Since he bowed in the National Theatre’s mounting of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, star Andrew Garfield has spoken as eloquently as his playwright about the two-part masterwork, and yet, he has still found more questions to ask.
In fact, when asked about the greatest lesson he has learned from such a monumental play, Garfield answered with questions: “How do you change? How do we change? How do we become who we are? How do we become the truest version of ourselves? It takes time and it takes diligence and it takes courage and it takes enough longing to be alive to be here in our fullness. Sometimes that longing is hard to access with the world telling us it's not worth it or the world telling us to conform or with the world telling us to give up.
“How do you say I still want to live in the face of such injustice? Abandonment? And such personal and collective agony,” he continues. “That's a great challenging impossible question but somehow Tony's managed to answer it.”
Garfield earns his second Tony nomination with Angels, having previously been nominated for his performance in another American classic: the 2012 revival of Death of a Salesman. But this revival managed to break the record as the most Tony-nominated play in Broadway history. “I feel very very proud and very very excited and very humbled by it,” says Garfield. “We didn't expect it. We just thought we're gonna try this massive monster, we're gonna try and tame it and inhabit it as much as possible.
“It's the craziest show I'll ever do. It's too big for anyone to hold, in a way, but [director Marianne Elliott] manages to somehow hold it and have it be expressed in such an eloquent way. So to be a part of it, I feel really pleased.”
Watch the full interview in the video above.