Rory O’Malley on Life After Mormon, Obsessing Over Honey Boo Boo & Starring in Nobody Loves You

first_img What is life after Mormon like? It was strange at first to get away from the eight-show week—I’d start to get anxious at half-hour call and not be sure why; you just have that internal clock. After being chained to Midtown for two years, I traveled for three months, and it was a great experience. I was also able to go to London and saw The Book of Mormon there with my friend Gavin Creel on opening night. Kate Winslet was sitting behind me. Five years ago, we were at the Vineyard Theatre reading through half a show and five songs! It was amazing to be in a different country, watching British actors take on these roles you had a part in. I’m so lucky to have been a part of something that will live on for such a long time. How did Nobody Loves You cross your radar? I’d known [composer] Gaby Alter because I did a demo for a show he wrote called Band Geek a couple of years ago. And Itamar [Moses], who wrote the book and lyrics, is an amazing playwright. When Nobody Loves You came up, I was really excited to get to be in a room these two up-and-coming, wonderful young writers. Do you have a lot of fans from The Book of Mormon coming to cheer you on at the stage door? Every single show, I see somebody with a Book of Mormon T-shirt or iPhone cover, or someone I recognize from the Book of Mormon stage door, and it’s so sweet. I’m blown away by it. It’s wonderful to be a part of something where people are following what you’re doing. It makes me feel like I’m still part of the Mormon family in a way that I didn’t know was going be possible, so it’s a wonderful thing. See Rory O’Malley in Nobody Loves You, opening July 18 at Second Stage Theatre. Rory O’Malley’s antics never fail to steal a show, whether he’s turning his sexuality off “like a light switch” in The Book of Mormon, spazzing out as Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee or obsessively tweeting about reality shows as superfan Evan, one of three hilarious characters he plays in the new musical Nobody Loves You. (Opening night is July 18 at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.) By day, O’Malley is the co-founder of Broadway Impact, an organization of theater artists uniting to fight for equal rights. O’Malley recently chatted with Broadway.com about his Les Miz fanboy past, DOMA’s demise and his undying love for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. How often do you watch reality TV? I watch it more than I’d like to admit—my favorite is definitely Honey Boo Boo. I absolutely love Alana, and I have a whole case for it being better than other reality TV shows. At least they’re a loving family and hang out with each other! In most other shows, the people are just fighting and screaming and tearing each other apart. This family, even if you don’t like them or approve of the way they live their lives, does love each other and it’s pretty clear. How much of a hand do you have in creating the three characters you play? They’ve been really good about giving [the cast] room to help create. They’ve given us all the lines and things we need, but there’s been a lot of discovering who these characters are together. It’s been a very quick process, but we made choices, saw what worked and what didn’t, and then made changes to lighten it up a little. So much of it has been working with the costume designer, Jessica Pabst, because she brought so much to the table initially that influenced us. For Evan, we had animal T-shirts and glasses, and for Chaz, who is kind of a stonery, middle-aged guy, she brought sandals, which really made him come to life for me. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 11, 2013 Related Shows Evan is the ultimate reality show fanboy. Have you ever been that obsessed with anything? Absolutely! I was definitely that obsessed with theater, and I was so happy when cassettes were replaced with CDs because my tapes were almost dead. I loved Les Miz and Into the Woods—I used to cast Into the Woods with my friends, even if they’d never stepped on stage before. “Clearly, he would be the best Wolf,” you know [laughs]. I was definitely Evan when it came to Broadway, so he’s very easy for me to identify with. Star Files As the co-founder of Broadway Impact, what was it like for you on the day that DOMA was overturned? It was amazing. What’s cool is that for many Supreme Court decisions, you don’t know when they’re going to happen, but for this one, we were able to plan. I think they did that on purpose, because they know the gays like to organize and have the party scheduled [laughs]. Jenny [Kanelos, co-founder of Broadway Impact] came over to my apartment and we watched together, and we Facetimed with Gavin [Creel] in London. It was beautiful, because it brought me back to when Prop. 8 passed and the three of us came together to say, “This is horrible. How can we respond to this?” Here we are, five short years later, and the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8 were overturned in one day. An amazing day I’ll never, never forget. His big number, The Twitter Song, is hilarious—do you think it’s the first musical theater song to include the word “hashtag”? I think it might be! When I leave the theater, the number one question I get, especially from people above 65, is “What is a hashtag?” But they still go with it! Everyone’s laughing at this word hashtag, and they just go with the flow, even if they don’t know what it means. View Comments Nobody Loves You On Twitter, you wrote that your mom is happy as an accountant and as a mother because she does your taxes. Is she hoping you’ll get married soon? When you work on a marriage equality organization, you invite that question about yourself! My mom is so thrilled—I want to have a family and have all the rights for my family, so definitely that’s going to happen—but it’s more about the high school kids who are back in Ohio right now. When I came out, I thought coming out meant giving up a marriage and a family. That was, to me, the most difficult part of the coming-out process. And that was probably the hardest part for my mother, who will be the most kick-ass, amazing, wonderful grandmother this earth has ever seen. I know now that this is not only going to happen, it’s going to happen for me, and for LGBT kids forever from now on. Their dreams about their future will include marriage and a family—or not, but it’s their option. Rory O’Malleylast_img read more

USC Loses Season Opener, 52-28

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job.Hill broke Manziel’s single-game passing record with 511 yards and No. 21 Texas A&M beat No. 9 South Carolina 52-28 on Thursday night, ending the Gamecocks’ 18-game home win streak.SPANNING THE SEC: Coverage from Around the LeagueHill looked poised and confident in his first start, leading the Aggies (1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) to the most total and passing yards against South Carolina. The sophomore completed 44 of 60 passes with three touchdowns.The hardest part of his night came after the celebration on the field.“I just wanted to get the first press conference over with,” said Hill, who hadn’t spoken with reporters before. “I get nervous up here.” South Carolina Gamecocks running back Brandon Wilds (22) runs the ball.That’s a far cry from Manziel, a lightning-rod personality quick to speak his mind and gesture to crowds and opponents. Johnny Football rode his flashy style all the way to the Heisman Trophy in his freshman year, and one of the Aggies’ biggest worries was if they could find the same rhythm with a different leader.Hill made it clear they could.“We aren’t a one-trick pony,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said.But Hill would like a different nickname: “I don’t really like ‘Kenny Football.’”Hill helped Texas A&M to a 31-14 halftime lead and finished up with the most passing yards allowed in Steve Spurrier’s 10 seasons with the Gamecocks (0-1, 0-1).“I think we all had a chip on our shoulders,” Texas A&M defensive lineman Julien Obioha said.The Gamecocks played their first game since the departure of star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney — and it showed. South Carolina gave up seven TDs on A&Ms first 11 possessions.Tra Carson ran for three touchdowns and receiver Malcome Kennedy had 14 catches for 137 yards. The Aggies piled up 680 yards of offense, the most South Carolina’s given up since Arkansas went for 650 in 2007.Manziel held five of the Aggies’ six best single-game passing marks, topped by his 464 yards in a loss to Alabama last season. Hill moved past them all with his flawless showing on the road.“That team was so much better than us, it wasn’t funny,” said Spurrier, trying for his 200th victory as an SEC coach. “They out-coached us, out-played us, they were better prepared and they knew what they were doing.”Hill’s 44 completions were also a single-game school record, moving past Jerrod Johnson’s mark against Oklahoma State in 2010.Hill and the Aggies essentially put this one away in the first half, scoring on five of six possessions. Hill, who played just four games last year in mop-up duty, looked at ease against the Gamecocks and their young defense.Hill completed passes to 12 receivers, most of them running free in a rebuilt secondary.South Carolina, coming off three straight 11-2 seasons, had hoped to kick off a run to the conference title in a Thursday night showcase game on the startup SEC Network.Manziel, taken 22nd overall by Cleveland, was among three Texas A&M players picked in the first round last May. And the Aggies showed they could still operate without last year’s standouts.“We were ready to prove everyone wrong,” Hill said. “We were ready to show we could play without Johnny.”Malcome Kennedy had 10 catches for 85 yards in the first two quarters, allowing Aggie fans to rest easy about star Mike Evans moving on to Tampa Bay.The offensive line provided plenty of time for Hill despite Jake Matthews heading to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.The Aggies got going on their first possession, and Carson finished a 67-yard drive with 1-yard TD.South Carolina stayed close on two long scoring throws of 69 and 46 yards by new starting quarterback Dylan Thompson, the second to Damiere Byrd that helped the Gamecocks close to 17-14.But Hill and the Aggies were relentless, pressing forward through South Carolina’s Clowney-less defense.Hill, the son of ex-major league pitcher Ken Hill, led TD drives of 75 and 80 yards in the final nine minutes before the half.The 393 yards of A&M offense at the half were more than South Carolina’s defense had allowed in nine of 13 games a year ago.Thompson passed for 366 yards and four touchdowns. Mike Davis, the Gamecocks’ 1,000-yard rusher, had 15 yards in the first half before re-injuring his ribs and sitting out the rest of the way.last_img read more