Vice President Kamala Harris has faced widespread criticism from those who believe her public persona is disingenuous and inauthentic.
That perception was bolstered this week when reports confirmed a group of children featured alongside her in a video consisted of actors who auditioned for their respective roles.
“Hey Trevor, you booked it”
According to the Washington Examiner, Harris has joined forces with YouTube for a video series called Get Curious with Vice President Harris.
While the child actors featured in the new video apparently exhibited some level of skill, the vice president’s performance struck many viewers as stilted and at times difficult to watch.
KSBW reported that one of the children, 13-year-old Trevor Bernardino, is an actor from Monterey who auditioned for the spot and was chosen by producers for the web series.
The article noted that Bernardino submitted a clip of him delivering a monologue about a topic of his choosing as well as three questions he would ask someone “important” if he were given the opportunity. That step was followed by an interview with directors.
“Then after that, like a week later my agent called me and was like, ‘Hey Trevor, you booked it,'” the teen recalled.
“He has a manager and an agent in L.A.”
Along with the other young actors cast for the video, Bernardino was reportedly not told he would be meeting Harris until his arrival in D.C., where he was directed to the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory. He revealed that the “most exciting part” of the trip was interacting with the vice president.
“She just sat us down,” Bernardino said. “She is super charismatic. She’s everything that I ever thought of her, plus more. She made me feel like one of her peers, and at the time I felt super important. I was talking to her face to face.”
His father, Caro Bernardino, confirmed that all five children in the video were actors hired for the role.
“He’s a child actor — he’s been trying to do this type of thing for a while. And so he has a manager and an agent in L.A. and they send him castings,” he said of his son. “This was a casting call, a very specific one where he had to write essentially a monologue about what he’s really passionate about and he wrote a monologue about the environment.”
The experience was clearly a memorable one for the young actor, though his father said he was taken aback by the negative reception the video received from the vice president’s many detractors. Despite the effort to cast just the right actors to surround her, it appears Harris has done little to reverse her sagging approval rating.