CUE & A REVISITED: "Pop Culture Guilty Pleasures"; Over 70 Actors Respond

By Playbill Staff
September 2, 2013

From "Dance Moms" and "The Real Housewives," to Lady Gaga, Joan Rivers and Katy Perry, these are the pop culture guilty pleasures that entertain New York City actors when they're not busy dazzling audiences.



(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor's entry in the Playbill Vault.)

Joanna Christie
"Glee." I must have unwittingly been a closet fan of musicals all along. I'm so sad to hear of the recent tragic death of one of its stars, Cory Monteith.

Sara Chase
"Dance Moms." I know. I hate me, too.

Jeff Hiller
Artistic competition shows. I might be the last person in New York still watching “Project Runway.”

Jenny Bacon
"Collapse" by Jared Diamond

Alton Fitzgerald White
"Chopped"

Carrie Coon
"The Walking Dead"

Billy Magnussen
Pink Berry, is that still pop culture?

Nic Rouleau
"Dance Moms"

Annaleigh Ashford
"The Real Housewives." I don’t miss an episode.

Bryan Terrell Clark
Silly pop music... even Ke$ha

Lesli Margherita

Teal Wicks
E! Fashion Police

Lesli Margherita
"Dance Moms," "Drag Race," "Toddlers and Tiaras" and yes… The Kardashians.

Celina Carvajal
"America's Next Top Model" Booty Tooch! Smize!

Shalita Grant
Bravo. I am a junkie and Andy "Cohens" is my boo! (I made his last name plural on purpose, it's this cute thing that we do, only he doesn't know me and doesn't know that I do that.)

Phumzile Sojola
UFC and "48 Hours." My wife hates that I watch these shows but I enjoy them.

Madeleine Martin
Watching "New Girl"

Matt Lauria
Old school Mariah Carey

Gerard Canonico
"Jersey Shore"

Daniel Jenkins
Nicki Minaj. Just so wonderfully out there.

Kate Arrington
"Dr. Katz" and "Arrested Development" (and I don't feel guilty!)

Andrew Durand

Andrew Durand
Ha if we're talking "guilty," then probably Beyonce or Ke$ha. Also "Jersey Shore" and "Flavor of Love." Flava Flaaaaave!!

Jenni Barber
"The Chew." It just looks like they have so much fun on that show! And they just laugh and eat and eat and laugh... oh man, I love it.

Brynn O'Malley
“Bachelor Pad." I’ve never seen “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” but “Bachelor Pad” was some of the finest reality television I have ever seen. The season finale this year still haunts me. It’s THE WORST. Check it out.

Andrew Samonsky
PSY's Gangnam Style! I can't stop watching that man dance!!!

Michael Cristofer
Joan Rivers

Sharon Washington
"The Walking Dead"

Andrew Keenan-Bolger
I get all my pop culture news from Michael Buckley of the "What the Buck" show on YouTube. He is a hysterical guy and one of the first people to support me as a filmmaker. I owe a lot to him!

Erin Mackey
"The Bachelor/Bachelorette." I love it so much.

Graham Rowat
"Call Me Maybe"

Ashley Spencer
Reality TV

Howard McGillin

Howard McGillin
"Real Housewives of New York"
"Extra"
"Access Hollywood"

Christina DeCicco
I like to keep up with the Kardashians...

Anna Chlumsky
The Housewives on Bravo. All of 'em.

Bruce Dow
Katy Perry

Jayne Houdyshell
I am more than a little ashamed of this but... “Dance Moms.” Lordy.

Jay Armstrong Johnson
"Call Me Maybe"

Alex Timbers
I love Brit pop without judgment, the good and the terrible.

Spencer Kayden
Haskell and I have Justin Bieber dance parties in the living room

Elizabeth A. Davis
Katy Perry's song, "Teenage Dream"

Michael Cumpsty
Lady Gaga

Bryce Pinkham
Miley Cyrus' song "Party in the USA." Don't know why, but I am guilty as charged!

Molly Ranson

Jennifer Laura Thompson
Reality TV

Josh Young
"The Bachelor"

Nikki Renee Daniels
Anything involving a "Real Housewife"

Molly Ranson
“Jersey Shore”

Celisse Henderson
"Dance Moms"

Emma Hunton
Ke$ha

Ramin Karimloo
"The Ultimate Fighter" …or …… TOWIE (aka "The Only Way Is Essex"). Sorry!

Van Hughes
YouTube videos of skateboarding accidents

Carla Gugino
I don't believe in guilty pleasure. Only in pleasure...

Matt Shingledecker
Give me a good viral video any day.

John Leguizamo

Alice Ripley
Taylor Swift, but who feels guilty??!!

Jenn Harris
Going to work in the East Village

Marlo Thomas
Late-night comedy clubs

Gabriel Ebert
Steely Dan

Terri White
Video games

Gavin Lee
Watching "The Biggest Loser." They get SO thin by the end!!!!!

John Leguizamo
The Black Eyed Peas. They cannot make a song that isn't catchy.

Lauren Molina
Beyonce and Rihanna

Corbin Bleu
Planking

Rebecca Luker
Watching any of the Hoarding shows. It's more sad, of course, than pleasurable.

Michael Esper
"Jersey Shore." It's just filthy and I'm so into it.

Chester Gregory
Anything MAC. Every year I’m one of the first in line for any new Apple product.

Sarah Stiles

Sarah Stiles
Ummmm.... E! and everything that channel has to offer.

Gregg Edelman
"Project Runway" and "Wipeout"

Thomas Sadoski
Susan Blackwell

Michele Pawk
"Glee" - need I say more? And I don't even feel that guilty!

Emily Skinner
Hulu.com pleases me endlessly.

Norm Lewis
Watching every reality show I say that I hate.

Adam Chanler-Berat
"Real Housewives of New York City" is the trump card, I think.

Carolee Carmello
I did watch a couple of episodes of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" hoping to see some of my neighbors.

Sierra Boggess
Trashy reality TV shows. I am fascinated that people actually go on those things! It's like a bad car wreck… I can't look away, but I want to!

Montego Glover
This isn't pop culture at all, but that program on TLC about hoarders is fascinating. It's the psychology. I can't look away.

Stark Sands
"Top Chef"

Michael Arden
Lady Gaga. Although she may transcend “pop.” By saying that, I acknowledge the fact that I am a full blown fan.