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 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.”
Earlier this morning (June 24th), Aaron Tveit competed at the 3rd annual Bombers-Boomer-Broadway (BBB) charity event. The softball games – held at Yankee Stadium – pitted Broadway performers against one another to help raise money for The Actors Fund and the Boomer Esiason Foundation.
Aaron was part of the Broadway Bombers along with Constantine Maroulis, Jeremy Woodard, Charl Brown, Nick Jonas, and Kevin Jonas. Unfortunately, they lost against the Times Square Slammers with a total score of 19-6.
Over forty HQ pictures from the day have been added to the gallery; one of shows Aaron with Bombers teammate and Wicked‘s current Fiyero, Derek Klena, courtesy of Theater Mania. I also retweeted a couple over at @aarontveitnet.
Aaron Tveit has been cast in an upcoming, untitled short film directed by Georgina Chapman (Marchesa designer and wife of Harvey Weinstein). Dree Hemingway and stage actress Lois Smith are also set to star.
The short – announced as part of Canon’s Project Imagination last year – was penned by award-winning and iconic writer, Neil Gaiman. It tells the story of “two kids who can fly but give it up as they get older” and will feature time gaps, as casting for a nine-year-old girl to portray Hemingway in her youth is underway.
Aaron Tveit is among a select group of singers who will be featured at the 2013 Recording Academy Honors. Stephanie J. Block, Michael Bolton, Kristian Bush and David Caddick, Joan Osborne, and Aaron’s Les Misérables co-star Samantha Barks will also be in attendance along with other music industry staples. As part of the gala, celebrity guests will present awards and give special performances throughout the evening.
This year’s event – to be held on June 25th – will celebrate Ashford & Simpson, Melissa Etheridge, Trey Songz, violinist Joshua Bell, and the creators of Les Misérables (Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, and Claude-Michel Schönberg). They will be honored for their work, all of which is considered to have been beneficial to the creative community at large. Money raised will support the Chapter’s education and professional development programs.
BWW also included further information on purchasing tickets for the event:
Tickets for The Recording Academy Honors gala range from $375 for Academy members to $1,000 for VIPs and are available by calling the New York Chapter office at (212) 245-5440. Sponsorship packages and show presentation only seats are also available.
As announced by the Broadway Show League’s official Twitter, Aaron Tveit will be competing at this year’s Bombers-Boomer-Broadway charity event. This third annual celebrity softball game will be held at Yankee Stadium on June 24th (at 10am), pitting Broadway stars against Broadway stars. Other players include Constantine Maroulis, Dominic Scaglione Jr., Jeremy Jordan, Brandon Victor Dixon, Charl Brown, Reeve Carney, Arthur Darvill, and newly minted Tony Award winners Gabe Ebert and Patina Miller.
Tickets for BBB 2013 start at $100, which is just the standard entry fee. There are various packages – of which you can read about on the BSL official site – ranging from one-hundred to $2,500 for a total VIP treatment (including joining the team and batting practice privileges). The Actors Fund and the Boomer Esiason Foundation receive 100% of the proceeds. No worries if you can’t make it to the game, though: ATN will be sure to provide plenty of updates.
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
Glamour recently published a “Graceland” article in which we get a behind the scenes look on the production. If you head to the source, you can check out various pics of the cast, including Vanessa Ferlito removing makeup after a long day and Serinda Swan prepping for a scene by re-reading her lines. I’ve added the three photos of Aaron Tveit to the gallery, two of which feature him at a table read and another of him in the Graceland kitchen.
In the midst of constant “tell me about [insert latest project here]” questions, it’s nice to be treated with a fresh interview. This time, the relief was provided by Entertainment Weekly with a Pop Culture Personality Test segment. Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata sat down to discuss moments in pop culture that made them cry, their first concerts, what films they saw too young, and what’s their most prized possession. You may be surprised to know that Aaron once wrote a fan letter himself. Click the image above to reach the video, as I’m unable to embed it.