Tim Federle was born in San Francisco, grew up in Pittsburgh, and performed in five Broadway shows, from Gypsy (starring Bernadette Peters) to The Little Mermaid (starring Tim in a catfish costume), with stops at Radio City, the Met, and a Super Bowl Half-time Show along the way. Tim is the author of over seven hundred emails and his debut novel, Better Nate Than Ever is about a small-town teen who crashes an audition for E.T.: The Musical and was inspired by his time coaching the child stars of Billy Elliot on Broadway. Find out Tim’s current obsession as we get him On The Couch!
Q: What do you consider to be your best asset?
I try super hard not to overuse exclamation points.
Q: What was your proudest moment?
3-way tie: selling my first novel to Simon & Schuster (“Better Nate Than Ever”), getting my first Broadway show (“Gypsy”), earning my first free burrito (“Chipotle”).
Q: What is your favorite drink?
Diet Coke. At Chipotle.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: What is your favorite condiment?
Q: What is your current obsession?
Chipot — um, next?
Q: If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Publicly bashing Taco Bell.
Q: What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
Continuing to find the courage to try my hand at things I might be very very bad at. Also, an Oscar.
Q: What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Q: What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Q: What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Q: What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Writing thank you cards.
Q: What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
An attraction to expensive stationery.
Q: What in the world most thrills you?
The sound of somebody cracking up. Also: hearing that weird, great high note in Waiting for Life to Begin from Once on this Island. We'll driiiiiiiiiiive. Yes, LaChanze. Yes, we will.
Q: What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
OOA*. *Overusage of acronyms
Q: What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
I once wore a Tina Turner wig in a Super Bowl Half-time Show in front of 100 million people. I hadn’t come out to my dad yet. That sort of took care of it.
Q: What is your favorite place in the world?
Inside the heart of somebody I love. Kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hawaii.
Q: What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
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?
For this questionnaire to go viral and be optioned by HBO.
Q: What is your personal motto?
When all else fails, chocolate milk and a nap.