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I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with the very funny and personable Jeff Hiller on September 28 after seeing him in the new hit Broadway show “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” With stupendously impeccable comedic timing both on and off-stage, Jeff Hiller is definitely one of the next rising stars you must go see!

As a member of UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade), Jeff honed his comedic skills which he has bestowed upon theatre, film, and television audiences. Theatre audiences have had the pleasure of seeing Jeff’s talent in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (both Public Theater versions), “Silence!, The Children” (NYMF Award Winner), the original cast of “Awesome 80’s Prom,” and “Showgirls”…at UCB. His film credits include “Morning Glory,” “Ghost Town,” and “Adam.” Television viewers watched Jeff in such hit shows as “Ugly Betty,” “30 Rock,” “Late Night,” “Guiding Light,” “Boiling Points,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The P.A.,” “Starved,” and numerous commercials! Jeff is currently dazzling audiences nightly in the new Broadway hit “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” If you want to see comic royalty, then I highly suggest you click here for tickets and go see Jeff in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson!” For much more on Jeff, be sure to visit: http://www.hillertime.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would say Henry Thomas, the guy who played “Elliott” in ET, because that was one of the first movies I ever saw and I remember being like this is so cool…”I can do that better.”

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? This is always the question people are like, just one?? I haven’t worked with a ton of people so there are about one zillion people I’d love to work with, but I do have a soft spot for David Hyde Pierce and Jennifer Coolidge and I’d love to work in a Christopher Guest movie.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Well before I was an actor, I was a social worker working with homeless youth, so I’d probably doing that.

4. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Of course I try to go indie, but I would do Starbucks Venti Ice Coffee with 2 Splenda and some Skim Milk (I’m watching my girlish figure…hehehe). I also like Joe (on 13th Street) where they give you a card if you get buy five, get your 6th free.

5. Favorite play/musical? I love “A New Brain” by William Finn. My favorite play is “August Osage County.”

6. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I’m a swinger, I like the swings ’cause my feet dangle.

7. Favorite skin care product? I actually don’t do much for my skin, but I really like this new Redkin for men thickening spray because it makes seem like I’m less bald.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs during the day and boxers at night.

9. Favorite website? YouTube.com and EW.com. I need my entertainment fix.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman of course. Why is it that we are always friends with big women. I think the three of us (you, me, and Wonder Woman) would have a great time out having drinks.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Career wise it’s “Just say yes to everything” and non-career wise it’s “Love more than judge.”

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can wiggle my ears and I can make it look like I’m threading string through my lip and then make it look like I’m pulling my lip to make it move, into Elvis lips.

13. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I have been studying with Matt Farnesworth and when I am in my voice lesson, I can sing an A!  But usually just a G – an F if I’m feeling safe.  If its before noon, just an E, and if its before 9 AM I sing Bea Arthur.  I don’t know the lowest note, because let’s face it, no one cares about the lowest note you can sing.

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Be sure to catch Luciana Faulhaber as “Fabiola” & Javier E. Gomez as “Georgie” in Jose Luis Ramos-Escobar’s “The Smell of Popcorn” at Teatro IATI (59-61 East 4th Street in NYC).

Through September 19, come watch the worlds of an acting student and career theif collide in this dark comedy about human connectedness and the multiple effects of urban crime upon daily life in “The Smell of Popcorn!”

Production Photo Credit: Michael Palma

Luciana Faulhaber as “Fabiola”

A native of Brazil, Luciana is an actress on the rise! She completed a two-year Meisner training with Bill Esper adn the LABryinth Theatre Master Class. Her theatrical credits include many Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions such as John Patrick Shanley’s new musical “The Monkey Show,” a staged reading with LAB theatre, “I rise in Flame Cried the Phoenix,” at TEEN 99, “Don’t hold the Doors” at Bleecker Street Theatre, “Seascape with Sharks” and “Dancer” at The Tank, “One” at Nic’s Spoon Theatre, Joleen in B.F.F. finalist at the From the Hip: Horror festival, “The Goose is Getting Fat” finalist of Kick IT! Festival, “Romeo and Juliet Together” and “Alive at Last!” at Long Beach Playhouse, CA. Her film credits include “The Winning Season,” “Una calle Sin Salida,” “Lottery Ticket,” and “The Last Samba.” Luciana has also been featured as a model for Guy Webster, MAC Cosmetics, and has a national AT&T commercial currently running. For much more on Luciana be sure to visit http://www.lucianafaulhaber.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? That’s a tough one. I guess in a twisted way my family did. I come from a traditional one and being an artist was never on top of my mother’s list for me. She wanted me to have a “real job” and live the safe life. I played the good girl role for a while but as they pushed me in that direction the need to act and break free grew stronger, until I did. I guess you can say I am a bit of a rebel.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many people I’d like to work with that it would be impossible to pick one. But I’ve had the chance to meet wonderful people in the past year that just make me see the world in a whole different level with their art: Sandra Werneck, John P. Shanley, Jose Rivera…I would be lucky to work with them not only cause they are so incredibly talented but because they are wonderful people and that is hard to find. Now if I had to pick another actor to work with, it would be Eli Wallach. He is a legend, sweet and just so adorable!

3. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? Every show is different for me. It really depends on what the character requires. “Fabiola” for example, needs to move to loud music, own the space and grow big before each performance. The only ritual that seems consistent is putting my make up on in the dressing room before every performance. I make sure to arrive at the theatre with an extra half hour, turn on a play list on my iPhone and play with the colors forgetting the world out there. That is the beginning of becoming a new character for me. Now to decompress I go for bike rides. I turn on my favorite sing along tunes, put my doggy Spike Lee in the basket, and just ride. The evenings are my favorite since the city is quieter and cooler. It just makes me happy.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Unfortunately this is a one way street for me. I can say I’ve been there and done that. I have tried other careers and life times. I can say with certainty that this is it.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent the no one knows about? Nothing I would proudly say in public. But I have one peculiar childhood obsession that grew into an amazing observant talent. I’ll tell you one of these days.

6. Favorite meal? Any meal cooked by my mom at home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The smell of the black beans being cooked or the rising cakes she bakes…it’s all just sweet like childhood and I miss it so much here in NY. But I had a chance to be hosted in Lebanon last year by my beautiful friend Sarah Himadeh and she made sure I tried everything. Since then I have been a huge fan of Lebanese food.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dancing! That’s my meditation. But I don’t have a gym membership. I must say the reason I joined was the steam room, but I try to exercise regularly. Key word here being “try.”

8. Favorite skin care product? I am very concerned with what kind of products I use on my skin since it absorbs almost everything you put on it.  I really like “Kiss My Face” moisturizers. They are light in texture, all natural, smell great and give me an excuse to ask for some kisses. Couldn’t be better.

9. Favorite website? Imdb. I love movies and I want to do more film work from here on. So imdb helps me learn more about upcoming projects and the film industry even though it is not always up to date.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman! I am all about female empowerment. I learned a lot about my own feminine power by playing “Fabiola” and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I am not doing much sleeping these days…but I’d like to dream about people I am yet to know. Nothing like waking up looking forward to something new.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Whenever you don’t know what to do just smile. People will come to you. Everyone wants to talk to the happy person in the room.” This is advice I got from a girlfriend about dating but I apply it to just everything.

Javier E. Gomez as “Georgie”

Already an award-winning writer, Javier is an up and coming actor rising fast! He too is a graduate of the two-year Meisner program with Bill Esper. Recently, Javier appeared in “No Dogs Allowed” at the Atlantic Theatre Company. His other theatre credits include “My Favorite Year,” “Rock Horror Show,” Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” “Apathy: The Gen X Musical,” “Lorca Federico,” “Ruandi,” “Paper Boat: Hostos,” Sondheim’s “Passion,” “Threepenny Opera,” “The Wiz,” and “Man of La Mancha.” His film and TV credits include “Guiding Light, ” “Psychosis” (Padre David), a Sunday prime-time series for Telemundo directed by Sonia Valentin, “El Cantante” and “Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power.” Javier is also an award winning writer with works published by “El Diario/La Prensa” (the oldest Spanish language newspaper in the US), “El Nuevo Dia,” “Pie Derecho,” and “Reuter’s Dollars & Sense” magazine.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My main inspiration to become a performer was originally self-generated. It came from within me, at a very early age, and there was nothing I could do about it. It was just there. It was an inexplicable drive to perform, and awareness that performing was what I was meant to do. Along the way I have strengthen my inspiration through the encouragement of my family and a dear high school teacher, and the example and legacy of Eleonora Duse, the late actor Raul Juliá, Puerto Rican playwright Rene Marqués, Teatro del Sesenta Theater Collective in San Juan, and director Joseph Papp, among other artists whose work led me to aspire to the same level of commitment and excellence.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Hal Prince! LOL. Talk about a man whose vision has repeatedly changed the course of theater in this nation!

3. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? Before a show I try to be as relaxed as possible. I usually take some time alone to be in silence, and meditate, and check with myself. Then I go into a voice, movement, and body warm up routine that varies according to what show I am working on. In the case of “The Smell of Popcorn”, such an intense non-stop physical and emotional show, it involves Suzuki, Viewpoint, and military exercises, and beating a punching bag conveniently located inside the theater. After a show, my favorite way to decompress is going home to family for a quiet conversation, and a cup of cereal in cold milk. Except for “The Smell of Popcorn”. After that show I head straight to a bar near the theater for a cheeseburger and beer.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would be Mayor, or Director of Tourism or Cultural Affairs for my hometown in Puerto Rico. I love public service, and I believe that I would be equally content making a contribution there.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I have a remarkable ability to remember historical facts, dates, and names. I keep it to myself because the moment I express it in public, people think I am a freak.

6. Favorite meal? Tough choice. I am a huge exotic food junkie, so my favorite meal keeps changing as I discover more foods from around the world. At the moment I am obsessed with tripe soup from Wing Wong Restaurant in Chinatown. For dessert, nothing beats the Tres Leches (Triple Milk Dipped) Cake, Cuban style.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Weight lifting and cardiovascular training, combined with eating and sleeping well.

8. Favorite skin care product? Kiehl’s entire line of moisturizers for men.

9. Favorite website? nydailynews.com and nypost.com (Oh, come on! I have the courage to admit it!)

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, of course!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My father, my grandparents, my great-aunt Tomasa, and all those people whom I adore but sadly passed away too soon in my life.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Create your own circumstance. Don’t let circumstance create you” – Landmark Forum.

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Julie Reiber at D-Lounge tonight, Thursday (April 15) at 10pm singing the songs of Carner & Gregor! With an incredible voice, this is surely going to be a fun time!

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An award winning actress, Julie Reiber has been on Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well traveling the country in National Tours and Regional productions.  She was the standby for “Elphaba” in Broadway’s “Wicked,” the understudy for “Natalie” in Broadway’s “All Shook Up” and the understudy for “Brooklyn” & “Faith” in Broadway’s “Brooklyn.” Off-Broadway she starred in “Ministry of Progress” and toured Nationally with  “Rent” and “Brooklyn” as well as the Korean Concert tour of “Jekyll & Hyde.” Regionally, Julie has been seen in productions of “Caroline or Change” at The Guthrie Theatre, “Wicked” at Pantages Theater, “Godspell” at The Paper Mill Playhouse, “Aida” at the Arvada Center where she won the 2006 Henry Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as received a 2006 Denver Ovation Nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as “Amneris.” Other regional productions include “Footloose” at the Merry Go Round, “Ragtime” at the Ogunquit Playhouse, “Carousel” at the North Shore Music Theatre, and “Sweeney Todd” at Theatre on the Hill. In addition to theatre, Julie has been in such films and television shows as “Guiding Light,” “Eclipse of the Heart,” and “Why Are We Here?” She also hosted the television show “Your LA.” Recently, Julie was featured in a reading of Bobby Cronin’sThe Beaten Path” and just finished a run of “The Full Monty” in North Carolina. To find out what’s up next for Julie, be sure to visit juliereiber.com!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Well…when I was little I was constantly singing Olivia Newton-John and Whitney Houston. I was obsessed with “Annie” as a little girl too and would act out the entire show outside my house in the street. I think it was a combination of singers and shows that got me hooked. I just knew I wanted to perform from a very young age.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Well…on a good day I’d say a high D or D# perhaps. Lowest probably low D on a low day. 😉

3. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best: Hmmm…I have had so many great experiences in shows. I’ve been lucky to have many great casts. I would say that “Caroline or Change” at the Guthrie was a highlight. The cast was so incredibly talented and just such lovely people. We were a real family.
Worst…do I have to say? Well…this is a combination of worst and best in one. I did an off-bdway show at The Jane St. called “Ministry of Progress.” It’s a very long story, but in short, the director was a crazy woman and we had to get her banned from the theatre. It was a wild experience…but thru it all that madness gave me some of the best friends I have in this city. I guess a crazy experience like that can bring people very close. 😉

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I wish I had some crazy unusual talent. I can touch my tongue to my nose. Sorry..that’s boring.

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Wow…you like to get personal eh Adam? 😉 Well…my boyfriend…of course. Johnny Depp ain’t bad either.

6. Favorite skin care product? Sugar Face Polish and Sugar lip balm by FRESH.

7. Favorite store to shop in? Anthropologie.

8. Favorite musician/singer? Only one?! I can’t. Here’s a few…Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Eva Cassidy…on and on and on.

9. Favorite website? Facebook…of course. 😉

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Dude…I had a Wonder Woman undies when I was a kid. ALL Wonder Woman!

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Photo Credit: Kirsty Furg

I had the pleasure of personally interviewing Leigh Ann Larkin during the Abingdon Theatre’s “Marathon ’33” benefit back in October. In person, Leigh Ann radiates kindness and joy with an energy that shines as bright as the sun. On Broadway she has starred as “Dainty June” in the Tony Award winning revival of “Gypsy” starring Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti, while Off-Broadway, she starred in “The Yellow Wood.” Leigh-Ann has toured with country in Walt Disney’s “On The Record” (which also starred fellow “Adaubmelle’s Quest” participant Andy Karl) and has been seen regionally at the Pittsburgh Musical Theatre (“Belle” in “Beauty and the Beast”), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (“Deborah Sue” in “Bye, Bye, Birdie”), West Virginia Public Theatre (as “Emma” in “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Lily” in “The Secret Garden,” and “Liesl” in “The Soud of Music”), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Featured Dancer in “Where’s Charlie”), and at the Cincinnati Conservatory (“Claudia” in “Nine” & “Jen” in “Jon & Jen”). Her TV roles include “Lipstick Jungle,” “The Flight of the Concords,” and recurring roles on “Guiding Light” & “All My Children.” Currently, Leigh Ann can been seen back on Broadway in the revival of “A Little Night Music” starring Angela Lansbury & Catherine Zeta-Jones. For more on Leigh Ann Larkin visit: http://www.leighannlarkin.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Patti LuPone and my mother who got me started and was very supportive.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low E, high C, and high E. I’m working on high E flat.

3. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage moment? When I punched a hole through the train in “Gypsy.”

4. Out of all the people you have worked with, who did you learn the most from? Arthur Laurents.

5. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Meryl Streep and Mary Louise Parker.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’ve got a “green” thumb–love to garden.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. one pump of soymilk in a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

8. Favorite skin care product? I’m an organic girl. I love Alba moisturizer and face wash. Actually, I love all their products.

9. Favorite website? http://www.steelers.com/ (Pittsburgh Baby!)

10. “Saved By The Bell” or “Beverly Hills 90210”? “Saved By The Bell.”

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Rebecca Budig SeriousIt has been said that Daytime Soap Opera fans are some of the most dedicated fans and Award Winning actress Rebecca Budig knows first hand that’s the truth. She is best known for originating the role of “Greenlee Smythe” on ABC’s “All My Children,” which she played from 1999-2005 & 2008-2009. The role of “Greenlee” has brought Rebecca world-wide recognition. She has nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress (2001 & 2003) as well as a special Daytime Fan Award for “America’s Favorite Couple”, a nomination she shared with her co-star Josh Duhamel who portrayed “Leo du Pres” in 2002. In 2003, Rebecca won a Soap Opera Digest Award for “Outstanding Younger Lead Actress.” Prior to “All My Children” Rebecca spent three years portraying “Michelle Bauer” on “Guiding Light” from 1995-1998. Other career highlights include her acting debut in Aerosmith’s music video “Living on the Edge,” a cameo role in “Batman Forever,” portraying a teenager saved by Chris O’Donnell’s “Robin, the leading role in Lifetime Television’s “The Perfect Child” as well as guest appearances on such hit television shows as “Out of Practice,” “Hope & Faith, “and “CSI” (Season 8, episodes 9 & 10).  Rebecca is ending 2009 by coming back to Pine Valley. She’s gearing up for her triumphant return to “All My Children,” so get those DVR’s ready!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I was inspired by the TV show Fame..so who was that? Irene Cara? 🙂 and truthfully, watching soaps growing up made me want to be an actress.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many people I would LOVE to work with. Alec BaldwinChristopher Walken, too many to name.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? If I did, I wouldn’t share it!

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My grandparents so I could spend more time with them.

5. Who do you consider to be your hero? My parents.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks and I order the egg white turkey brkfst sandwich and an iced coffee with extra ice.

7. Favorite kind of shoes? Anything with 4 inch heels or my clogs.

8. Books or magazines? Books. Books. Books. Books.

9. Favorite website? Gilt Groupe

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. I played a good one as a kid 🙂

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Lee Rosen

Theatre, Film, and Television star Lee Aaron Rosen is delighting audiences in “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959 at the Actors Playhouse in Soho until September 27. Other New York theatre shows: “Wet” (Summer Play Festival, Samuel Beckett Theater) and “Frankenstein” (La MaMa ETC).  Regionally, Lee has been seen in “The Matchmaker” (CenterStage),  “Mary’s Wedding” (Westport Country Playhouse), “The Member of the Wedding” (Ford’s Theatre), “The Game” (Barrington Stage), “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Loot and G-d of Vengeance” (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  On television, Lee has been seem in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,”  and “Guiding Light.”  He has also lit up the big screen in such films “Company K,” and “Saving Private Ryan.”  You can hear his voice in several Rockstar Games titles, including “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” and “The Warriors.” When Lee is not performing, he can be found volunteer hist time at New York’s 52nd Street Project.  He received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Honestly, it’s impossible for me to pick one single person.  There are, of course, many famous people who’ve inspired me over the years, some more famous than others…and just as often, the people who inspire me are actors who aren’t famous at all, but stun me always with the quality and beauty of their work.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? That no one knows about…?  Not really, but people who don’t know me well may not know that I’m pretty good at crossword puzzles.  New York Times puzzles, no matter what day of the week, are almost never a problem, but I particularly love cryptic crosswords—they’re more of a challenge.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I’d probably be writing and/or drawing comic books.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone,  but not taken for yourself? “Don’t buy trouble from the future.”  I got that one from Richard Feldman, one of my acting teachers at NYU.  Why worry about a problem that hasn’t even arisen yet?  It’s easy to say to other people, but not so easy to practice (for me, at least).  I tend to worry a lot about the future, though I try not to.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love rock climbing and yoga.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Actually, boxer briefs!

7. Starbuck’s or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks always…the words “tall skim chai latte” just roll off the tongue at this point.

8. Favorite website? www.avclub.com.  Comprehensive pop-culture criticism.  There’s a certain “house style” to their criticism…I love the way most of them write over there.  I don’t always agree with their reviews, but I respect, and can relate to, the way they think about their subjects.  They do great interviews, too.

9. Books or Magazines? Books!

10. “Gobots” or “Transformers”? Transformers!

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