PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: The Winslow Boy Star Charlotte Parry
05 Nov 2013
Charlotte Parry, who stars as Catherine in Roundabout's Broadway production of The Winslow Boy, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Parry previously appeared on Broadway as Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, Young Thomas Ledbury in Coram Boy and Debbie in The Real Thing.
Other theatre work includes the Bridge Project's Cherry Orchard and A Winter’s Tale, As You Like It (London/ BAM), Equivocation (MTC), Rainbow Kiss (Play Company), The Master Builder (Irish Rep), Pygmalion (Old Globe) and The Turn of the Screw (Westport).
Full given name:
Charlotte Jane Parry
Where you were born/where you were raised:
Birmingham, England. Grew up in Birmingham, Oxford, Vienna and Massachusetts.
What your parents did/do for a living:
Father advises the government of global warming, and my mother did hardest job on earth: raised a family.
Older sister, Joanna. Lives in London with two little girls and one little boy.
I make a mean truffle. I can wiggle my ears.
Something you're REALLY bad at:
Where to start? Patience. Cooking (because of the patience issue). Finishing my paintings (because of the patience issue).
First Broadway show you ever saw:
Well, being from England I guess I'll do West End: Cats. Loved it. Wanted to be a cat.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?
August: Osage County. I think I'm the only person in New York who didn't see it.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor?
Lynn Redgrave. She still inspires me.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
"Somewhere" from West Side Story
Matilda, West Side Story
Some favorite modern plays:
Rainbow Kiss, Bluebird
Some favorite modern playwrights:
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
Anything written by my ex-boyfriend who now makes music in Texas.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
Cats. (yes it's not cool but yes it's true)
Your personal acting idols:
Emma Thompson, Edie Falco
MAC or PC?
BBC radio 4/World Service
Most played song on your iPod:
"Stronger" by Mandisa
Last book you read:
Um...Grisham? Last "classy and impressive" book I read was about 6 months ago. No idea what it was, though. Oh - probably anything by Barbara Trapido.
Must-see TV shows:
"Modern Family" and "Nurse Jackie"
Last good movie you saw:
"The Wings of The Dove" on Netflix, as research for the period The Winslow Boy is set in (1912-ish).
Some films you consider classics:
"The Tall Guy." Anyone who hasn't seen it has such a treat in store.
Pop culture guilty pleasure:
"Dance Moms." Sadly no longer screening.
Three favorite cities:
NYC, Madrid, London
First CD/Tape/LP you owned:
"All I Ask of You" with Sarah Brightman - 7" single!
First stage kiss:
I went to an all-girl's school and was playing Orlando in As You Like It. So I got a big snog from the girl in the year above me playing Rosalind.
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