PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Seminar Star Hamish Linklater

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Seminar Star Hamish Linklater
 
Hamish Linklater, making his Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck's Seminar, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Hamish Linklater
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Notable stage credits include The School for Lies (Obie Award), Twelfth Night (Drama Desk nomination), The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale, Good Thing and Hamlet.

He is known to television audiences for his five seasons on "The New Adventures of Old Christine," as well as the films "Fantastic Four" and "Groove."

Full given name: Hamish Eric Linklater
Where you were born/where you were raised: NYC/ Western Massachusetts
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
What your parents did/do for a living: Mom: Co-founder of Shakespeare & Co, professor at Columbia University, author of "Freeing the Natural Voice"

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Dad: Raconteur

First Broadway show you ever saw: The Corn Is Green starring Cicely Tyson, understudied by my mom.
If you could go back in time and catch any performance, what would it be? Gielgud or Olivier in Romeo and Juliet
Current show—other than your own—that you have been recommending to friends: The Love's Labour's Lost that recently closed at the Public blew me away.
Stage or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Duse, Keaton, Brando
Your personal acting idols, living or dead: Mark Rylance, Al Pacino, Jeffrey Wright, Amy Ryan, Sarah Bernhardt, Mark Ruffalo, Hal Holbrook, Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Eddie Redmayne, Ben Whishaw, Vanessa Redgrave, Denzel Washington, Cate Blanchett, Brando, Burton, Sellers, Burbage...
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Tie: Brian Cox in Titus Andronicus at RSC, and Peter and Wendy by Mabou Mines.
Most played song on your iPod: "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem and Rihanna
Most-visited website: ESPN
Last book you read: "I Curse the River of Time" by Per Petterson
Must-see TV shows: "The Office" (groan, I know. I can't shake it.)
Last good movie you saw: "Moneyball"
Some films you consider classics: "Funny Bones" directed by Peter Chelsom
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Q&A's
Favorite cities: New York, Los Angeles, Kirkwall
Favorite sport/team/player: Yankees, Lakers, Bears, Jeter, Magic, Sweetness
First stage kiss: Something in high school
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: The Changeling Child
How you got your Equity card: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at Actors Theatre of Louisville. I played Tom Sawyer.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: (note where) Wings (hot) and Martinis (dry) at the Bullmoose on 44th Street between 8th and 9th. Definitely post-show.
Favorite liquid refreshment: See above
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Hoping to remember my lines
Worst costume ever: Whatever I wore when getting a hernia exam in a Craig Lucas play. It didn't cover enough of me.
Worst job you ever had: Filing death certificates for an insurance agency.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Romeo Konstantin in The Seagull (too old)
Leading lady role you wish you could play: Romeo Nina in The Seagull (not young enough)
Something you are incredibly proud of: My daughter
Words of advice for aspiring performers: You can always try harder. Listen to your mother. Ignore your mother. Don't ever worry about being happy, just hope to be as deeply engaged with whatever it is you're doing as you can.
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