacies” “falls into place based on the way the casting works.”

What are the best audition tips for landing a role in “Legacies”?

Understand the assignment before going in. Brett Matthews, executive producer of “Legacies,” described the spin-off as “more of a high school show, which is fun because it’s teen love…and that’s hard enough when you’re human, but when you’re supernatural, it’s even worse. I’d say our tone’s a little lighter but we still have all the things that are our brand, which is horrible tragedy and epic romance and it’ll always have that. But it’s a little more high school, a little more fun…[and] it’s very much an ensemble cast. ‘Vampire Diaries’ was always an ensemble. ‘The Originals’ always was, so it’s still very much in that tone. We want it to be a reflection of modern youth and modern reality.”

Doesn’t hurt to do the research. Because the show is a spin-off and part of a large established universe, many characters (and actors) carried over to “Legacies.” Before Danielle Rose Russell auditioned for the role of Hope for the fifth and final season of “The Originals,” she was a huge “Vampire Diaries” fan but didn’t realize until the audition that the shows were connected. “When I got an audition for this, I was very familiar with the characters and the concept,” she said. “But I hadn’t seen anything of ‘The Originals’ until I was down to the end for the role and I watched the whole fourth season, and then when I got it I did my proper homework.”

Kaylee Bryant, who plays Josie Saltzman on the series, and her mom were avid watchers of “The Vampire Diaries” years before she ever got to audition for what was, at the time, an untitled Julie Plec project. “It really is a dream come true,” she said. “I never would have thought that—I was the kind of person where three years ago, five years ago, I was watching videos from ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Comic-Con panel and I was watching videos of Julie Plec talking about watching all the actors audition. It was something that I genuinely spent my spare time enjoying watching and diving into the backstory of it all. Actually going to Comic-Con last week and sitting next to Julie Plec and explaining my character, and trying to explain to the fans that I would be sitting in their spot right now if I didn’t have the opportunity [to be part of the show]. It feels very strange. I feel like I need to prove to them like, ‘Guys, I made it on the inside. It’s possible.’”

Never feel discouraged. “The audition process was a little trying. I remember going in for the callback and I saw like three other girls there and I was like, ‘I’m definitely not going to get this, Definitely’,” says Russell. and then I got an email that Julie [Plec] wanted to get on a Skype call with me, and then I was like, ‘I feel good about this one.’ And it was a great Skype call and I found out like two weeks later. It was a long two weeks.”

Chemistry is the number one priority. According to casting director David Rapaport, finding the right chemistry is important to casting the right ensemble. “In an ideal world, we’d cast the roles at the same time, but most of the time it doesn’t work out that way," he says. "I really have to take a leap of faith. Sometimes we’ll do chemistry readings for love interests to make sure there’s a palpable onscreen chemistry, but a lot of times, you don’t even get to do that and actors read with a reader, usually an associate from my office. I’m piecing together the chemistry in my brain; I never quite know what’s going to happen until I get on set or see the first edit of a pilot. We read people so many times to make sure that there are no questions left unanswered so you know what to expect of what you’re going to get...You have to go through the auditions, studio tests, network tests, screen tests, lots of conversations and back and forth and questioning who’s right and who’s wrong.”

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