THE LEADING MEN: Sebastian Stan, More Than Meets the Eye in Broadway's Picnic

By Brandon Voss
03 Feb 2013

Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan
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Back on the boards for the first time since 2007's Talk Radio, the "Captain America" and "Political Animals" star reveals the truth about the shirtless torso that everyone's talking about.

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Sebastian Stan's sex appeal has served him well in television dramas such as "Gossip Girl," "Political Animals" and "Once Upon a Time," but the Romanian-born actor's physical assets have never been so prominent as in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Picnic, which continues through Feb. 24 at the American Airlines Theatre. Returning to Broadway in William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Stan, 29, plays Hal Carter, a handsome and charismatic drifter who sends a small Midwestern town swooning. Also readying to star in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the eagerly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster "Captain America: The First Avenger," the Stagedoor Manor alum shares the secrets and significance of his superheroic physique.

How did Picnic come about for you? Were you actively looking for more theatre work?
Sebastian Stan: I actually met up with our director Sam Gold about two years ago — in L.A. of all places. I'd heard such great things about him. He didn't know at the time when or if it was going to happen, but we started discussing Picnic. Then I read the play and thought it was great. I love the '50s and grew up loving works from that time period and from those great playwrights. Fortunately, the timing worked out, and we were able to do the play together two years later.

Your last stage appearance was opposite Liev Schreiber in the 2007 Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio, which was also your Broadway debut. Why such a long absence from the stage?
SS: I had such a blast working with Liev, Eric, and producer Jeffrey Richards — those guys are really like the founding fathers for me when it comes to theatre. Ever since then, I've been trying to find something that would work for me to come back to Broadway. A few years ago I got close to doing A View from the Bridge, but that didn't end up working out. There have been so many funny circumstances in terms of how, when, and why things have happened in my career, but when I look back at my journey the last five years, I wouldn't change a thing. I'm totally happy with how it all worked out. It's just tough to find the right vehicle with the right people — and also the time to do it.



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