Interview – Aaron Tveit Talks About the Transition from Broadway to TV

In a recent interview with The Wrap, Broadway star Aaron Tveit talked about what it was like transitioning from being on stage to in front of a television camera for his newest show, Graceland.

Graceland follows several undercover officers who all work for different federal agencies and are living together in a Malibu household. The cast of the show includes Daniel Sunjata (Grey’s Anatomy, Smash), Tveit (Les Miserables, Gossip Girl), and Brandon Jay McLaren (The Killing). Broadway fans will also know Tveit from his run in the shows Wicked and Next to Normal.

Tveit as Enjolras in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables."
Tveit as Enjolras in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables.”

In the interview with The Wrap, Tveit talked about his journey and getting into the business:

“I had an acting teacher tell me years ago that if you play someone, you want them to be the best at whatever they do. It’s not fun to play someone who’s an OK salesman. It’s fun to play the best car salesman. So, that’s the other thing that I really loved about Mike is that he’s a brilliant agent, and he kind of has no field experience. So I thought it was very interesting to see how all those things are going to come together, and I just was instantly drawn to it.”

Tveit also had this to say when The Wrap’s Jethro Nebedog asked him a few questions:

“Talk about the adjustment of going from a stage to a television series.
It’s something that I’ve had to work on a lot. I was doing “Gossip Girl” while I was doing “Next to Normal” on stage.  So, I was actually doing those two jobs at the same time for a while and that was really interesting because I’d be on stage all day and then I’d go to work on a stage. Working on camera in film and television is a much more technical medium at the outset, how to tell the story through using the camera frame. So, I think once I had put in a lot of work, it started to really point at the same thing for me. Like, I find that I’m able to do the same for preparation and character work and homework, but it’s just how I then present it is different.

How will Mike evolve this season?
Aaron Tveit: Mike is thrown right in it. I mean he’s someone who’s very prepared for this job, but he just kind of doesn’t actually have the sea legs. But I mean they – they drop him right in the water and kind of tell him to figure out how to swim right away.  So I have to, I have to learn really fast what happens.  Then over the course of the season, just the-the situations that we’ve all been put in a very short period of time, uh, he-he grows up real quick. I grow up real quick in the show.

Does Mike have a romantic interest this season?
I’m such an East Coast guy that being out on the West Coast and being in this situation is so not what he bargained for. And then I meet this beautiful girl and she happens to be spending the summer out here. She’s from the DC area, and we kind of you know bond over that. And then you know that gets very complicated, too, because I really care for this girl, but then I literally have to lie to her all the time, and so it’s… it becomes… you know that becomes a very straining thing too about that I want to be honest with this person, and I can’t be honest with this person.”

Tveit as Mike Warren in "Graceland."
Tveit as Mike Warren in “Graceland.”

Are you interested in watching Graceland this season? Do you think this role will help Tveit expand his television and film career? What do you think of this interview? 

Source: The Wrap

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