As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family. There is something special about theatre and it’s ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other. I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature. Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!
Currently playing Prince Chulalongkorn on the National Tour of The King and I
What are you currently reading?
I just finished All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (for the second time, hehe). There is something about WWII that fascinates me, and this book really hit it out of the park me– the way the book progresses, the dynamics in which the characters are written, and how much detail is put into each short chapter that switches between the story of the boy and the story of the girl.
What is your favorite book series?
Harry Potter. Next question, please! Haha. Seriously though- I remember getting the books when I was a teenager and finishing them the minute I got home. I couldn’t put those books down!
Who is your favorite author?
Kurt Vonnegut! I remember reading Cat’s Cradle for one of my summer reading books for Honor’s English class in high school, and his weird way of story telling got me hooked.
What book inspires you and why?
This may be a weird answer, but You’re A Badass by Jen Sincero. That was the first book I read in 2017, and it truly did direct me in a path for the coming year. It’s a self-help book, indeed, but it inspired me to take 2017 into my own hands and get it DONE.
Which literary character would you like to play?
Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye. He’s such a complex character and goes through so many of the same things that most teenagers go through. He’s also a badass.
What book would you like to see turned into a movie/musical/play?
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan! They’re already in production for the movie, and I cannot wait to see the drama unfold on the big screen! And the fact that the movie cast Asian actors to portray roles written for Asians!
What book is next on your reading list?
Next up is a book that the incomparable Laura Michelle Kelly, our leading lady Anna Leonowens, bought for me– Identity: Discover Who You Are and Live a Life of Purpose by T.D. Jakes. But after that, I want to read The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. I’m not a big fan of romance novels, but my Big really liked it, so I thought I would give it a whirl haha.
Catch Anthony and the rest of the cast of The King and I on tour around the US!
I feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions, or things you would like to know! Leave them in the comments and I will add them for future interviews! A huge thank you to my love Anthony Chan for sharing with us! ❤