Paul Wontorek Talks ‘Assassins’ With Aaron

December 23, 2014 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Assassins, General News 0

Broadway.com’s Paul Wontorek might be New York-based, but he recently spoke to Aaron Tveit about Assassins in London, England. Together, they did a small-scale “Show People” with a cheery Christmas backdrop, where they talked about all things Assassins – including some peculiar John Wilkes Booth-inspired facial hair – and Aaron’s London experience(s). As always, they have a fantastic and comfortable rapport, so the interview is certainly worth a watch.

(You might also be interested in the first ten seconds of this Broadway.com Show.)

On ‘Assassins,’ Aaron Says, “I Was Excited to Play More of a Man”

December 3, 2014 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Assassins, General News 0

The Hollywood Reporter has published a great, new article on Aaron Tveit talking about Assassins and taking on the role of John Wilkes Booth. In the piece, he speaks of how he never dreamed of playing this particular role, but that the Menier Chocolate Factory’s offer made him rethink his days of singing the Balladeer’s parts. “I’ve played a lot of younger men, kind of kids, onstage,” he says, “so I was excited at the chance to actually play more of a man.”

The New York native’s recent relocation to London for the Menier production is also brought up, in which Aaron recalls the spirit of live theater throughout London — even inside pubs. But don’t worry: that doesn’t mean his heart has left NYC. “London’s a great place to be for a while,” he clarifies, “but I always say one of the best things about leaving New York is you get to come back.”

Check out an excerpt of the article below before heading to the source for the full piece:

[Aaron Tveit’s] only relationship to the show was through the cast album. He’s relished researching the era during this process, saying history was his favorite subject in school and he’s always been fascinated by the Civil War. But looking at the time period from the Confederate side is new territory for him.

“You start to kind of empathize with Booth in a way, and then you have to step back and say, ‘Wait a minute,'” says Tveit. “Yes, he was fighting against these things, but he did a stupid, terrible thing. The lure of the piece and the production is that it makes you think about the other side of history.”

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Graceland” Screen Caps: S2E13 — “Faith 7” + Post-Episode Interview with Aaron

September 13, 2014 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Gallery, General News, Graceland 1

The final episode of “Graceland” season two aired on Wednesday night, leaving audiences on the biggest cliffhanger yet. The breathtaking finale saw the various missions established by the Graceland household fall apart, causing unexpected carnage and chaos. Although a season three hasn’t been officially confirmed, do you have any predictions on where the show will go next? (Please be aware that comments will likely have spoilers — read at your own discretion.)

Additionally, Zap2it recently spoke to Aaron Tveit about his character, Mike Warren, and the arc he faced throughout season two. There’s also some personal predictions and hopes from Aaron about season three that’s worth checking out. An excerpt is provided below, but please visit the source for the full article.

“It’s been so much fun for me to see the student become the teacher, but really this idealist becomes a cynic. To do good undercover work and to get things done you do have to compromise things,” Tveit says of Mike’s character arc this season. “Mike was just doing his job and in my opinion, doing a great job. The fact that other people were personally caught up in his wake — that wasn’t his concern.”

SOURCE: ZAP2IT (SPOILERS)

Playbill.com: Aaron Tveit on “Graceland,” Coming Back to Broadway, and Tveiter Tots

September 2, 2014 • Category: Articles & Interviews, General News, Graceland, Stage Work 0

Off the heels of a street naming ceremony, Playbill.com has released a new interview with Aaron Tveit in which they talk about the honor. And with two episodes of “Graceland” left in season two, it’s no surprise they delve a little bit into the USA Network show — including transitioning from stage to small screen and whether or not there are plans for Aaron’s character, Mike Warren, to sing.

Speaking of singing, Aaron also talks about hopeful plans in the future, like performing in classic revivals and wanting to perform with more orchestras around the nation. In the meantime, he’ll get some of his concert fix this Saturday, as he’ll be performing with the Pasadena Pops in Michael Feinstein’s “New York! New York!” show.

Check out an excerpt of the article below before heading to the source for more:

After starring in two brand-new musicals, Tveit, who said he’s a fan of the classic musical catalog of Carousel, West Side Story, and South Pacific, among others, said he would like to perform in a revival. He also is “dying to do a play,” listing David Mamet and Martin McDonagh as two of his favorite playwrights.

“New musicals are really hard, to be completely honest,” he said. “Everyone’s taking a big chance and it’s a lot of hard work — which is also so exciting to get to be a part of something. But doing a revival, you’re working on a [known] property. You have to figure out a new way to do it or a fun way to do it. Those musicals are revived and are classics for a reason.”

SOURCE: PLAYBILL.COM

“Show People” with Paul Wontorek — No. 3

July 3, 2014 • Category: Articles & Interviews, General News 1

Broadway.com’s series “Show People” with Paul Wontorek returned today after a brief hiatus. The guest was, of course, Aaron Tveit, who made his third appearance on the show — and even answered some fan questions. The 30-minute interview can be viewed above, in which he talks about “Graceland,” dressing in drag, possible tattoos, and just how he hits those high notes. It’s a great interview – as “Show People” always provides – so make some room in your day to check it out.

(Many thanks to Aaron for giving ATN and affiliated accounts a shout-out on the show!)

“Graceland” Season 2 Press Post

June 12, 2014 • Category: Articles & Interviews, General News, Graceland 2

With the “Graceland” premiere last night and season two now underway, many interviews have emerged in support of the show. Aaron Tveit recently hit up a few places – including “The TODAY Show” – in order to talk about the USA Network series and his character, Mike Warren.

Instead of making numerous posts on ATN for each, individual interview, I’ve decided instead to collect them in a master press post. Below the cut, you’ll be able to find him chatting to Bloomberg, NBC New York, Sports Illustrated, and perhaps others as they become available.

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“Graceland” Season 2 Returns Tonight

Just in time to help kick off summer, “Graceland” is back for a second season — starting tonight! What kind of high stakes will audiences see their favorites face this time? Check out a trailer above, highlighting some of the discrepancies when Mike Warren (played by Aaron Tveit) joins the Graceland house again after a stint in DC. As promised by Aaron, Daniel Sunjata, and even creator Jeff Eastin, the upcoming season will be even darker than the first. Don’t forget: season two starts tonight at 10/9c on USA Network.

Additionally, Just Jared recently interviewed Aaron about what to expect in season two. He talked about Mike and Paige’s (romantic and professional) relationship, the blurred morality lines both Mike and Briggs face, and whether or not that incriminating recording from season one will come into play again. Check out an excerpt of the interview below, then head to the source for more:

JustJared.com: We know that Mike is in D.C. at the start of the episode. What else can you say about where it picks up?
Aaron Tveit:
We pick up in an interesting place. As you saw at the end of [season one], Mike goes back to D.C. and I think it’s a couple months later. and Mike’s been working in this job, and he’s back on the track that I think he thought he wanted to be on — this fast track to upper management. I think he’s starting to deal with hitting some bumps in the road and seeing that D.C. is more of a bureaucratic place than necessarily one where he can go out and get his hands dirty and make things happen. So I think he’s more frustrated by that.

SOURCE: JUSTJARED

Bello (June 2014)

June 2, 2014 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Gallery, General News, Graceland 1

Aaron Tveit has graced another magazine: Bello, featuring Ryan Kwanten on the cover. Inside the fashion ‘zine, Aaron once again talks about USA Network’s “Graceland” — and gives us some insight on what it’s like for the New York native to live and work in Florida while shooting the series. Check out a series of photographs from the spread in the gallery, along with the full-length article at their official site. You can also read an excerpt below:

[S]outh Florida is no walk in central park — literally. He’s traded Manhattan’s breeze for Ft. Lauderdale’s humidity for the time being, but let it be known [that] he’s happy to do so. His words surprised me. “Living in Florida is very different, but there’s something about the process of this production that is familiar to me. We’re all here for one thing, and that is to make this show. The fact that we’re all here with a sole purpose makes it about the work; and when it really is all about the work, it shows in your performance. Most of us are transplants, so it’s very much like doing a national tour in that sense.”

Once “Graceland” returns this summer, fans will see that things on the Floridian set have in fact been heating up, and I’m not referring to the scorching weather that the cast and crew endure to bring viewers at home an explosive thrilling ride of a second season. Tveit guarantees that there’s much more to say about “Graceland’s” sophomore leg than just “bigger and better.”

“Mike’s coming back in a different way. I was particularly excited about having the show return because, coming back into it, I really wanted to hone in and focus on Mike’s character. At the end of the day, he’s a product of his surroundings. As an actor, it was great being able to cut deeper into his character’s personality, now that we have the platform to tell more stories and show other sides of our characters.”

DA MAN (June/July 2014)


Thanks to daisythecoder for the scans.

DA MAN recently spoke to Aaron Tveit about his passion: acting. In a new interview, he delves into particulars about his career, like what drove him to pursue acting and how singing (another important aspect in his life) can further impact a dramatic scene. He also mentions both “Graceland” and Les Misérables, including how he landed those gigs. There are some great, insightful quotes throughout the interview, which I highly recommend you check out.

You can download the current issue of DA MAN right now, through their official site. Please do so in order to support the magazine, especially Aaron’s issue. In the meantime, check out an excerpt below (along with a few new gorgeous photos from the spread in the gallery):

DA: What is it about music you think makes such a great complement to other storytelling forms including film and theater?
AT: That’s a fantastic question. I really think music just adds such a level to a story. I find myself being overcome with emotion in music. The music allows us to go to another level of storytelling, especially as we don’t go around singing in our daily lives. Music allows a new level of emotional expression to be achieved in a story and creates an environment for the audience to be swept away, literally.

DA: What is acting to you, then?
AT: I am very grateful and proud to say that acting is something I absolutely love to do. It was something that I used to do for myself and for fun, and I now am lucky enough to do it for a living.

DA: How do you define a successful actor?
AT: That’s a tough one. There aren’t enough roles for how many wonderful actors there are, so I think we all need to find success in what we are doing on a daily basis. We love this job, we pour everything into it, and we do it for ourselves. We need to allow that to determine our own personal definitions of success and fulfillment.

New York’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors

October 1, 2013 • Category: Articles & Interviews, General News 0


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.

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