Cue & A: Curious Incident's Helen Carey on Hugh Jackman, Her Stage Idols and Being "Hooked to" Stacy Keach

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Tony nominee Helen Carey, an original cast member of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Helen Carey
Helen Carey

Carey has appeared on Broadway in Pygmalion and London Assurance (Tony nomination, Theatre World Award).

Other stage works includes regional stagings of Long Day’s Journey into Night, Other Desert Cities, Noises Off, Major Barbara (Helen Hayes Award), Macbeth, Death of a Salesman, The Cherry Orchard, Arms and the Man, The School for Scandal and All My Sons.

Name: Helen Carey
Where you were born/where you were raised: Boston, MA
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Siblings: 2 brothers, 1 sister
Something you're really bad at: Frisbee
First Broadway show you ever saw: West Side Story
Current/recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: Most anything of Stephen Sondheim
Your personal acting idols, living or dead: Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith
MAC or PC? MAC
Last book you read: “Body and Soul” by Frank Conroy
Must-see TV show: “Homeland”
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Hugh Jackman
Pop culture guilty pleasure: “Dancing With the Stars”
Three favorite cities: Paris, London, Istanbul
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: High school production of G.B. Shaw's St. Joan
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Natsumi on West 50th
Favorite liquid refreshment: Red wine
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Voice and movement warm up
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Stacy Keach and I were doing Macbeth. The front of his beautiful costume got caught on the back laces of my beautiful costume and we had to glide off stage hooked together!
Worst costume ever: A chicken
Best costume ever: Cleopatra
Worst job you’ve ever had: A 60-second voiceover where i had to repeat many times: “just tip and tap a drop of Drop and Stop air freshener…”
What drew you to this project? Being able to work with Marianne Elliott
What has been the biggest challenge so far? The exacting choreography
What has been the most fun or fulfilling aspect of this show/character? It really is an ensemble production
Most challenging role you have played onstage: Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night
Something about you that surprises people: I’m not British
Three things you can't live without: Family, travel, chocolate
Words of advice for aspiring performers: I love what I do. But you have to ask yourself if it really is the career above all others you want to pursue. If the answer is yes and you are not put off by the uncertainty of employment, go for it!
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