Sarah Roebuck always wanted to act, so when she saw an opportunity to appear on a television show, she jumped at the chance.
The Whitmore Lake junior made a guest appearance on an episode of “Low Winter Sun,” an AMC original series that airs at 10 p.m. every Sunday. The show, based off the 2006 British mini-series of the same name, follows a Detroit cop who kills a fellow detective. It stars Mark Strong and Lennie James.
“(Casting director) Ryan Hill does casting for southeast Michigan. All I had to do was submit my age, my height and I had to send in pictures of my face. Then he actually emailed me back,” she said. “He only selected 10 girls for the spot.”
She found out she was chosen for the part the night before the shoot, which happened in May. The shoot for her scene took place in downtown Detroit.
“We went to the Masonic Temple and had someone who checked our hair and our makeup, which was kind of cool,” she said. “We brought a couple of outfits, but they also had a bunch of stuff too. I actually ended up wearing stuff that they had.”
From the Masonic Temple, the cast went to the shooting site, which was at a bar downtown.
“It was a six-hour shoot for a scene that was only 30 seconds,” she said. “We waited on the top floor of the bar and it had the most amazing view of Detroit. I got the best pictures.”
Despite not having any lines in her scene, Roebuck was grateful for the chance to be a featured extra on the show.
“It was basically a ‘stand there and look pretty’ kind of thing,” she said. “Since I was technically a featured extra, I wasn’t allowed to be in any other scenes.”
She said one of the best parts about the shoot was on breaks when Strong, the show’s lead actor, sat down and talked with her.
“He pretty much told me the entire synopsis of the show, and I was like, ‘Well, no surprises now,’ but it was still really cool,” she said. “I’ve never had a full-on conversation with someone famous, so it was cool because he’s doing something I dream to do.”
Roebuck, an experienced actress, was not phased by lights and cameras of “Low Winter Sun,” despite this being her first paid gig.
“I’ve been in theater since I was six years old,” she said. “Acting is not really new to me. I did a project for the two-week Capital City film festival, and I was the only main girl character who had lines in that. But this was my first professional, paid acting role.”
She is also no stranger to Hill. She was cast in a Bollywood movie by Hill called “Writer’s Block,” which was shot in Birmingham.
Roebuck said her experience on the show was everything she expected it to be.
“(The experience) was really awesome, and I met some great friends who I still keep in touch with,” Roebuck said. “It was everything I expected it to be, and I got to see all the behind-the scenes stuff, too.”