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 Paulette in the International Tour of Legally Blonde
What are you currently reading?
Hunger by Roxane Gay. I love a good memoir.
What is your favorite book series?
To go the classic route, I absolutely adores The Chronicles of Narnia growing up. The world C.S. Lewis created is so magical to me, and I’d love to revisit those as an adult! In a totally different vein, I just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson, and I am completely hooked now. So that series is probably going to rank pretty high up there as well.
Who is your favorite author?
I don’t have a favorite, but I’ve been on a real Brene Brown kick lately. She has a knack for speaking some TRUTHS exactly when and how I need to hear them.
What book inspires you and why?
I recently read Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things, and it challenged the way I think about racism. I love books that infiltrate your life in that way. I think about it on the train, at work, and in everyday conversation. Also I couldn’t answer this question without mentioning both “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron and “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Total game changer books that I return to whenever I need a creative lift.
Which literary character would you like to play?
Hmm. Maybe Dagny in Atlas Shrugged. Or, like, if Dagny had a quirky best friend. That would be me.
If you could be friends with any of the characters you have played, who would it be and why?
I’d totally be friends with Paulette from Legally Blonde, who I’m playing now! She knows who she is and doesn’t apologize for it, and she is a loyal & loving friend. And she gets to own a French bulldog.
What book would you like to see made into a movie/musical/play?
It already happened! I was thrilled when Matilda became a musical and I loved every second of it.
What is the next book on your reading list?
Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
Where has your tour been?
We just spent 5 weeks in China! I had a blast but don’t need to see a dumpling again for a long while.
I will feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know! Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Huge thanks to Mychal for sharing with us! ❤