Published: Nov 17, 2010
Ashley Lay ’13 put on the headphones, held the script in her hands and listened to the dialogue as the cast and crew of ABC’s Modern Family
filmed an episode of the television comedy on location at a Hollywood mall.
later, Lay became part of the show as an extra and will make her
television debut tonight when the show airs “Manny Get Your Gun” at 9
p.m. Lay walks into the scene right behind Jesse Tyler Ferguson
(Mitchell Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker) and Norman Lloyd
(who has worked with Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles). The scene
includes a flash mob dance with Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the mall.
“It was a really neat experience,” said Lay, of Tampa. “I can’t wait to see it. The dialogue is really funny.”
all started with jaw surgery. This summer Lay was stuck at home after
the surgery, eating with a syringe. She said her dad felt bad for her,
especially since her younger sister, Kelsey, an National Hot Rod
Association competitive drag racer, was out racing all summer. So her
dad went online to charitybuzz.com, bid on and won an experience he
thought Ashley would not only enjoy, but benefit from.
Lay is a
film and media arts major who wants to eventually move to California to
pursue a career in film. She wants to experience it all, from directing
to producing to writing to acting.
“I’d like to be the next Ron Howard,” she said.
Since the Lay family is a huge Modern Family
fan, the Charitybuzz experience was a perfect fit. Ashley flew with her
parents to Hollywood in mid-October for four days of meeting the
actors, touring the sets and becoming part of the action.
experience definitely helped me both in terms of academics and my
career,” Lay said. “It showed me how they do it in the real world and
how everything comes together. It’s just amazing.”
production assistant Rachael Field, a recent Northwestern graduate, who
was able to relate to Lay as a mentor. She encouraged the UT sophomore
to study abroad and look into an internship with a production company.
By the end of the trip, Lay was inspired.
“It motivates me to learn more and do more and get to Los Angeles to work,” Lay said.Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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