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.|
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."|
|Music that makes you cry, any genre:||Any one of Luciano Pavarotti's numerous performances of "Nessun dorma" from Turandot|
|MAC or PC?||MAC!!! (please send free products to the address below...)|
|Most played song on your iPod:||"The Distance Between" (Elijah Ford). Close second: "Lost in the Light" (Bahamas). Geez! I must be in a "softy" phase.|
|Most-visited websites:||Google image search: "Matt Lauria tricycle banana"|
|Last book you read:||Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"|
|Must-see TV show(s):||Downton Abbey, Luther, Mad Men, Girls, Homeland|
|Last good movie you saw:||"Silver Linings Playbook"|
|Some films you consider classics:|| "It's a Wonderful Life"
"A Streetcar Named Desire"
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:||Michelle Armstrong, lead singer of the rock band, Dame (and also my foxy wife).|
|Pop culture guilty pleasure:||Old school Mariah Carey|
|Favorite cities:||Austin, TX; Dublin, Ireland; Boston, MA|
|First CD/Tape/LP you owned:||CD: "Gangsta's Paradise" (Coolio). Tape: "Ride the Lightning" (Metallica).|
|First stage or screen kiss:||Romeo and Juliet|
|Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager:||Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile in high school.|
|Favorite liquid refreshment:||Sparkling water|
|Pre-show rituals or warm-ups:||I watch The Last of the Mohicans and then run around in a loin cloth.|
|Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:||
High school, sophomore year: I was understudying the role of Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa and I got to go on one night. The role has three huge narrative monologues. Halfway through my third one, I thought, "Oh sh#t! I've already said this speech...oh no, wait...have I? F*#k!"
And then I just stood there limply, staring out at the audience of moms and peers. I honestly considered bolting, but then I pictured my teacher, lurking in the wings, waiting to tackle me (she was a robust woman) and decided to take my chances on stage instead.
I vamped... badly. It was the WORST feeling.
|Worst job you ever had:||There were several horrible (restaurant and retail) ones. I was fired from most of them.|
|Who have you played on "Law & Order"? What edition?||Jake Lally, a kid accused, who didn't do it... dhum, dhum, dhum! "Criminal Intent" (season 7, episode 20). I played Dreama Walker's older brother. I had four lines.|
|Favorite screen/commercial gigs:||"Friday Night Lights"|
|What drew you to this project?||I loved the script and I wanted to work with David Cromer.|
|Most challenging role you have played:||Each project, in recent years, has come with its own stack of challenges. Otherwise, it would not be worth doing.|
|Leading man role you've been dying to play:||Davis in Paul Downs Collaizzo's Really Really|
|Leading lady role you wish you could play:||Juliet|
|Something about you that surprises people:||I've never drank alcohol.|
|Career you would want if not a performer:||Play in a rock n' roll band!|
|Three things you can't live without:||My wife, electric guitars, pecan pie.|
|"I'll never understand why…"||… some people let their cell phones ring and ring in public without silencing them.|
|Words of advice for aspiring performers:||When you're starting out, have a clear idea about the types of projects you want to do... and then never lower your standards. Also, here's a bit of advice I was given: There's no such thing as being good; there's only working hard and having fun.|