Andrew Mueller is no stranger to the stage; from Shakespeare to Sondheim, this 25 year old has done it all. Now he’s taking on yet another role as Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher at New World Stages. And if his last name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the younger brother of Tony Award Nominee Jessie Mueller, soon to appear on Broadway as Carole King in Beautiful! See what this talented rising star had to say when we got him on the couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
Definitely my humility.
What was your proudest moment?
One time Burt Bacharach said I could play piano passably. That pressure pretty much haunts me every day.
What is your favorite drink?
In college I invented a mixed drink of generic orange soda, grenadine, and maraschino cherries. I called it Rage-ahol. It is most definitely NOT my favorite drink. It is, in fact, a saccharine abomination. My favorite drink is probably Mr. Pibb (Pibb Extra, now). Not sugary at all…
What is your favorite food?
Pineapple fried rice makes me awfully happy. So does biryani. I guess I just like when any culture takes rice and fries it.
What is your favorite condiment?
Malt. Vinegar. All the way.
What is your current obsession?
Watching Justice League on Netflix.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Endless strings of Wikipedia/Cracked.com/top 10 list articles late at night.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
Acting like lasers are shooting out of my hands so convincingly that actual lasers shoot out of my hands. Or making enough money to pay off my student loans.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Nerdy novelty T-shirts.
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
The Dunkleosteus. They're theoretically extinct, but the ocean is a big, terrifying place.
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Sentience. Or my eyes. *bat, bat*
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Being an actor.
What in the world most thrills you?
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
The obsolescence of swords.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
All my bad auditions have bled together in my mind. Put them together and I've forgotten all the lyrics to entire song.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Kiyomizudera in Kyoto, Japan.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Dogs. Cats suffocate me.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
A swordfight with Jeff Goldblum. Just sparring, of course.
What is your personal motto?
“Never confine yourself to a single motto.”