This past summer, Dear Evan Hansen bid happy trails to its original “Larry Murphy,” Michael Park, leaving a large hole to fill both in our hearts and on the Music Box stage. Enter: Ivan Hernandez. Not only has Ivan finally made his way back to Broadway after playing Billy Flynn in Chicago back in 2015, but he has also given us a new, interesting, heartbreaking and full take on the patriarch of the Tony Award-winning musical… and we couldn’t imagine this family without him. Learn more about Ivan, On The Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
What was your proudest moment?
I’m proud everyday if I can take good care of my children.
What is your favorite drink?
Red wine. Coffee’s up there, too.
What is your favorite food?
There are so many I couldn’t possibly name them all.
What is your favorite condiment?
Butter. Is butter a condiment? Melted butter.
What is your current obsession?
Bigmouth on Netflix. And a song called “Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
I’m fine with all my current vices.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
I’d like to write my own TV show.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Rent. But what are you gonna do?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Reading the newspaper. Hours every day.
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
What in the world most thrills you?
My wife and children. A kick ass song. A great actor. An incredible meal.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
All social media.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
Forgetting my lines onstage.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Home. But also New York.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Dogs. Cats suck.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
Spend the day with my family and then maybe sing a little bit.
What is your personal motto?