Having performed professionally since the age of 11, Noah Robbins status as one of the most promising young talents on the New York theater scene is well earned. He made his Broadway debut in the 2009 production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, in which he played Neil Simon’s fifteen-year old alter ego, Eugene Morris Jerome—a role that earned Robbins critical praise and an Outer Critics Circle nomination. He is currently starring opposite John Glover in Primary Stages’ much-buzzed-about production of Secrets of the Trade.
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Q: What do you consider to be your best asset?
A: So far, being Jewish has probably helped me out the most. It’s gotten me two great roles.
Q: What was your proudest moment?
A: Watching Neil Simon stand up and applaud the cast on opening night of Brighton Beach Memoirs.
Q: What is your favorite drink?
A: A virgin strawberry daiquiri. That’s right, I said virgin.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: What is your favorite condiment?
A: Shack Sauce. You can only get it at Shake Shack, though.
Q: What is your current obsession?
A: Breaking Bad on AMC, Mondays at 10:00pm.
Q: If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
A: Loving too much.
Q: What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
A: It’s literally my dream to be on Inside The Actors Studio. I met James Lipton once, and that was awesome. Also, I really want to stand in a packed auditorium and recite Al Pacino’s speech at the end of Scent of a Woman. I don’t know if you’d call that last one a professional accomplishment, per se. I just really want to do it.
Q: What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
A: A couple times, I’ve purchased 30-day unlimited Subway cards when I didn’t need to. Those were mistakes.
Q: What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
A: Searching for, and listening to, music mash-ups on YouTube.
Q: What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
A: Not working out as much as I should. Although, as I write this, I just got back from the gym, so HA!
Q: What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
A: Being grounded.
Q: What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Q: What in the world most thrills you?
A: Intense laughter, drifting into applause.
Q: What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
Q: What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
A: One time in high school, my wig came off on stage, and I created this whole crazy character back-story on the spot about how I’d been hiding my true hair from the world since the age of 12. It went on for about 10 minutes. It was actually kind of awesome. In fact, I may have taken off the wig on purpose.
Q: What is your favorite place in the world?
A: NEW. YORK. CITY.
Q: What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
A: A sense of humor.
Q: Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Q: What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
A: Anthony Hopkins giving me a hug.
Q: What is your personal motto?
A: “If there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.” -Winston Zeddemore, Ghostbusters