By Matthew Blank
29 Jan 2013
He has appeared onstage in An Upset (EST) and Wright Flight (Roanoke Island Festival, NC).
Lauria was a regular on TV's "Gilded Lilys" (ABC), "The Chicago Code" (Fox) and "Friday Night Lights" (NBC). Additional screen work includes "Parenthood" (NBC), "CSI" (CBS) and "Lipstick Jungle" (NBC).
|Full given name:||Matthew Lauria|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Born near DC. Grew up in Dublin, Ireland.|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||Dad: Animator/Artist. Mom: Nurse.|
|Siblings:||One sister has degrees in philosophy/ethics and conflict resolution. As a part-time gig, she translates/edits political texts... in Mandarin. |
The other sister is a horse trainer and badass-cowgirl. They are both knockouts.
|Special skills:||I can throw knives rather impressively, and jump over most people's arms at shoulder height. Truth. Hiya!|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Remembering names... and faces (Ugh!)|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Ragtime or Chicago, one of the two.|
|Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?||
When I was 20, in L.A., I met Kevin Spacey, who told me that if I really wanted to be an actor I should go back to school (I had dropped out) and get legitimate training. |
So we met at Samuel French on Sunset Blvd. and he helped me pick out about a dozen plays, from which to choose audition pieces; he then coached me on the monologues. It was surreal; he was one of my idols in high school. I'll always be grateful.
|If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?||Ooh...toughy. Maybe Elia Kazan's Death of a Salesman, with Lee J. Cobb (1949), OR the original production of American Buffalo, with Kenneth McMillan and Duval.|
|Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:||I saw Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in Chicago, and I would definitely recommend it. I'd like to see The Book of Mormon [and would like to have seen] Golden Boy and Glengarry Glen Ross.|
|Favorite showtune(s) of all time:||"Heaven on Their Minds" (Jesus Christ Superstar), "Corner of the Sky" (Pippin), "A New World" (Songs for a New World), "Comfort and Joy" (Bat Boy), "Lily's Eyes" (The Secret Garden).|
|Some favorite musicals:||The Secret Garden, Rent, Les Miserables, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Bat Boy, Into the Woods, Ragtime, Once on this Island|
|Some favorite modern plays:||The Libertine, American Buffalo|
|Some favorite modern playwrights:||Stephen Jeffreys, David Rabe, David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Suzan-Lori Parks, Tennessee Williams, Tracy Letts|
|Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||Marlon Brando, and (why the heck not) Michael Chekhov.|
|Your personal performance idols, living or dead:||All obvious (but deservedly so): Brando, Orson Welles, Day-Lewis, Pacino, Hoffman, Pete Postlethwaite, Malkovich, Cate Blanchett, Duvall, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Macy, Kevin Spacey, Danny Devito, Helen Mirren, Streep and the list goes on and on and on and on...|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||In 2005 I saw Ben Whishaw in a bizarre play called Mercury Fur at a tiny theater called the Chocolate Factory in London. His performance made me think, "Damn, I need to step it up."|
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