ETonline has just posted a new interview featuring Aaron Tveit talking about his 54 Below experience and his upcoming USA Network series, “Graceland.” We get a little more insight into his song selection process – he admits having “probably… 30 to 40 songs” on his set list at one point – and his show-stopping cover of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the whole interview.
ETonline: “Graceland” is arguably your most high profile gig to date. How conscious are you of the fact that fans are going to want to start seeing those heretofore unseen sides of you?
Tveit: I am aware, but it’s really no different from my standpoint. I’ve been a little more self-protective in public over the last few months because, on the heels of Les Mis, I’ve been getting recognized more in public. But New York City is still a very anonymous city. People just go about their business. I feel like I’ve been dealing with that building over the years because of the Broadway community, so I’m treating it in the same way — I’ve always tried to keep my personal life private. I didn’t get into this business for notoriety or fame. I don’t go to places to be seen and that’s not going to change. Yes, this show will have a broader scope, but I don’t think it’s going to change that much. You just have to be aware of it, and if you want to keep certain things private, there are choices you can make to do that.
May 20 • Posted by Kristina
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Those fans lucky enough to attend USA Network’s Upfronts last Thursday were able to see posters and cards featuring these pictures, but now they’ve been published online for everyone’s enjoyment. As part of USA’s 2013 Summer Guide to their upcoming programs, Aaron Tveit is featured among his “Graceland” co-stars to help promote the show in this (very fun) photo shoot. What do you think, should I use the image with the yellow background in a future layout?
CableFAX has a new interview up featuring Aaron Tveit. While at the USA Upfronts, they asked him about – what else? – USA Network’s new series, “Graceland,” which just so happens to star Aaron. It’s a short but sweet interview, which you can read an excerpt of below before heading to the source. I wasn’t aware of Jeff Eastin’s policy of allowing actors to go off-script, but it seems like his casts always have such great chemistry together that it makes perfect sense!
How much interaction did the network have with the show?
Obviously they were seeing and watching everything, but they kind of just let us do our thing. It didn’t feel like they were micromanaging. Of course, they were doing their job and [we were] getting network notes and the script had changes, but on set they weren’t really putting pressure on us. They trusted everyone. Also, Jeff Easton, the writer/creator of “White Collar,” told me this from day one: he’s very open to us changing our lines. We don’t have to stick to what’s on the page. There’s very much a sense of – in a lot of the group scenes especially – that we really got to bring a lot of ourselves to the characters. It didn’t feel like they were lurking over us. We knew that they were there supporting us, but we got to really do our thing and be left alone.
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Photo courtesy of SpoilerTV.
The first promotional photograph for “Graceland” has been released, featuring the ensemble cast — including Aaron Tveit (as Mike Warren). Other co-stars in the image include Daniel Sunjata (Paul Briggs), Vanessa Ferlito (Charlie Lopez), Serinda Swan (Paige Arkin), Brandon Jay McLaren (Dale Jakes), and Manny Montana (Johnny Tuturro). Hopefully I’ll be able to replace it with a HQ, untagged version soon. You can also check out a few new trailers for the upcoming USA Network series below.
In another press piece from yesterday’s SXSW event, The Hollywood Reporter kindly highlights Aaron Tveit’s transition from stage to screen star. There’s a discussion on distancing himself from being strictly a singing-actor, and how “Graceland” allows himself to establish himself as a solid actor. He also talks about Enjolras “groupies” and how it feels to be a heartthrob (hint: he doesn’t really pay any mind to it at all). Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more.
THR: Thinking about Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, it seems the “Glee” model has really opened up television to the stage actors…
Tveit: Nowadays, but it wasn’t always the case. It used to be that you kind of got pigeonholed into one thing: you’re either a stage actor or a TV actor or a movie actor. Today, there’s a lot of crossover with film actors doing television, which never happened before, so those lines are a little bit more blurred than they used to be. One thing that I wanted to try to do was try to keep my musical stage work separate from my onscreen work at first. I know I did the Les Mis film, but I had also done a lot of television and movie work that had nothing to do with singing. I wanted to try and do that first.
THR: Won’t you miss singing?
Tveit: I do miss singing. Now that we’re not shooting ["Graceland"], I’m going back to New York where I’m putting a concert together that’s like a one-man show.
THR: Tell us more…
Tveit: A couple of venues in New York really support going in with a band and a one-person show. I’m still working on the set list but it’ll be songs that I’ve sung on previous shows, songs that I love, standards from pop culture, a little bit of everything. I’ve been away for 14 months, but when I get back home, I’m going to start working on it. That will kind of satisfy my singing wishes and desires.
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What with the SXSW premiere for “Graceland” last night, it’s no surprise there’s some accompanying articles and interviews with the show’s star, Aaron Tveit. Hollywood.com got the chance to speak to him after the screening, in which he was able to sing praises (unfortunately not literally) over the television medium. After working on Broadway for so long, he shares what he enjoys about the daily grind of filming for five weeks and building up collaborative relationships with its creators.
Hollywood.com caught up with Tveit at the roof party that followed the Graceland premiere and cast Q&A explained his reasoning for choosing to do television after the success of Les Mis was simple: “I think the best writing right now is in television.” He continued, “I’m a huge television watcher, I’m a fan of Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Those shows I think, but obviously starting with The Sopranos and The Wire, are why you’re seeing film actors who would have never done TV before, all of a sudden want a series. The stigma [about TV] is gone.”
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HQ pictures courtesy of Matt Bomer Fan.
Aaron Tveit is currently attending South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The annual event is an interactive conference used as a platform to promote movies, television shows, and hosts a large array of live music. This year, USA Network used the festival to launch the premiere of their upcoming series, “Graceland.” After many lucky attendees got to view a special screening of the pilot, the cast – including Aaron, Brandon Jay McLaren, Daniel Sunjata, Vanessa Ferlito, Serinda Swan, and Manny Montana – gathered together for a Q&A panel with fans.