Official blog for actress Rebecca Metz and Working Actor Wisdom career and audition coaching

Double DVR Alert!

Catch me in all my Venice Beach finery on NCIS: Los Angeles this Monday 3/9 on CBS (ep. "Savoir Faire," usually on at 9 pm but check local listings), and...

My final appearance on this season of Shameless (ep. "Carl's First Sentencing") is next Sunday 3/15 on Showtime.

Thank you as always for the support -- it's working, people!

A Critical Moment for LA Theater

Small theater in Los Angeles, known locally as "99 seat theater," has been a creative and professional godsend to me. It has brought me tremendous artistic fulfillment, introduced me to some of my most cherished friends, and helped me get my work seen by other theater and industry professionals.

The terms that govern small theater in Los Angeles are due for a change, and Actors' Equity is in the process of deciding how that change will play out. Their initial proposal is not what I'd hoped for, and has sparked a lot of fear and anger among Equity actors in LA. Yesterday, I attended an Equity Membership Meeting at which I had the opportunity to express my thoughts about the proposed changes. Here's what I said:

My name is Rebecca Metz. I am a working actor and have been a proud Equity member for 16 years.

The notion that actors who make our livings on-camera are, by necessity, “hobbyists” in the theater is absurd. We are every bit as professional, trained, talented, and deserving of meaningful representation in our union as any other Equity members in any other city.

The success of Equity’s renewed focus on Los Angeles depends on a respectful, collaborative relationship between LA Members and our union, and this issue will set the tone for that relationship for years to come.

One reason I love working in small theater is that I love developing new work, and small theaters are largely where that process happens. Anyone who has developed new work knows that the first draft of a new project is never ready for production. It’s not that the writer did anything wrong, it’s just that there’s a big difference between something that works on paper, and something that works in the hands of real, living, breathing actors.

This proposal is a first draft. It is a necessary step on the road to a final product, but it is not ready for production. It’s not that anyone did anything wrong, but it does not work for the real, living, breathing actors it affects.

We don’t only come here today to challenge a one-size fits all plan that prices Equity actors out of the work we love. We come with alternatives that achieve Equity’s stated goals while preserving the creative infrastructure we have worked so hard to build. Some of these alternatives are based on existing SAG/AFTRA contracts that address the same needs and challenges in-on camera work, while preserving basic labor and safety protections for dues-paying members. Others, like the proposal at, put small theaters on the path to bigger Equity contracts.

We know that changes to the current 99-seat plan are needed.
We agree that more actors should make more money from the work being done in Los Angeles.

We want change, but not this change. We are asking you to stop the clock, reach out to the leaders of our community, and work with us as partners, rather than as adversaries.

Thank you.

I'll try to add more information to this post in coming days, but for now, please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about 99 seat theater and the proposed changes. I hope and believe there is a way forward that everyone can live with.

Coming Soon to NCIS LA!

I had a fantastic time at Venice Beach yesterday, shooting NCIS: Los Angeles with the absurdly fun & talented Daniella Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, and crew! Stay tuned for air date, and thanks as always for the support!


I'm Getting Messy in Season 5 of Showtime's "Shameless"!

It's finally here... Set your DVRs... Season 5 of the messiest, sexiest, best-acted show on television starts Sunday at 9, and I'll be mixing it up with the lovely Emmy Rossum, the every-bit-as-wonderful-as-you-hoped-he'd-be Dermot Mulroney, and a pair of seriously embellished jeans. I show up more than once, so get yourself a season pass and settle in for some dirty, sexy, serious fun!

Broadus is a HIT!

The reviews are in for "The Behavior of Broadus", and they're crazy good.

"... made up of equal parts whimsy, wacky, profane and profound... a wickedly entertaining watershed... a bluegrass Dada cabaret in a shimmering petri dish... played to the hilt and beyond by a fantastic ensemble... a groundbreaking new musical. You have just been psychologically programmed to reserve tickets immediately." - LA Times

"... this piece is a transcendent breakthrough... From director Matt Almos and co-director Ken Roht, whose signature joyful style... is intact but somehow clearer; to the always grounded Hugo Armstrong who plays Broadus and strings together 20 years of work in a single night; to the uniformly stunning cast... this is LA's intimate theater at its complicated best. Don't miss this one." - KCRW

"... a beautifully acted, entrancing spectacle..." - LA Weekly

"... a near non-stop knee slapper... delightfully twisted musical... a terrific ensemble, whose singing and dancing are the show’s comic marrow" - StageRaw

If you haven't seen it, you are missing out. Come. 

Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 3 through October 18.


Recovery Road

I had the great pleasure of shooting the ABC Family pilot 'Recovery Road' last week. I'm not exactly ABC Family's target demographic, so I was surprised to find that the script tackles real, serious, dark issues right from page 1.

The writers (Bert V. Royal and Karen DiConcetto) are the nicest people on earth, the whole cast and crew felt like one big family, and it turns out there's a good reason - I worked with Director Larry Trilling and about 2/3 of the crew on 'Parenthood'! As soon as I figured that out, I knew I was in for a great time. Larry has the rare ability to run a fun, relaxed, happy, creative set while cranking through setups with amazing efficiency.

And the icing on the cake was our location. When this is your office, it's a pretty good day. 

Everyone cross your fingers for a pickup!

On location for the ABC Family pilot 'Recovery Road' at Mount St. Mary's College in Westwood, Los Angeles.

On location for the ABC Family pilot 'Recovery Road' at Mount St. Mary's College in Westwood, Los Angeles.

DVR Alert - Californication

Ladies and gents, set your TiVos (or whatever you call you DVR robot) for Californication… This Sunday, June 1, 9:30 PM on Showtime. The episode is called '30 Minutes or Less' and I've got a really funny scene with David Duchovny.

(Some people saw it this past Sunday, which is some kind of crazy magic, because Showtime says it hasn't aired yet. If you're one of those people, buy me a lottery ticket.)

'With You' Trailer

A few months ago, I drove out into the California desert to shoot a beautiful short film. It's getting ready to hit the festival circuit, but I got my hands on a sneak peek...

'Californication' Here I Come...

Do you remember where you were on June 24, 2013? 

I was at Sony Studios, getting up close and personal with the infamous RV from 'Breaking Bad' and shooting a great role in Season 7 of the Showtime hit 'Californication', which premieres this Sunday, April 13.

I show up midway through the season in a hilarious scene with Hank - stay tuned for air dates and perhaps a juicy story from the set… In the meantime, here's what the final season has in store...

Write Club LA

I'm doing a little something this Monday March 10 @ 7pm at the Bootleg Theater called Write Club LA. 

Write Club is three rounds - two opposing writers with two opposing ideas in each round, seven minutes apiece. The audience picks the winner and the prize money goes to charity!

I'll be facing off against the head of the LA Ladies Arm Wrestling League, Amanda McRaven in Quiet vs. Riot.

Which side am I on? COME AND SEE!

Indie Feature Fun

I'm just back from a much-needed vacation in Tulum, Mexico… But just before that, I had the pleasure of working with Jake Hoffman on his first project as writer/director; A feature film called Asthma.

Asthma stars Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) and Goran Visnjic (ER), and in it, "A young rock n roller picks up a stunning tattoo artist in a stolen classic." (Classic car, that is.) I show up in deliciously seedy circumstances, I had an absolute ball shooting… and I now have some very handy connections if I ever need to sell something for quick cash.

Principal photography just wrapped. I'll share news as I get it!

Praise for My Middle

Not that middle (though that's fabulous too.) I'm talking about The Middle on ABC, and the season premiere - which I'm proud to have been part of - in particular.

Veteran television writer/director/producer Ken Levine wrote a lovely bog post praising the series and the season opener.

Not only is it a great show, it's a great show to work on, so the praise - especially from someone who knows his stuff - is well deserved indeed. 


The Middle

I've got a fun bit with Patricia Heaton on next week's Season 5 premiere of 'The Middle'.  


Fans of the show will be happy to know that the cast and crew were ridiculously lovely to work with. When you're doing a small role, it's usually best to just stay out of the way and let everyone focus on the bigger moving parts - I always figure my job in such situations is to get in, kick ass, and get out. But several crew members came by to let me know we'd worked together on other shows, I had a wonderful talk with the director about the very specific tone of the show and how hard it often is for guest actors to get it right, and another great talk with Patricia Heaton about our respective career paths.  

Sets are surprising places, and sometimes not for the better, so I'm extra grateful that my day on a great show was also such a great day. Tune in and enjoy!