CUE & A: Stage and Screen Star Julia Stiles on Babysitting Allergies, Mamet Men and Her Current Project, Phoenix
22 Jul 2014
Film star Julia Stiles, who returns to the New York stage July 28 in Scott Organ's Phoenix at the Cherry Lane Theatre, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Stiles has appeared onstage in Oleanna (Broadway), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park) and The Vagina Monologues.
Her extensive screen credits include "Ten Things I Hate About You," "Mona Lisa Smile," "Dexter," "State and Main," "Save the Last Dance," "O," "The Bourne Supremacy," "The Business of Strangers" and "Silver Linings Playbook."
The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street. Visit phoenixtheplay.com for more information.
Full given name:
Julia O’Hara Stiles
Where you were born/where you were raised:
Aries, Cancer rising
What your parents did/do for a living:
They own a ceramics business. My mom makes the work, my dad sells it.
Two, a younger brother and sister
Do you have any early mentors or people who inspired you to pursue the performing arts?
I’m pretty good at "name that tune"
Something you're REALLY bad at:
Going to bed early
First Broadway show you ever saw:
A Doll’s House with Janet McTeer, woah!
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?
Measure for Measure in the park with Meryl Streep
Current or recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:
Cavewoman with Michael Cavadias (you have to search it, cuz it’s not on Broadway and it’s always a surprise)
All things Fosse, Guys and Dolls, Hair, Cabaret, Threepenny Opera, Rocky Horror
Some favorite modern plays:
Laughing Wild (Christopher Durang) and Hysteria (Terry Johnson)
Some favorite modern playwrights:
Scott Organ! Christopher Durang, Mamet, LaBute, Tracy Letts
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would have most loved to perform with:
Philip Seymour Hoffman. We worked together on a movie, but live performance would have been special.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
Fiona Shaw in Medea
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
Anything with passion. A strong drum beat makes me ecstatic, a thoughtful singer makes me cry.
Your personal acting idols:
Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Tim Curry, Natalie Wood ("Splendor in the Grass!"), Catherine O’Hara, Diane Weist, Amy Adams
MAC or PC?
PC, What? PC, Who?
Most played song on your iPod:
“I Follow Rivers” by Lykki Li
Free Will Astrology, NPR music, Literary Jukebox, Chances with Wolves
Last book you read:
“All That Is” by James Salter
Must-see TV show(s):
Last good movie you saw:
Some films you consider classics:
"Cool Hand Luke," "Clue," "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Three Caballeros," "Vacation," "Splendor in The Grass"
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.