Paul Alexander Nolan
Making his 9th appearance on Broadway in one of the season’s most anticipated revivals, Parade, starring Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, Paul Alexander Nolan joins us as the first in a double episode of On The Couch. His performance, which began off-Broadway and transferred to The Bernard B. Jacobs theatre, as the infamous (and slightly terrifying) Hugh Dorsey, plays an imperative role in one of Broadway, and America’s most beloved stories, which has become more relevant than ever.
With a resume that spans the likes of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Flynn in Chicago, to Jim in Slave Play and Guy in Once, if we’re talking about range, this actor has it all. Read the full Q&A below to learn about Paul’s NHL obsession and leave with a new drink recommendation.
What do you consider to be your best asset?
The ability to consider from another point of view and listen.
What was your proudest moment?
When I got a letter from my mother telling me she was proud of who I am as a person.
What is your favorite drink?
Love & Murder (look it up, trust me…and you’re welcome).
What is your favorite food?
Spaghetti and Meatballs or Fish Burrito
What is your favorite condiment?
What is your current obsession?
NHL Playoffs…GO LEAFS!!!
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
To create from the foundation a piece that’s a perfect symmetry between art and commercial success.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Looking at hockey highlights.
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
What’s the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
How to work hard and kindness.
What’s the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Can’t criticize even the bad qualities in my folks as they also are gifts.
What in the world most thrills you?
Making my wife laugh or holding an audience in my palm.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
The aggressive lack of grace for other people’s mistakes.
What was the most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
A woman yelled “I’m not scared of you” when I was a character who was supposed to terrify the audience. Ha! So great though.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Camp in Newfoundland.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Kindness and Humor.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
My family all wakes up and goes to bed healthy.
What is your personal motto?
I can do hard things.