This was a particularly good year for the men of theater and we’ve got an interview that features them all. From Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig, to James Monroe Iglehart as the genie in Aladdin, and not to forget Chris O’Dowd‘s breakout performance as Lennie in Of Mice and Men, the picks were all great! The Hollywood Reporter sat down with all of the above and the rest of the nominees for their first ever Tony Nominated Actor Roundtable and got an unfiltered look at the men behind the great characters of the past year. Covering everything from their first experiences with acting, to differences in television versus film and theater, this was a comprehensive and intimate look at not just these actors and their roles, but also into the craft itself and how acting is processed and executed successfully in so many different ways. On what made him come back to Broadway, and specifically into a role like Hedwig, Neil Patrick Harris offered this:
That part is so unlike anything I’ve ever wanted to do, anything I’d been able to do, anything I ever thought I could do and I think that….if you challenge yourself through things you’re afraid of, on this scale especially, it demands personal attention and you have to be on point.
Even though the winners have already been announced, you can still check out the interview below for your own seat at the roundtable and let us know in the comments what parts resonated most with you.