Actor AU

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Related: Alternate Universe, Modern AU, Bakery AU, Coffee Shop AU
See Also: Hollywood AU
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An Actor AU is an AU that reinterprets the characters as actors in a movie or TV show. It's sometimes used synonymously with Hollywood AU, and many popular Actor AUs are indeed set in Hollywood, but Actor AU is the more popular tag on AO3 since it doesn't limit the story's location.

Many Actor AUs involve a romantic plot between the characters leading to romantic or sexual tension between the actors, or situations where the actors hate each other off-screen but must pretend to be friendly (or more) for publicity. The characters they play may be in a movie or show made up for the fanfic, or the AU may take a more meta approach and have them acting in the original canon itself.