Posts Tagged ‘“Hope & Faith”’

Arnie Burton is an award winning actor with impeccable comedic timing! He starred in “The 39 Steps” on Broadway and was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway hit “The Tempermentals” for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. His other New York credits include: “Mere Mortals” (Primary Stages, J. Houseman Theater), “The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick, Century Theater), “The Jew of Malta/The Merchant of Venice” (Theater for a New Audience), and “The Venetian Twins,”and “The Cherry Orchard” (Pearl Theater). Arnie delighted London audiences in “The Merchant of Venice” (Royal Shakespeare Company), while regional audiences have seen him in productions of “The Seagull” and “The Taming of the Shrew” (Old Globe), “All in the Timing” (Geffen Playhouse), and “I Am My Own Wife” (St. Louis Rep) where Arnie won the Kevin Kline Award for Best Actor. Film and television viewers will recognize Arnie from “Frasier,” “Hope & Faith,” “L&O,” “Caroline in the City,” “White Collar,” “Life on Mars,” “Six Degrees,” “Sister, Sister,” “The Invention of Lying,” “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” “Game 6,” and “Igby Goes Down.” Currently, Arnie can be seen dancing up a storm in the Off-Broadway show “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party” at Theatre Row  (410 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036) through September 5.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Mr. Magoo. When I saw Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol in which Magoo was a big Broadway star doing his hit version of A Christmas Carol. I was 4 and living in Idaho but from then on I wanted to go to Broadway.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Living: Vanessa Redgrave  Dead: Elia Kazan

3. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage experience? I forgot my lines during a speech in “The 39 Steps.” Went totally blank. I just kept me mouth moving, and started channeling dialogue from the movie of “39 Steps” that I didn’t even know I knew.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can put my fist in my mouth.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Yoga, Gym, walking everywhere in NYC.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Easy, a burger at 5 Guys and sitting by the river.

8. Books or Magazines? Both, I always have to have a book going and I love my New Yorker and New York Magazine.

9. Favorite website? Cnn.com, Playbill.com, Dailybeast.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman (for reasons known only to him).


11. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I have to walk the stage. I hate going onstage without having trod the boards.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Find the thing you dislike about yourself and embrace it. That is the thing that makes you different.”

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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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