On November 18th, Aaron Tveit attended the Casting Society of America (CSA)’s 2013 Artios Awards. This year was the 29th anniversary of the annual event that honors Outstanding Achievement in Casting in film, television, and theater. The Monday night ceremony was held at the XL Nightclub in New York; however, there was a simultaneous ceremony at the Los Angeles Hilton Hotel. In NYC, Michael J. Fox was awarded the New York Apple Award, while a full list of winners can be viewed here. Aaron’s “Graceland” co-star, Daniel Sunjata, was also in attendance.
This past weekend, Aaron Tveit competed in the annual event, Tough Mudder, in Charlotte, North Carolina. More than a marathon, Tough Mudder is an intensive obstacle course that tests “strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.” Some of the obstacles include scaling rope walls and crawling through mud, but there are even more hardcore expectations like dealing with ice water, fire, and even 10,000 volts of electricity. Check out a PDF of Charlotte’s course; if you want detailed descriptions (and picutres) of the obstacles, head over here.
ATN is happy to provide two pictures of Aaron from the event. The first is before the race, while the second features him with his friend and teammate after completing the obstacle course. Congrats, Aaron!
Although Tough Mudder is an extreme challenge, the event is overall a positive experience and a great way to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization that aids wounded post-9/11 veterans. If you’re curious about competing, you can check out Tough Mudder’s official site and registration page; however, be aware of how much physical strength and endurance you’ll need and approach the challenge responsibly (i.e. with training).
T’is the season to be jolly — and giving! Aaron Tveit is confirmed to appear (and bartend) at the 2013 Stockings With Care benefit. As part of the Celebrity Bartending Night, he’ll serve patrons drinks and raise money for the non-profit organization in the process. The event is to be held in two weeks – on Tuesday, November 19th (from 7-11 PM) – at the Hudson Station Bar and Grill in New York. A silent auction and raffle is also being held.
You can purchase tickets at the door for a $30 cover charge, or in advance (for a discounted rate of $20) by visiting http://celebritybartending.brownpapertickets.com. If you attend, be sure to tip generously: all tips made throughout the night are given to the charity as part of the 2013 Holiday Drive.
Other New York-bases television and theater celebrities scheduled to be part of the event include Jesse L. Martin, Danny Pino, Steve Schirripa, Carrie Preston, Phil Burke, Michael Kelly, with more to be announced.
Stockings With Care (SWC) is an annual event that anonymously grants the holiday wishes of homeless or near-homeless families. Over 1,500 children were surprised with their own Christmas miracle last year, receiving gifts from individual donors (“Santas”), corporations, and volunteers who purchase and wrap donations based on actual wish lists. This year is SWC’s 20th anniversary; to date, over 40,000 children have benefitted from hard work and support to those in need. Casting director Rosalie Joseph and producer Tom Fontana are the founders.
If you’d like to sign up to be a “Santa,” visit Stockings With Care’s official site.
Aaron Tveit attended Canon’s Project Imaginat10n earlier this evening (October 24th), an experimental and unique film festival featuring celebrity directors alongside five contest winners. Project Imaginat10n posed a challenge to aspiring filmmakers, in which directors were asked to find inspiration and create a story from ten photographs. Each of the images represented a certain theme to incorporate in the final work: mood, goal, backstory, character, obstacle, relationship, setting, the unknown, time, and discovery. You can view all the photos here.
Among the five winners selected by Ron Howard (and daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard), five celebrity directors – Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, James Murphy, and Georgina Chapman – also participated in the event. As previously reported, Aaron was involved in Chapman’s directorial debut, entitled A Dream Of Flying (and written by Neil Gaiman). You can now find more information on the film at Canon’s website, including a summary and the ten photos that inspired Chapman. You can also watch the short film in its entirety (16 minutes) below.
As ATN promised, your beautiful birthday submissions were forwarded to Aaron Tveit yesterday. After reading through all of the messages (there’s 515 of them!), he asked the site to publish his very sincere thank you – to all of you – on his behalf. Please read Aaron’s letter of gratitude on your amazing birthday wishes below.
To all of you!
Let me first start by simply saying THANK YOU for all your incredible birthday messages!!
Kristina sent me the link yesterday to your birthday greetings and I read every single one of them. Thank you so much for sharing with me your beautiful stories and birthday wishes.
I have to say I really was floored! I am so grateful to have you all in my corner,it means the world.
The fact that you all took the time to write,or create incredible artwork and original cards–really truly just meant so much.
Please know how much I appreciate the constant support and love you send my way
Thank you so much!
Happy Birthday, Aaron! Welcome to a whole new decade. Despite Joey’s reaction above, they say actors start getting offered the really interesting parts in their thirties. And judging by your most recent role – in Big Sky – it seems like that ol’ saying might be true already. It’s been incredibly exciting to watch the trajectory of your career in the past year alone, and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for you professionally. I think I speak for all your fans when I say that it’s wonderful being a fan of an actor who loves to try new mediums, genres, characters, stories; someone who isn’t afraid of being daring and exploring his potential. Even better is when success follows truly kind-yet-talented folk, such as yourself. Here’s to you and your unbridled bravado, especially as you explore your thirties. May you have a very happy and fulfilling year.
It’s been crazy watching this website – and, therefore, your fan base – grow within a year. There are over 500 amazing birthday messages (and some photographic gifts) waiting for you in the comments. From all around the world, fans have shared inspiring stories while wishing you the happiest of birthdays. You’re an amazing aspiration to many; hopefully that knowledge in itself is a great present to have on this day. Enjoy!
Although he just wrapped a lead role, Aaron Tveit will soon be seen in another independent film: Big Sky. Mexican filmmaker Jorge Michel Grau is directing the “neo-Hitchcockian thriller,” currently being filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bella Thorne and Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick are set to star as mother and daughter, along with Frank Grillo. When recently speaking to Broadway.com, Aaron specified that his character has a dark past — and that he’s “good nervous” about physical impairments the role requires:
“He dealt with some abuse when he was a kid. You come to find out he got hit in the head with a shovel by his mom and because of this, he has some issues. It’s definitely a part I’ve never played before. I get to really challenge myself with some physical impediments. I’m nervous about it, but in a really good way. Good nervous!”
Further character details, casting information, and plot are all forthcoming. In the meantime, you may want to follow Jorge Michel Grau on social media: his Instagram is (currently) heavily devoted to set pictures from the film, and you can also find him on Twitter.
October 6th was the official premiere of Big Fish at the Neil Simon on Broadway, Tony-winning actor Norbert Leo Butz’s new musical (also starring Bobby Steggert and Kate Baldwin). Inspired by the Tim Burton film, and directed by Susan Stroman, it’s a story about big tales and fatherhood. Andrew Lippa is responsible for the music and lyrics, while John August – who wrote the sceenplay for the film – also wrote the musical’s book.
Aaron Tveit – Norbert’s co-star on Catch Me If You Can – was in attendance at the Big Fish opening night, along with Hilary Swank, Billy Porter, Victor Garber, Whoopi Goldberg, Zachary Quinto, Ellen Greene, Liev Schreiber, Perez Hilton, and Zach Braff. Although Aaron did not walk the red carpet, he was at the after-party; you can view a few pics from the evening in the gallery, including an adorable shot of him with Norbert. Check out what Aaron had to say about the production below, courtesy of Broadway.com:
“It felt very nostalgic to be back at the Neil Simon,” Tveit told Broadway.com at the show’s opening night bash across 52nd Street at Roseland. The rising star previously appeared onstage at the theater when he made his Broadway debut as Link Larkin in Hairspray in 2006 and later headlined Catch Me If You Can in 2011 opposite the two-time Tony-winning star of Big Fish, Norbert Leo Butz.
“Norbert’s incredible,” he said. “He’s such a force of nature. Now when I watch him, I can see the little things he’s doing, and I know what it’s like to be up there with him. It’s just incredible.” Tveit admitted that he joined the legions of grown men who have cried at the sentimental show. “Oh yeah, I cried my eyes out,” he said. “It just smacks you in the face.”
Aaron Tveit recently wrapped production on an original, independent baseball film entitled Undrafted. Written and directed by Joe Mazzello (“The Pacific” and, yes, Tim from Jurassic Park), the upcoming film focuses on aspiring baseball player John “Maz” Mazetti, who has a life-changing epiphany following his discovery that he was not drafted onto a professional team. It is based on the true story of Mazzello’s brother, a collegiate baseball star who was overlooked for a Major League Baseball draft.
Aaron is the star in Undrafted, taking the lead role of Maz. “Gossip Girl” actor Chace Crawford is playing Arthur Barone and also serving as the executive producer. Matt Barr, Tyler Hoechlin, Philip Winchester, Billy Gardell, James Belushi, and Aaron’s current “Graceland” co-star Manny Montana are also in the film. This is the directorial debut for Joe Mazzello, who has a degree from USC’s film production program.
When asked about the film at the Big Fish Broadway opening night after-party, Aaron told Broadway.com, “It’s a combination of the two things I like to do: play baseball and act.” There is currently no set release date.
One of the most versatile twenty-something actors, Tveit has appeared on Broadway (Catch Me if You Can), TV (“Gossip Girl”), and film (Les Misérables).
What’s new: Finishing the first season of “Graceland,” working on a couple of really exciting film projects, and releasing my first album.
Favorite New York moment: Performing on a Broadway stage for the first time in Hairspray in 2006.
Favorite neighborhood: Union Square — it’s a slice of the city.
Proudest achievements: Seeing two shows I worked on in development for years succeed on Broadway; fulfilling a lifelong dream to sing “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium during a play-off game; and finally finishing my college degree last summer — 11 years after I started.
What makes a good relationship: Honesty and the ability to laugh together, and often.
Don’t get too excited, ladies and gentlemen, but Aaron Tveit is one of New York’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors. This, according to Gotham magazine, which compiled a list of successful single men ranging from the entertainment industry to sports, technology, and hospitality. Others on the list include cronut creator Dominique Ansel, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (yes, the Social Network-featured Ivy League grad twins), Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, and some familiar actors: Billy Magnussen, Bradley Cooper, and Aaron’s “Gossip Girl” co-star Penn Badgley. Check out the whole list here, including a slideshow of the very attractive men.