PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Kinky Boots Star Celina Carvajal

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02 Apr 2013

Celina Carvajal
Celina Carvajal

Celina Carvajal, back on Broadway as Nicola in the new Harvey Fierstein-Cyndi Lauper musical Kinky Boots, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

She has previously appeared on Broadway in Tarzan, Dracula, 42nd Street (Annie) and Cats (Demeter).

Other stage work includes The Toxic Avenger, Rooms (New World Stages), Radiant Baby (Public Theater), Empire (Spiegelworld), Prometheus Bound (ART), The Last Goodbye (Williamstown) and Bedbugs!!! (NYMF Outstanding Actor Award).

Carvajal is lead singer of the NYC-based rock band The Deafening, who will play their next gig April 24 at Arlene's Grocery on the Lower East Side.



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Full given name: Celina Consuela Gabriella Carvajal

I guess my father thought we were doing West Side Story.

Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born and raised in the heart of San Francisco in the Haight Ashbury, and YES my parents were and continue to be hippies!
Zodiac Sign:Aquarius
What your parents did/do for a living:My father is a choreographer and artistic director, and my mother was his prima ballerina and now choreographs and teaches dance.
Siblings:My sister is awesome. Her name is Calli Carvajal but she also goes by Bunny Huggems in the club kid scene.

She is a hair stylist, and specializes in over the top wigs and hair styles. Google "Kayvon Zand." She is his hair stylist.

Current audition song/monologue:This is embarrassing… I need to get some… any suggestions?
Special skills: I play classical piano.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Remembering people's names
First Broadway show you ever saw: Cats! The tour. Does that count?
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The original production of Sweeney Todd
Current or recent shows you recommended to friends: Once and Book of Mormon
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Pinball Wizard!"
Some favorite musicals: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Assassins, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Gene Kelly. I would say Richard Pryor, but I don't know how I would perform with him.
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Anne Wilson and Bon Scott
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Really any genre if the song gets me in the right place.
MAC or PC? MAC
Most played song on your iPod: Hahaha… apparently it's "Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC
Most-visited websites: Google, Facebook, YouTube, Bloomberg.com and Playbill (obviously!!!)
Last book you read: "Bad Dogs Have More Fun"
Must-see TV show(s): "Downton Abbey"
"The Walking Dead"
"Breaking Bad"
"Louie"
Last good movie you saw: "Silver Linings Playbook"
Some films you consider classics: "Clue"
"Trading Places"
"Coming To America"
"Beverly Hills Cop"
"Gremlins"
"Naked Gun"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: The original Guns N' Roses line up
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "America's Next Top Model" Booty Tooch! Smize!
Three favorite cities: Sydney, Paris, San Francisco
Favorite sport/team/player: Baseball/San Francisco Giants/Buster Posey!
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo & Juliet" and Depeche Mode's "Speak & Spell" (I would jump up and down on my bed to it!)
What are some of your most memorable roles as a kid or teenager and how old were you? My favorites were playing the Stepmother in Into the Woods at age 12, Ivy Smith in On the Town at age 16… but the best one by far was playing Princess #12 in Once Upon a Mattress at age 14. I don't know why but I always LOVED that scene.
First stage kiss: I was playing the lead girl in Carnival. That's all I remember.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: I was playing a bon bon in The Nutcracker when I was 3 years old! When I put my jazz hands in the air I just knew!
How you got your Equity card: 4th National Tour of Cats. I auditioned when I was 17 and they called me on my 18th birthday to offer me a swing position.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Kodama before, chicken teriyaki bento box.

Smith's Bar after for some dirty ol' Buffalo Chicken Wings!

Favorite liquid refreshment: Dunkin' Donuts iced tea before



Jameson after

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