Did you catch Aaron Tveit on “The TODAY Show” earlier this morning? He and co-star Daniel Sunjata were special guests on the program, there to talk about their USA series, “Graceland,” which debuts tomorrow evening. The interview is short and sweet, but they talk about the premise of the show and – at the end – show off their shooting skills using Nerf toy guns. Check out the video below; or, if you’re international, you may want to give YouTube a try.
Aaron Tveit attended the opening night for Good Television earlier this evening, June 4th, at the Atlantic Theater. Written by Rod McLachlan, and directed by Bob Krakower, the play “pulls back the curtain on modern television drama at its most extreme.” Afterwards, attendees gathered at Jake’s Saloon to celebrate the new off-Broadway play. A couple of pictures have been added to the gallery, with hopefully more to come.
In a new interview with, well, Interview Magazine, Aaron Tveit goes in-depth on the amount of research he conducted in order to properly portray Mike Warren in “Graceland.” Although he doesn’t mention books by name, he does elaborate on what they taught him — including how the FBI changed post-9/11 and why it’s important for an actor to correctly hold a gun. He also talks about his maybe-maybe not future music career and why he wanted to sing Taylor Swift at his 54 Below shows. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more:
DAWN KAY: Did you do any preparation that was specific to this role? Particularly in relation to Mike’s budding career as an FBI agent?
AARON TVEIT: I did read a lot. There were a couple books that were suggested about undercover agents for us in preparation for the pilot. I was really interested in the fact that in pilot they speak about my character as someone who has just graduated top of his class at the FBI academy. That brought up a lot of questions for me: What does that actually mean? What does someone who has just graduated at the top of his class, what does he tangibly have to be good at? Smart at? I learned a lot about the FBI and how it’s structured. After 9/11, the amount of applicants the FBI received increased exponentially. Whereas you used to require a college degree, and it was a small group of people who were just out of college, after 9/11, it changed. Most applicants that get in now have at least one Master’s degree, so it’s really the crème de la crème of the academic world that then goes into this FBI academy and into law enforcement.
Earlier this year, on February 21st, there was a “Graceland” press day held on set in South Florida. Finally, TV Equals has posted an account of what was discussed with co-stars Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata. They’ve also shared some amazing pictures of the two cast members during the interview(s), along with a few on set shots of filming. Read an excerpt below before heading to the source for a more in-depth transcript:
Mike will get a romantic interest this season. Asked about the chance of romance for Mike in the first season, Tveit said: “I meet a girl; actually, it’s really nice. [Mike] is such an East Coast guy that being out on the West Coast and being in this situation is so not what he bargained for, and then [he] meets this beautiful girl, and she happens to be spending the summer out here, and she’s from the DC area, and we kind of bond over that. And then that gets very complicated too, because I really care for this girl, but then I literally have to lie to her all the time, and so it becomes a very straining thing too about that I want to be honest with this person, and I can’t be honest with this person.”
SOURCE: TV EQUALS
Those lucky enough to attend one of the fifteen screenings of “Graceland” on Wednesday, May 29th, were also treated to a special Q&A with the cast. Although there isn’t any official video footage from the event, I’ve added several HQ photos from the panel that feature Aaron Tveit, Daniel Sunjata, Vanessa Ferlito, Serinda Swan, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Manny Montana. (For those who want to see the Q&A, you may want to try searching YouTube…)
The New York Post has just released a new article featuring the “boy wonder,” Aaron Tveit. It features a pretty great look into his drive to succeed, instilled at a early age (learning violin in kindergarten) and continuing to this day (booking roles in Les Misérables and “Graceland” mere days apart). There was some buzz among fans over Aaron receiving a degree last year, and the article also elaborates on that process. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the full article:
Born in Middletown, NY, Tveit’s talent became evident at an early age. He learned to play the violin in kindergarten. He took up the French horn and joined the choir in fourth grade. By high school, he was juggling play rehearsals and practice for soccer, basketball, and golf.
“I’d go to school at 7:30 in the morning and wouldn’t get home until 9 or 10 at night,” he says.
Tveit interrupted study for a degree in theater at Ithaca College to join the national tour of Rent; he went back for one semester before joining Broadway’s Hairspray, as Link Larkin. He never returned to college, but his stage work, including a starring role as jet-setting con man Frank Abagnale Jr. in the 2011 musical Catch Me If You Can, earned him academic credit and he finished required course work on line.
“My first graduation date was 2005, and I eventually graduated in 2012. So, yeah, I was on the 11-year plan,” he says, with a laugh.
SOURCE: NEW YORK POST
Photos courtesy of DeAdele.
In case you missed it, Aaron Tveit appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” last night, May 29th. Hosted by Andy Cohen, Aaron was paired up with Ethan Hawk and entertained various questions – some a little racy, others about favorite planets – while having a drink or two. He also showed off his unique talent of clapping with one hand. You can check out some photos in the gallery along with various clips from the episode and after-show below.
Hey, loyal Aaron Tveit fans! As many of you know, I recently spent a few days in New York. While there, I was lucky enough to catch two of Aaron’s shows at 54 Below, and I also had the opportunity to meet him and his wonderful manager, Elin. I cannot stress to you all just how kind and generous and supportive to/of me they were throughout my stay. Let’s take a moment to truly appreciate both of them and their hard work.
I’ve been teasing about some big, exciting changes for ATF, and here they are:
You are now visiting the official source for Aaron Tveit. That’s right! After some discussion, it was decided that I can wave the “official” banner high. So, what does that mean? Not too much, really. I’ll still be here to update on all the latest news, photos, and media as well as provide breaking news stories and exclusives. Also, say goodbye to ads!
What it does entail, however, is a rebranding. The site shall henceforth be known as simply AaronTveit.net or ATN, not Aaron Tveit Fan. (Seems more professional, don’t you think?) Consequently, ATN has an amazing new layout honoring the title change and status on the world wide web. Flor of Sweet Revelation designed for the site yet again, using a new “Graceland” promo shot. I adore the new, streamlined-yet-playful look, and I hope you do as well.
ATN’s affiliated social media accounts have also gone through name changes. You can now find ATN on Facebook at facebook.com/aarontveitnet or on Tumblr at aarontveitnet.tumblr.com. ATN’s Twitter account is still @aarontveitnet, and we are hoping to get it verified soon.
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.
There’s an upcoming show that will focus on all things theater! The series – entitled “On Stage Across America” – will begin airing on June 1st on local Time Warner Cable news channels. NY1 stage reporter Frank DiLella and Playbill’s Blake Ross will host the program that highlights Broadway, national tours, regional theater, and even high school drama programs.
Aaron Tveit will be featured in the first episode of “On Stage Across America,” so be sure to check your local listings. The episode also includes chats with 2013 Tony Award nominees and a look at high school musical theater competitions.