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Interview with Tony nominee Corey Hawkins

Corey Hawkins

Six Degrees of Separation
Corey Hawkins

Tony nominee Corey Hawkins is currently starring in the Broadway revival of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation at the Barrymore Theatre.

Corey is currently Tony-nominated for his performance as Paul in Six Degrees of Separation. He made his Broadway debut as Tybalt in the 2013 revival of Romeo and Juliet and previously made his off-Broadway debut in the 2012 Signature Theatre production of Hurt Village.

He is perhaps best known for his movie role as Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton and his TV role as Eric Carter in 24: Legacy. Other notable screen credits include Kong: Skull Island, The Walking Dead, Non-Stop and Iron Man 3.

We briefly caught up with Corey to talk about the mysterious character of Paul and how Six Degrees stands out in a jam-packed season of Broadway plays...

Photo by Carl Kissin
Corey Hawkins
Corey Hawkins

Thomas Hayden Millward: Congratulations on the success of Six Degrees of Separation as well as your Tony nomination, Corey!

Corey Hawkins: Thank you so much!

THM: I can imagine your character of Paul being quite a tricky one to play as his origins and ultimate fate are never clearly explained. What were the main challenges for you?

CH: Well, I think thatís just it. People ask: ďWho is Paul?Ē And I think if I knew the answer to that, I wouldnít be able to get up there and play it and do that show every night because I think heís a bit of an enigma. But he sort of awakens something in Ouisa Ė Allison Janneyís character Ė that I donít think she ever experienced before. Itís a play about connection and meaning and reaching out to find out who you are or who you think you are or who other people think you are. Itís a joy though, man. Iím having a blast doing it! I love my cast. Iíve been so lucky with the nominations and everything. Iím really happy!

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Allison Janney & Corey Hawkins in Six Degrees of Separation
Allison Janney & Corey Hawkins in Six Degrees of Separation
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THM: In a jam-packed season of extraordinary plays on Broadway, what do you personally think makes Six Degrees of Separation stand out?

CH: Well, first of all, I would say - come see Six Degrees of Separation because itís so interesting. This show first originated on Broadway in 1990 and it still stands the test of time. In this day and age when we have Google and this interconnectivity with the interwebÖ or the internet or whatever we call it (laughs)Ö

THM: Ah, that old interweb thingy! (Laughs)

CH: Yeah, that thing! (laughs) Iím so not a techno-guy. But itís amazing how this play still holds up. Itís a play about this young, black kid who comes to this Upper East Side white society life and heís trying to find meaning in his life and heís trying to find meaning in their lives. He thinks that the grass is always greener on the other side. Even in this day and age of Google and Social Media, weíre still all not as connected as we hope we could be. So, hopefully this play can awaken something in people who regularly come to the theatre as well as those who donít. Hopefully they come and enjoy it.

Photo by Carl Kissin
Corey Hawkins

Six Degrees of Separation is booking through to July 16, 2017 at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre. Click HERE for tickets!

- by Thomas Hayden Millward

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