The Wrap Talks to Aaron About Briggs’ “Graceland” Fallout

August 23, 2013 • Category: Articles & Interviews, General News, Graceland 1

Another new interview is out, featuring Aaron Tveit talking about “Graceland” and what to expect in the last episodes of the season — including the fallout of Briggs’ recent reckless actions. Although it’s a fairly short video interview, Aaron also does touch upon the difference between acting in a starring role versus guest stints in television shows. “There’s more working and less waiting,” he says, “And that’s really nice. I would rather work than wait.”

BuzzFeed: Aaron Tveit Goes Undercover on “Graceland”

August 22, 2013 • Category: Articles & Interviews, General News, Graceland 1

If you’re curious about the craft of acting, look no further than BuzzFeed’s recent interview with Aaron Tveit. In it, Aaron goes in-depth on USA’s “Graceland,” including how he approached his character, Mike Warren, and in what ways he decided to develop his arc throughout season one. The journalist also asked Aaron about his previous Broadway runs in both Next To Normal and Catch Me If You Can, which inspired some talk about Aaron’s desire to once again return to the stage. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more:

You talked a little bit about being able to show Mike’s development throughout the season. I was curious how you distinguish playing him in his off hours versus playing him when he’s undercover, when he does have to be a lot darker.
AT:
I was constantly thinking of ways instead of telling – because they say all these things about how smart Mike is and how good of a potential agent he is – so I was constantly looking for ways for that to come through. And I thought one way would be that basically — it’s really great in the show that I get to have scenes with everyone. I have this really interesting relationship with Juan, who’s kind of my point person at the FBI. The relationship with Bello develops. It’s a really interesting relationship, and a really close relationship. And I have this relationship with Briggs. I basically wanted to have Mike deal with everyone differently. I thought that that would be a way to tell that story, and yeah, it’s interesting. The thing with Briggs is really complicated obviously, but with Bello, it’s like, yeah, I know this guy’s a bad guy, but I really like the guy. I kind of have compromised a lot of my beliefs to stick around and keep the investigation going with him. So, yeah, I tried to just really deal with everyone completely differently, and I thought that would be a way to show how Mike is different in every circumstance that he steps into. That’s kind of the way that I looked at it, or tried to look at it.

Do you feel like TV and film is a goal for most Broadway actors, or is it just a matter of wanting to try different things?
AT:
Yeah, I don’t know. For some people it may be, but it never was — I said before, I didn’t know what was going to be my next thing after Catch Me If You Can. I’ve been really, really fortunate in the last five years or so that I’ve gotten to work on stage, on television, and on film, which I think up until recently, you kind of got pigeonholed into one thing, so I’ve been really grateful that I’ve been able to do all three. And that’s really just my goal. I just wanted to have a career doing this, and I want to be able to just do that for the rest of my career; to go back and forth. I can’t wait to get back on stage. I don’t know what it’s going to be. I’ve said it before, but I’m excited, ’cause I know one day I’m going to walk into the rehearsals room for a new show and have to learn new music and learn the script, and that’s going to be really, really thrilling.

SOURCE: BUZZFEED

Fashionisto (Autumn 2013) Scans

July 28, 2013 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Gallery, General News 1


Scans provided by Danielle S.

I’ve finally added seven wonderful scans of Aaron Tveit from the autumn 2013 edition of the magazine, Fashionisto, to the gallery. Danielle S (@seeshoplove) was kind enough to provide ATN with HQ scans of Aaron modeling various menswear, some more inspired than others. If you want to order a copy of the magazine, you can do so right here.

The Cool Issue — For our fall issue, we embraced contemporary ways to update menswear, whether it included a change in material, proportion or a great new print. Covering our eighth issue, we looked to Aaron Tveit of new show “Graceland,” Paul Wesley of “The Vampire Diaries” and Roberto Bolle, principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.

“The Rachael Ray Show” (July 2013)

Yesterday (July 8th), Aaron Tveit and his “Graceland” co-star Daniel Sunjata appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show.” The pre-recorded program had them discussing their USA Network series – “Graceland,” of course – which included a lot of enthusiasm on Rachael’s part: she’s a big fan of cop dramas. I’m unable to embed the video, so click on the still image above to watch a three-minute clip from the segment in which Aaron talks about breaking down a gun and whether or not he’s a good roommate. (FYI: A lovely fan also posted the entire interview on YouTube.)

You may also want to check out the Backstage Pass portion of “The Rachael Ray Show.” Although short, Aaron and Daniel talk about their on-set eating habits, like go-to snacks (nuts) and what foods to avoid eating (pasta). Remember the durian fruit Johnny ate in an episode of “Graceland”? They also confirm that it smelled truly putrid.

American Way “Gets to Know” Aaron

July 2, 2013 • Category: Articles & Interviews, General News 0

In a very brief feature in American Way – a magazine for American Airlines – Aaron Tveit highlights a few choice facts. While fans may remember details like him owning a Honda Accord (as mentioned in The Craptacular’s wonderful interview), he talks about some new details like his perfect Sunday, what’s on his iPod, and two of his favorite musicals. Check out his answers to those three things below, then head to the source for the whole list.

FAVORITE MUSICAL: “I have to go with two classics: Carousel and West Side Story. They kind of broke the mold with those.”

HIS PERFECT SUNDAY: “Play golf in the morning, then veg and watch football all afternoon.”

WHAT’S ON HIS IPOD: “Kendrick Lamar is probably getting the most play right now, with Frank Ocean a close second.”

SOURCE: AMERICAN WAY

Aaron Lands Cover of Backstage Magazine

June 26, 2013 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Gallery, General News 0

Aaron Tveit is gracing the cover of this week’s Backstage magazine! Inside, there’s a feature article in which he talks about going from stage to screen — and what he’s learned in the process. You can check out an excerpt below, courtesy of Backstage.com. Be sure to pick up a copy when it hits newsstands tomorrow, June 27th.

Aaron Tveit might be the quintessential golden boy, but the idea of being typecast as the gleaming leading man doesn’t faze him.

“Typecasting is an interesting thing because, in a way, if you’re good at something, you’re going to work at that thing,” he says. “In other ways, you constantly have to change people’s opinion of you as one thing, especially if you want to play different roles. You have to shatter that image sometimes. I’ve had to do it before with stage roles, to get roles. I’m drawn to kind of darker, misfit things. I would like to, especially in film, play against type and do some heavier stuff. I’m intrigued by projects that deal with problematic people and things.”

And he’s fully prepared to show casting directors that side in auditions.

“I like auditioning! A lot of people hate it, but I like it,” he says. “Especially like right now, I’m not shooting a show so you get to act. You get to do that stuff, kind of treat everyone as ‘All right, throw the paint against the wall and see what I can do with this and what people say.’ I think it’s a great mental workout because you have to ready something, learn something fast. It’s good to stay on your toes and keep sharp if you’re auditioning.”

That doesn’t mean his auditions are always perfect. “Once I was auditioning for a play, and I was reading a scene with another actress, who was a friend of mine,” he says. “In the middle of our reading, the director says, ‘Stop — what are you doing? Do something else.’ I just remember being absolutely mortified. Needless to say, I did not get the role.”

Mr. Porter Tells Us Aaron Tveit is “One to Watch”

June 11, 2013 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Gallery, General News 0

Aaron Tveit looks great in a new photo shoot for Mr. Porter, shot by Billy Kidd, modeling clothing for a “relaxed, out-of-office” summer style. Accompanying the photos is a feature article, speaking of his jovial nature and status as the “one to watch,” which you can read an excerpt of below. In it, he talks about his stint at 54 Below and defends the directorial decisions for Les Misérables with stride. It’s worth a read, if you can peel yourself away from the pics!

He may cut a pensive figure, but don’t be fooled — a dark and troubled soul Mr. Aaron Tveit is not. “I don’t walk around scowling at people,” he laughs, defending the moody, monochrome results of last month’s shoot with photographer Mr. Billy Kidd. “I think I’m a nice guy!”

He’s certainly had time to practise. The 29-year-old actor, who cut his teeth on Broadway before branching out into TV and film, has the “nice guy” thing down to a fine art. Clean-cut, athletic, and immaculately coiffed, the born-and-bred New Yorker looks every bit the matinée idol and, as is clear within moments of meeting him, he’s got the charm and easygoing personality to match. So what’s with the frown?

“I had a great time on the shoot,” Mr. Tveit explains. “But he [Mr. Kidd] told me early on that he was looking for something more brooding, more atmospheric. From my point of view, it was a lot of fun to go in that direction because it’s definitely part of me, and something I don’t get to do a lot.”

SOURCE: MR. PORTER

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