Where are you from? Los Altos, CA.
Broadway credits: The Book of Mormon.
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was stuck on an MTA Bus in traffic on my way to Staten Island with my best friend. I got the call from my agent and started crying right then and there on the bus. It took all of my energy not to scream at the top of my lungs. I immediately called my parents and told them the news; cue: more crying. Those poor bus passengers didn’t know what they were getting themselves into that day!
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Hands down, The Tony Awards - it has always been and always will be my favorite night of the year. I used to watch the awards excessively as a kid in California. I never dreamt I’d be 25 and get the chance to perform LIVE in the opening number with Neil Patrick Harris. It was definitely a dream come true and a night I will never forget.
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? For me, it’s the strong sense of community. From the second I joined The Book of Mormon on Broadway, I felt like I had a new family, not only at The Eugene O'Neill, but suddenly at every theatre on The Great White Way. Friends at Mormon would introduce me to friends in Chicago; they would introduce me to friends at Wicked, and it just kept going. One day I’m the new kid on the block, don’t know a soul; the next I’m exploring hidden passageways between the Eugene O'Neill and the Walter Kerr with new lifelong friends. It’s truly an incredible community!
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I literally just got back from Beyonce’s “Mrs. Carter Show” tour in San Jose, CA. Like 15 minutes ago, no joke. Talk about an inspiration for performers. Her stage presence, her attention to detail, her ability to connect with an audience: it’s inspiring!
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… @Actor_Friend. Do you follow that parody account on Twitter? First off, curiosity is killing me and I would love to know who it is. Secondly, I think they’re hilarious. If we can’t laugh and poke fun at this crazy business, then we shouldn’t be doing it. They get that. If you haven’t read @Actor_Friend’s new book, then buy it NOW. You’ll be laughing cover to cover!
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… My newborn nephew Connor. Selfishly, I just want to sleep all day! That sounds awesome.
To be successful in this business, it takes… The obvious answers come to mind: persistence, discipline and a thick skin. But for me, it also takes kindness. You have to be an actor that people actually want to work with. And in this cut-throat business, kindness can often be the attribute that sets you apart from the rest.
Tell us a secret. I talk in my sleep.