PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Born Yesterday Tony Nominee Nina Arianda

By Matthew Blank
07 Jun 2011

Nina Arianda
Nina Arianda
Photo by Joan Marcus

Nina Arianda, a 2011 Tony Award nominee for her performance as Billie Dawn in the revival of Born Yesterday at the Cort Theatre, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

The play marks Arianda's Broadway debut. In 2010 she starred as Vanda in David Ives’ Venus in Fur, a performance which earned her a Clarence Derwent Award, a Theatre World Award and a Clive Barnes Award. (She also makes an appearance in Woody Allen's new film, "Midnight in Paris.")



Name: Nina Arianda
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Manhattan. Raised in Clifton, NJ, and Heidelberg, Germany.
Special skills: I'm bilingual.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Math

First Broadway show you ever saw: Les Miserables
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Uta Hagen in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Recent show, other than your own, you have been recommending to friends: Good People
Favorite contemporary plays: Too many to list, but off the top of my head:

The Big Funk, Fool for Love, The Clean House, The Pink Bedroom

Favorite classic plays: Just to name a few:



Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamlet

Some favorite musicals: Nine, West Side Story, Smokey Joe's Cafe
Your personal acting idols: Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Carol Burnett, Elaine Stritch, Glenn Close, Uta Hagen, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench
Favorite playwrights of all time: Shakespeare, William Inge, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, John Patrick Shanley, Donald Margulies, Stephen Adly Guirgis, David Ives, Sam Shepard, David Lindsay-Abaire, Tom Stoppard, Neil LaBute, Sarah Ruhl

Stage or screen star of the past you would most love to have performed with Uta Hagen, Spencer Tracy and about a zillion more people!
MAC or PC? MAC
Most played song on your iPod: Recently, "Powerful Stuff" by Sean Hayes
Last book you read: "David Copperfield"
Must-see TV shows: "The Good Wife"
"Modern Family"
"Parks and Recreation"
Any British mystery
Last good movie you saw: "Blue Valentine"
Some films you consider classics: "Bicycle Thief"
"Noises Off"
"To Catch a Thief"
"A Streetcar Named Desire"
"Umberto D."
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Freddie Mercury. I wish it were still possible.
Three favorite cities: New York, New York, New York!
Favorite sports: Soccer, Darts
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Hermia
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: At a poetry recital at age 4
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Sushi
Favorite liquid refreshment: Coconut Water
Worst job you ever had: Selling shoes
Leading lady roles you've been dying to play: Kate in Taming of the Shrew
Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
May in Fool for Love
Lady Percy
Woman in The Pink Bedroom
Leading man roles you wish you could play: Hamlet, Stanley Kowalski, Cyrano
Career you would want if not a performer: Opera conductor
"I'll never understand why..." ... some people choose to be unkind.
Words of wisdom for aspiring performers? Give it all you got!