PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: One Man, Two Guvnors and U.K. "Office" Star Oliver Chris

By Matthew Blank
14 Aug 2012

First stage kiss: I honestly can't remember. I bet it was brilliant though.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: When I realized that you could actually get paid for shouting.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Dirty Martinis, Gin Martinis, Manhattans, Red Wine, White Wine, Stella Artois. In that order.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I like to shout at my dresser. Usually something like, "Where's my f**king socks!?" or "Get out!”
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I once attacked Gael Garcia Bernal's face with a pair of pliers. He was... not happy.
Worst costume ever: The McDonalds uniform I wore for the 3 hideous days I worked there.
Worst job you ever had: I have been fired from most of the bars and pubs in Leicester Square. And a McDonalds.
How did you research for this performance? I lived undercover as a minor aristocrat for six years then murdered my girlfriend's brother. It was interesting.
Most challenging role you have played onstage: Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance Of Being Earnest. It's an annoying and impossible part.
Some favorite screen or commercial roles: I quite like being able to say I was in "The Office." Also, having Judi Dench cradle my head and recite some of Shakespeare's most beautiful poetry for six weeks was pretty cool too.
If you could trade roles with anyone in your show for a week, who would it be and why? James Corden. Because I want to be a STAR!!
What has been the biggest difference performing the show in NYC, compared to the UK? There is a depressing lack of ethnic diversity in the audiences of both.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: All of them.
Leading lady role you wish you could play: I'd make a beautiful Rumpleteaser.
Career you would want if not a performer: I wanted to be a fighter pilot for a while, but I'm too tall, too stupid and I don't like flying. So it was a bit of a non-starter.
Three things you can't live without: My polka-dot hoodie, Negronis, Kenny Loggins
"I'll never understand why…" ... I'm not better at karaoke.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Never stop clawing.