Eddie Kaye Thomas
Eddie Kaye Thomas starred in Samuel D. Hunter's Jack's Pracious Moment, which played Off-Broadway at 59E59's Theater C from 21 May - 13 Jun 2010.
Place of birth?
New York, NY.
You now live in?
New York, NY.
Did you go to training school, if so which one?
I went to Lee Strasberg when I was little and I have seen a few different acting coaches in the past few years.
As an actor, do you have a preference for stage, TV or film?
I feel very blessed to work in any medium as an actor and each one is so unique. They all have qualities about them that I love; the immediacy of theater, the new-ness and amount of scripts on TV, the 'precious moments' of film. I hope to be able to do all of them for the rest of my life.
Your first stage performance was?
Moliere's Scapain for New York City Kid's On Stage when I was seven
Career highlight to date?
Being able to make a living acting.
What roles would you most like to play?
Hamlet, one of the clowns in Cirque De Soleil's 'O', Stan Laurel, Harpo Marx.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Commit to the choices that you make.
What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
I was an understudy in John Guare's 'Four Baboons Adoring The Sun' when I was ten. There was a scene where the character climbed a mountain, and I had to rehearse climbing up giant this revolving disc. I was scared and nauseous and halfway through the rehearsal I vomited on the stage. This was a couple hours before a show, and the stage hands had to clean the stage and make sure the smell was gone.
What is the most annoying part about your job?
The infrequency of work.
Briefly tell us how you become involved with Jack's Precious Moment?
I knew Kip Fagan, our director, because I did a play last summer with his wife, Heidi Shreck. He asked me to audition but I was in LA, so we did a Skype audition, which was a first for me.
Briefly tell us about the character you play in Jack's Precious Moment?
Bib is a devout born again christian who is having a spiritual crisis triggered by the tragic, gruesome death of his twin brother. He is a man who strives to serve God, his fellow man and the world as best he can, but is questioning his goodness and worth.
If you had not become a performer, what might you have done instead?
Who are your favorite actors/actresses?
Paul Newman, Stan Laurel, Groucho Marx, Heath Ledger, Lucas Papaelias.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
Barack Obama, I would thank him for being proud to say 'my president'.
What was the last book you read, and name some of your favorite authors?
Last book I read was "Middlesex' by Jeffrey Eugenides. Some of my favorite authors are Kerouac, Steinbeck, Dave Eggers, Laurence Block.
What was the last film you saw, and name some of your favorite movies?
Last film I saw was 'Hot Tub Time Machine'. Favorite movies are 'The Departed', 'HurlyBurly', "Glen Gary Glen Ross", "Apocolypse Now', 'Knocked Up.'
Favorite TV programs?
Mad Men, Celebrity Rehab.
Favorite holiday destinations?
Do you have any hobbies?
Not any that I say committed to. I watch a lot of baseball.
Do you have any superstitions?
I do, I knock on a lot of wood, I try to keep hats off beds, i don't like to jinx things, I make wishes at 12:34, there's a lot of silly ones.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
ipod, pillow, blanket.
What are your future plans?
Memorize my lines