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South Louisiana extras talk about being in a Jurassic World

The lab shot where Missy Foster might be looking and Suguna Mayweather might be working. (Source: Jurassic World website) The lab shot where Missy Foster might be looking and Suguna Mayweather might be working. (Source: Jurassic World website)
Suguna Mayweather is second from right in a scene with her friends. (Source: Jurassic World website) Suguna Mayweather is second from right in a scene with her friends. (Source: Jurassic World website)
Suguna Mayweather as tourist before getting the lab job and her badge. (Source: Jurassic World website and Suguna Mayweather) Suguna Mayweather as tourist before getting the lab job and her badge. (Source: Jurassic World website and Suguna Mayweather)
Missy Foster with her husband and her Michoud badge. (Source: Missy Foster) Missy Foster with her husband and her Michoud badge. (Source: Missy Foster)
Molly Gilmore, Suguna Mayweather, Ingrid Norvell, Anna Leger all became friends while working on the film. (Source: Suguna Mayweather) Molly Gilmore, Suguna Mayweather, Ingrid Norvell, Anna Leger all became friends while working on the film. (Source: Suguna Mayweather)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A crowded grandstand gasps and sighs as a gigantic dinosaur fish jumps out of the water and swallows a great white shark like it's a single-bite snack. 

In that crowd, Missy Foster, a 7th grade science teacher from Slaughter Community Charter School, also looks duly impressed... just as she did four straight times she was sprayed in the face with a fire hose.

"There was nothing to see, you were looking off camera and they said 'Pretend you're seeing a shark being eaten by a dinosaur,'" Foster said. 

In the shot, she's right behind the people in ponchos, wearing a white and gray striped vest. 

"I'm the white girl with long dark brown hair," said Foster. "The stands part is actually filmed at Michoud the NASA facility (near New Orleans). and I actually still have my NASA badge.

"We waited until dark basically. They said 'Okay, we're gonna have to wet you.' They had a bunch of people standing in the stands and wearing ponchos. They sprayed us with a fire truck hose. That was the first time. Then they said, 'OK we're gonna get you dry and then wet you again!'"

Foster is one of tens of thousands who were extras in "Jurassic World," the current blockbuster which broke box office records its first weekend in release.

She said she's a regular in movie casts ever since Louisiana became Hollywood South. She was in the TV series American Horror Story. She was actually a one-day extra for a scene shot for the movie "Terminator Genisys". 

"They actually took an old parking lot from an Old Schwegmann's," Foster adds. "That's why movies are good for Louisiana, there are lots of old buildings. I heard Jazzland, that abandoned place in New Orleans was used for Jurassic World's park scenes." 

Missy said the director used her as an extra in the Jurassic genetics lab. She was a tourist ogling the hatching eggs with little dino claws poking through the shells. 

In that same lab, Baton Rougean Suguna Mayweather was playing a geneticist. She had been pulled from the park visitor extra group after four days to be a genetic scientist for five days. 

Mayweather is also an educator. She's a school administrator at McKinley High school. Seems the summer vacations leave room for these teachers to seek their inner thespian.

Mayweather says her whole family is enjoying movie-making. 

"My husband and my daughter did 'Navy Seals versus Zombies' (which filmed in Baton Rouge) and my husband's in several episodes of NCIS New Orleans" said Mayweather. "In three episodes, dock worker, background guy. He's also an extra on Pitch Perfect 2."

Both women describe uber-tight security and secrecy on the movie project. 

"Every day when we came on set," Mayweather said. "Jurassic was a very closed and secure set. We were not allowed to tell anyone we were working on it! When Universal actually announced the project it was still very controlled. 

"Every day when we came on set, they took our cell phones and put their censor sticker on it. Every day they would check it to see if you were messing with the sticker. Very tight security!"

"They said that if you take pictures, you will be dismissed. But also you got the impression that they could sue you if you took pictures," said Missy Foster about her time at Michoud.

Missy and Suguna say they made a lot of friends on the movie sets. In fact, Suguna has continued to track her lab-coat colleagues. They plan to stay in touch. In fact, they may wear lab coats again!

"One thing I can say, initially I would hope I would have some kind of gruesome demise, like being eaten by a sea serpent," laughed Mayweather. "And now I hear they're talking about a sequel. At least when we die in that movie, it'll represent another chance to be an extra in a mega hit movie." 

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