‘Stereotypically You’ is Not a “Paint-by-Numbers Rom-Com”

February 22, 2016 • Category: BrainDead, Grease: Live, Stereotypically You 1

While we wait for a release date for Stereotypically You, we can at least read Aaron Tveit’s thoughts on the upcoming romantic-comedy he stars in. Talking to Collider, he addresses what drew him to the role and why it isn’t like other rom-coms, including showing the process of love and discovery from a man’s perspective.

Although this interview primarily focuses on Stereotypically You, there’s also some chatter about Aaron’s new CBS show, “BrainDead,” as well as the incredibly successful presentation of Fox’s “Grease: Live.” Read an excerpt below before heading to the source for more.

This is not the kind of romantic comedy where everything is wrapped up neatly with a bow. Was that also appealing to you?
TVEIT:
Yeah, and I think that’s something Ben also really wanted to convey. Even though the film goes out of reality, the real reality of the movie is realistic. Things don’t always tie up in a nice bow. Even when you make strides with people and relationships, it’s complicated. Life doesn’t move in a linear fashion. Life makes lefts and rights, and it doubles back. What I also really liked about Ben’s script is that Charlie is okay, but he’s not riding off into the sunset with a new girl, which is another way that it doesn’t fall into cliche.

SOURCE: Collider

“The Morning Show” (February 2016)

G’day! Aaron Tveit is currently in Australia and in the midst of rehearsals for his upcoming concert series honoring Stephen Schwartz, Defying Gravity. While there, he’s squeezing in some promo, including a stop at “The Morning Show.” You can watch the video above, in which he mentions Defying Gravity and chats a bit more about the “Grease: Live” experience. He also plays a “game” called Co-star Connotations, in which he gives quick thoughts about several actors he’s worked with, like Australia’s own Hugh Jackman.

As a bonus, Aaron also talked to Alan Jones on his Breakfast Show, which you can listen to here.

Access Hollywood Live (February 2016)

Just because “Grease: Live” is over doesn’t mean the media is done talking about the critically acclaimed television event. Earlier today, Aaron Tveit appeared on Access Hollywood Live to give more deets on the ambitious production — like the pressure of costume changes (particularly just before and during “Those Magic Changes”) and how they rehearsed a potentially different opening just fifteen minutes before showtime because of the testy weather.

In the second half of the interview – which you can view by continuing below – they discuss Stereotypically You and a little bit of Aaron’s upcoming CBS comic-thriller, “BrainDead.”

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KTLA (February 2016)

February 5, 2016 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Grease: Live, Stereotypically You 1

Yesterday morning, Aaron Tveit appeared on KTLA to talk about “Grease: Live” now that the pressure of the live show is over. He shares some previously unknown details about the production – including having as many as 15-20 stage managers – and reveals that he headed to In-N-Out for burgers and fries once the show wrapped. There’s a brief mention of Stereotypically You at the end (which has its world premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival tomorrow), but the interview primarily focuses on the tremendous feat that was “Grease: Live.”

Going on a Date with Aaron Tveit

February 5, 2016 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Grease: Live 4

Ever wonder what it’d be like to go on a date with Aaron Tveit? Well, Glamour magazine took care of it for you by sending one of their reporters to the Frosty Palace with Aaron. There, they took their time – over plastic milkshakes and fries – to talk about “Grease: Live,” sports, and even some relationship advice. And, yes, Aaron answers the question on so many minds: he is, in fact, single. Read the excerpt below for a taste of the interview, then head to the source for the full piece:

Glamour: Of all the characters you’ve played, which one is closest to your personality?
Aaron:
That’s so interesting. It’s different times in your life, you know? It’s so hard to say. All of them have different aspects of my personality. I think [Catch Me If You Can‘s] Frank Abagnale Jr. is the closest, without the con-man part. [laughs] He’s the guy I hope to still be. I think it’s similar to how I was younger: wide-eyed and optimistic. I’m a very positive person, and I always find the good in things and work really hard.

SOURCE: GLAMOUR

Returning to Musicals in “Grease: Live”

In a recent interview with Nylon, Aaron Tveit spoke about his then-upcoming role of Danny Zuko in Fox’s “Grease: Live.” There’s a great conversation happening throughout, including him finding the balance between working on television and his ongoing love for musicals. In fact, there’s quite a discussion of musicals throughout, including which “muscles” he uses when performing and what his worst stage experience was (a story he had previously never shared). Check out the excerpt below – and new pics in the gallery – before heading to the source for the full interview.

This project is a perfect symbiosis of the two things that you’ve been doing throughout your life, which is musicals on stage and acting in front of the camera. What’s that been like?
It’s amazing. It’s a very similar feeling that I had when all the Les Mis stuff came together, because at that time, I had been working on stage and working on television and doing some films and that kind of felt like a perfect storm of all of them combined. When I was starting out in film and television, I wanted to have a lot of the work that I did initially not necessarily have to do with musicals. I didn’t want just to be known as a musical guy. Now returning to it, I want to embrace it, because I haven’t done musicals on stage in New York since 2011, so to kind of be back doing this now, I’m kind of falling in love with it again.

SOURCE: NYLON

The “Emotional Rollercoaster” from “Graceland” to “BrainDead”

From the cancellation of “Graceland” to the immediate casting in CBS’ “BrainDead,” Aaron Tveit has experienced an “emotional rollercoaster” in recent months, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Although this new-ish interview was released before “Grease: Live” (and consequently talks about the then-upcoming live telecast), it delves pretty thoroughly into Aaron’s other television-based work.

After the abrupt cancellation of USA’s “Graceland” last year, fans were left in the dark as to what a possible fourth season might entail. Aaron finally gives some insight on what the writers were planning, which included searching for Jakes. Additionally, we learn some more about the upcoming comic-thriller Aaron will be starring in – “BrainDead” – and what attracted him to the role in the first place. “He’s not a kid,” he said of his character, Gareth. “This is a young man who’s already in his prime so I’m excited to do that.”

Read an excerpt of the interview below before heading to the source for the full piece:

You have a big year coming up with “BrainDead,” which you signed up for right after “Graceland” was canceled. What was that time like between gigs?

It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster because I did “The Good Wife” years ago; so they had called saying that they were interested in me and sent me the “BrainDead” script, and I loved it. But at that time, we were fairly confident that “Graceland” was going to get picked up and we thought the pick-up was imminent so I said I was unavailable. They saw some people and then they came back about a month later and it just worked out. We literally thought “Graceland” was going to get picked up any day, but I told them, I’m going to come in anyway. They knew full and well that “Graceland” might get picked up and then, the day that “Graceland” got canceled is when I was in the room with them; so it was just one of those things that there just seemed to be something else looking out, and it just seemed meant to be in the way it all worked out.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Grease: Live” Gets Ready

January 25, 2016 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Grease: Live, Television News 0

There are two new articles pertaining to “Grease: Live” that talk about preparing for the groundbreaking production, set to air live on Fox on various sound stages (with live audience). There are various quotes from cast and crew in the articles – by Los Angeles Times and New York Times – that further gives insight into this ambitious project. Check out excerpts below before heading to the sources for the full article:

The elaborate NBC renderings rotated scenes on one New York soundstage; the Fox affair is even more ambitious. The production will unfold over two soundstages housing a number of sets on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. Production will also take place on Midwest Street — i.e., a backlot that they’ll use for exterior scenes of Rydell High and the carnival grounds.

“Ask me after it’s all over if I think the multiple soundstages was a good idea,” joked stage director Thomas Kail, known most recently for his celebrated stage work with Lin-Manuel Miranda in the smash Hamilton. “I wanted it to feel vibrant and vital the way the film did,” he said. “I wanted locations that felt like real places that could ground us so when we lift off and go to the fantasy of ‘Greased Lightnin” or the Teen Angel arrives, you have something to depart from.”

SOURCE: LOS ANGELES TIMES

“We have affection for the movie and the stage play just as much as everybody else,” [Thomas] Kail said. “But it’s not about trying to redo those. It’s trying to capture the spirit.” …

[Aaron] Tveit, who is a bit more James Dean than John Travolta, said that he had a difficult time breaking free of the movie. “I had to say my lines out loud over and over for, like, two weeks before I got Travolta’s voice out of my head,” he said. “Tommy really helped,” Mr. Tveit continued. “He has this way of telling you what he wants without making you feel like your original choice was wrong. For actors, that’s everything.”

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES

“Grease: Live” Promo Video Master Post

January 25, 2016 • Category: Articles & Interviews, Grease: Live 1

With so many promo videos for “Grease: Live” circling around, it can get a little intimidating keeping up! There’s also so many that site updates would be seemingly endless. Because of that, I’ve decided to create a “master post” featuring all the shorter videos that otherwise might get lost in the news shuffle.

Here, you’ll find videos that often feature Aaron Tveit in small interviews or as a soundbite. The newest videos will always be at the top, so keep checking back in (and following ATN on Twitter, where I’m constantly [re-]tweeting the latest as they’re released). To continue, click below:

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“Grease: Live” Rehearsals Have Begun Trailer

January 18, 2016 • Category: Grease: Live, Television News 0

If you haven’t yet checked out any “Grease: Live” promos (what are you waiting for?), then you definitely need to give the latest promo video a watch. Here’s your main incentive: at the start, we have a vocal tease of Aaron Tveit-as-Danny. Footage from the extensive rehearsals is shown, including new shots of the cast, as well as a clip of Jessie J singing “Grease (Is The Word).” “Grease: Live” airs on Fox Sunday, January 31st at 7PM EST.

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