Micah Stock is having a New York Moment. Earlier this year, he made his NYC stage debut Off-Broadway in Terrence McNally's new play And Away We Go, offering a hilarious, multifaceted turn that caught a lot of people's attention—none moreso than McNally himself, who was at the time looking for the perfect young actor to play the bright-eyed coat check attendant in Broadway's star-studded It's Only A Play. The rest, as they say, is history—and Micah is currently stealing scenes in his Broadway debut opposite the likes of Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham, and Rupert Grint. Before the rest of the world discovers this star in the making, we made sure to get him On the Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
What was your proudest moment?
Getting the call to do a brand-new Terrence McNally play Off-Broadway last year. If you are going to cry on the phone in NYC – do it walking through the West Village. Everyone stopped to see if I was okay and I tried to explain through the snot dripping down my face that they were happy tears and one woman handed me a cookie.
What is your favorite drink?
The one after a show. Bourbon.
What is your favorite food?
Eggs and Bacon.
What is your favorite condiment?
What is your current obsession?
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Jealousy. Or is that a sin? Is this confession? I can't! I was raised Socialist and Quaker!
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
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?
Courage when it's needed most.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
I am probably the most gullible person in show business. I spend all day every day in a constant state of embarrassment. But it's also fun.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Yellow Springs, Ohio.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Is it trite to say “sense of humor”? Also – calmness.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I have a cat named Gunnar. He is bigger than many city dogs.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
If I lived every moment of the movie Before Sunrise for real. But in Italy, maybe. And maybe we would swap phone numbers the way they don't at the end of the movie, because that always pisses me off.
What is your personal motto?
Be bold. Be kind.