Quotes By Aaron

“I think I’m a very happy person, but I definitely bring elements of myself into [Catch Me If You Can]: how hard that I’ve worked; how driven I am; how much effort and time I put into it and how much I’ve dreamt about this show. It’s definitely in my gut.”

“For a split second, when I joined Equity, I thought about using my middle name as my last name, but then I said, ‘You know what? I like my name. It’s different than everybody else’s, and keeping it is another way that I can stand out.'”

“This is what you dream of: to have your imprint on something and to have the close work with the director and the writers. Over the last year and a half, [Gabe Goodman] and I have kind of met in the middle.”

“There’s something about a golf course at five in the morning – or six in the morning, when the fog is rising off of it – that really says, ‘Wow. This is a beautiful place to be. This is a beautiful world we live in.’ I know that’s a grand statement, but it’s true. I’ve always loved to play golf, and it’s something that I’ll do for the rest of my life.”

“In an ideal world for me, I would like to go back and forth [between film and theater]. I kind of want to do it all.”

“Awards are not something that I measure my work by. I’ve been so fortunate, and I’ve gotten to do such terrific things, that it seems petty to look back and say, ‘Oh, I should have gotten that prize.’ I’ve been so blessed, it’s hard to look back and think anything but that, so I have no disappointments.”

“Being onstage is just a feeling that you cannot duplicate anywhere else because the energy that the audience is giving you forces you to give more energy. It’s such an output and exchange of energy. You can’t do that anywhere else.”

“I dream sometimes of what my next musical project is going to be. I’m never ever going away. As long as they’ll have me, I’ll be there.”

“I find that with anything, you have to focus on the micro. If I look at the whole thing, I’ll get overwhelmed.”

“I’m pretty competitive. I have friends that need to gamble on everything and can never lose an argument and all that stuff… I’m not like that. But if you get me on a sports field or you get me competing for a job, I work very, very hard to make sure that I’m in a good position to win those things.”

ON NOT BEING NOMINATED FOR A TONY (FOR NEXT TO NORMAL): “There was a lot of buzz around that show, and a lot of people said a lot of things to me leading up to nominations. It was hard not to get swept up in it. The morning of [the nomination announcement], I was devastated, to be completely honest. It was a real punch in the gut. Once I let it go through me, I was just so excited the fact that that show got all the nominations that it did, and there was six of us in the show. The show ultimately won best score; and six people signing a full length musical, I felt a huge part of that. And I was so excited for everyone else. But it was. It was a very hard day.”

ON NEXT TO NORMAL: “[Depression] is something that seems really obscure when you see it in a theater, but when you talk to people who come to see it and hear their reactions, you realize that it is such a prevalent part of life and our society today that it really needed to be told, and still needs to be told.”

ON LES MISÉRABLES‘ TIMELESSNESS: “The only reason to re-tell stories is when they’re really timely, and I think this is a really timely story even today from stuff going on on Wall Street and all of the rioting in Europe last year. So there are still these feelings of the anguish and unsettledness all over our world today.”

ON WORKING WITH HUGH JACKMAN AND RUSSELL CROW IN LES MISÉRABLES: “I still think that I can’t really grasp the sum of what I learned from these people. I sat at the playback cameras, and I just watched these two unbelievable film actors shoot this scene. I remember sitting there watching it and the work that they were doing, and I almost had tears in my eyes watching. These two men; they’re amazing, and they give so much of themselves.”

ON HOW TO GET OVER REJECTION: “[Broadway] is a rejection business. I think even people on this side of things who are doing well hear ‘no’ 49 out of 50 times. So, you just have to realize that so many factors go into getting a job besides you being good or not. Once you can kind of realize that, you can release it and wait for the thing that’s going to match up with you.”

ON A SONG TO REPRESENT THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION: “I like the one I just sang. ‘Morning Glow’ [from Pippin] is nice. It’s about hope, and we have so many more great things about this country and the way that we get to live than all the negativity that’s been going on. No matter what happens, we’re going to all push forward together. I try to stay in that space. The lyrics to that song were very poignant. I think it’s going to be OK. I think everyone’s going to be OK.”

ON ATTENTION FROM FAME: “You realize it’s because the work you’re doing is good, so people appreciate that, but I have to be honest, I really try to stay away from it. I think that if you start to think of yourself that way, it can really start to mess you up and get you in Egomaniac-ville, so I really try not to be aware of it as much as possible.”