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Best known for his Tony Award Winning performance as the original “Angel” in Broadway’s “Rent” and his Olivier Nomination in the London production, Wilson Jermaine Heredia is an actor worth watching! Wilson has spent most of his time after “Rent” in film and television. His film credits include “Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God…Be Back by Five,” “Flawless,” “Rent,” “Nailed,” “Johnny Was,” “Descent,” and “iMurders.” His current film projects include “Three Chris’s,” “I Am Bad,” and “The Girl from the Naked Eye” (post-production). On television, Wilson has guest starred on such hit shows as “Law & Order: SVU,” “Medium,” and “Without A Trace.” Most recently Wilson participated in “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” an evening of short plays benefiting The Human Rights Campaign, Marriage Equality New York and New York Theatre Workshop. Currently, Wilson can be seen in the Off-Broadway production of “Tales From The Tunnel,” a fresh new show recounting the true humorous and heartbreaking stories of over 150 subway riders just like you. “Tales From The Tunnel” plays Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 7pm at 45 Bleecker Street Theatre. For tickets, click here!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents did, inadvertently. Because they were immigrants, they reinforced in me what they considered practical and reliable, i.e. study hard, become a doctor and, “all is not well in the world but at least you’re a doctor.”  Their love for the arts betrayed them though. My father would play guitar to the latest records at that time (Iron Butterfly) and I would dance and marvel at how he was able to manipulate music that way. Mom would sing around the house to songs like she wrote them. At get-togethers they would be the center of attention with their salsa dancing; and again I was in awe of how they accented every sound with their bodies as if though they were the ones conducting the music through their whims. I was in my senior year of a vocational high school, for medical assisting, when I broke the news to them that as much as I loved medicine, the arts yelled louder. My dad said, ” If you’re going to do it, go all the way”. It sounds campy but I swear it’s true. He said it in English with a thick, thick Dominican accent. How can you forget that? There were a lot of people that influenced me along the way like Baryshnikov and Hines in WHITE NIGHTS, Bogaloo shrimp and Shabba-Doo in BREAKIN’, from Chopin to Cory Glover in Living Colour, Danny Kaye, the Stooges, Da Vinci to Jack Kirby, my childhood friend Noel and so on but the inspiration came from my parents because they gave me an all or nothing attitude about it.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Hmmm. I’m not dead yet so we’ll all just have to wait 😉 My voice is still growing.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many. Saying one right now is just like the weather.

4. Do you have any rituals that you do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I like to jump up and down and breath heavily as if though I’m going into a prize fight and then taking that last breath before I go on. That last containing breath is all I need.  It just feels good. Decompressing requires silence for me. A good meal and an ear to allow me to vomit my impromptu living journal entry to; ending with a welcoming bed,…and I’m all good.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m clairvoyant. Aside from that, I’m an open book. 😉

6. Favorite way to spend your day off? I’m a home body. When you commit to any project you temporarily suspend the normalcy of everyday life for months or years at a time so I like the rituals of keeping house on my days off e.i., cooking meals for company, cleaning ( ‘Cause no one can clean your house better than you!), Reading, composing, watching bad television and gaming on my PS3 when I block the time; because you know how long that can take!

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dancing  at home in front of a mirror. If I had the space to have wall to wall mirrors, I would be dancing all day. I like doing the same things my parents did with music; make it their own. But my favorite is long distance running in the morning. There is nothing that can wake your body up like that. For me there’s no other time that I feel truly alive and connected to my body except for dancing and running. I don’t see it as keeping me fit. I see it as keeping my body working the way that I want it to.

8. Boxers or Briefs? I can guarantee that I’m always naked under my clothes.

9. Favorite website? I like browsing through bargain sites.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? You’re talking to a comic connoisseur, so you have to be more specific.  Superman and Wonder Woman don’t translate for this day anyway aside from antiquated thoughts of what a Super Hero is. The fashion doesn’t  translate either. How’s Wonder Woman; born of earth and gifted the powers of the Greek gods in modern day even bother to pop up to save the day in a swim suit?! And Why does Superman, still, in this day and age wear his underwear over his unitard? Is that what you asked or was it something else? I can go on….trust me. I’m sorta like Sheldon, Big Ban Theory about it.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite quote? “If nothing lasts forever, then I guess I better, love you forever, for now.” — Harry Connick Jr.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I think I’ve been here a couple of times so I like it when my dreams are about me.

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Daphne Rubin-VegaBest known as the original “Mimi” in Jonathan Larson’s “Rent”, Daphne has had an incredible career between theatre, music, film, and motherhood. “Rent” brought Daphne, not only an allegiance of fans, but a Theatre World Award and a Tony and Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress. 2001 brought Daphne back to Broadway in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as “Magenta” while in 2004 Nilo Cruz’ “Anna in the Tropics” brought Daphne her second Tony Award nomination. Off-Broadway, Daphne has starred in Karen Hartman’s “Gum”, Nilo Cruz’ “Two Sisters and a Piano”, Douglas Carter Beane’s “Free to be You and Me”, Bob Glaudini’s “Jack Goes Boating” (of which she will reprise her role in the upcoming film due out in 2011), and Susan Lori Parks’ “Fucking A” at the Public Theatre (bringing Daphne a Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Featured Actress).

Musically Daphne has recorded and created ground-breaking music starting in the early ’90s with the girl group “Pajama Party” in which they recorded 2 albums “Up All Night” & “Can’t Live Without It”, yielding the hits “Yo No Se”, “Over and Over”, & “Can’t Live Without It”. 1997 marked Daphne’s debut solo album “Souveniers”, while 2006 brought her second album “Redemption Songs”. She has played gigs at many of New York’s legendary venues such as Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, The Zipper Factory, and Makor.

Daphne has also starred in such films as “Wild Things” (for which she won a Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actress/Suspense), “Flawless”, and “Sex and the City”.

Her biggest production has been the birth of her son, who inspired many of the songs on “Redemption Songs”.

You can catch Daphne on September 18 at 9:30pm at Joe’s Pub performing in the Lance Horne & the Smart Set and for everything Daphne visit: http://www.daphnerubin-vega.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Josephine Baker, Marilyn, Madonna, Bowie, Chaka, Jagger Gene Hackman BjorkNeneh Cherry everyone I liked growing up (and I’m still growing) inspires me.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I think its Adam Rothenberg.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? No…everyone knows everything about me.

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Gardening in a very fancy bikini and not getting it dirty.

5. Favorite kind of shoes? That’s fashion and you Know…fashion changes. I like sexy and comfy shoes.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starfux.

7. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Stoned wheat thins.

8. Superman or Wonder Woman? Hate em both. I like Cato from the Green Hornet.

9. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My mom.

10. Favorite website? I stay away from the computer..don’t know too much about web sites…sorry maybe buttons and beads.com.

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