Victoria model Michelle Mansilla cast as extra in 'Revolution'
Jan. 6, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 5, 2014 at 7:06 p.m.
Michelle Mansilla did more in December than celebrate the holidays with her friends and family.
She also spent her time in front of the camera as an extra in two television series.
Her mother and manager, Leslie Mansilla, saw an opportunity for her 21-year-old daughter to be an extra in the NBC Network series "Revolution" and registered her with On Location Casting, a company with offices in Texas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New Mexico.
Mansilla, who models locally, said it was something she hoped she would fit into. Standing at 5-feet-1-inch tall with three tattoos and a pierced nose and belly button, she had a feeling she fit the bill.
"They wanted people who were edgy," she said. "There were people covered in tattoos there."
On Dec. 4 and 5, the Mansillas traveled to the "Revolution" set outside of Austin to shoot scenes in "New Vegas." Mansilla was cast as a resident of a community that rebuilt Las Vegas and turned it into their new home.
She participated in two scenes while in Austin. In one, she was a resident walking around in the background, and in the other, she was a spectator during a fight scene.
"They told us what to do, and they placed us where we needed to be," Mansilla said.
A few days after visiting the "Revolution" set, Mansilla and her mother returned to Austin for a chance to be an extra in a new series for the El Rey Network.
On Dec. 9, Mansilla was cast as a kidnapped girl from Mexico in "From Dusk Till Dawn," which is a continuation of the 1996 movie with George Clooney.
"My daughter couldn't take it seriously. She was supposed to be scared, but she kept laughing," her mother said.
The experiences varied, Mansilla said, but they gave her a chance to see what it's like to be a part of a larger and small production.
Mansilla is waiting for another chance to join the set of "Revolution" and is taking her time to catch up on the series through NetFlix.
"It was really cool to be included," Mansilla said. "I definitely would do it again."