We sat down with Tony Award nominee, Jennifer Damiano as she dishes all the details about her role in American Psycho which sadly closes it’s door June 5th. She might just be 24 years old but when it comes to starring in a Broadway musical, she is an all-star. Jennifer, whose long list of previous work includes Next To Normal, Spring Awakening, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, and most recently American Psycho.
NIGHT HOTELS: GUILTY PLEASURE?
JENNIFER DAMIANO: Social media, but I actually don’t feel
guilty about that…
BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN PERTAINING TO
WORK OR LIFE? Don’t worry about what everyone else is
FAVORITE NYC SUMMER ACTIVITY? Anything involving a
GO-TO BAR FOR A NIGHT OUT? Depends on what vibe
you’re going for, I really enjoy Pony Bar on 10th avenue.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT? You will only ever find me at
PERFECT DAY IN NYC? I would just walk for hours with my
headphones on and people watch…
LETS GET PERSONAL- YOU MADE YOUR BROADWAY
DEBUT AT JUST 15 YEARS OLD- LOOKING BACK, HOW
HAS THAT HELPED SHAPED YOUR OTHER ROLES? I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to be on stage during
such a formative time of my life. You grow so quickly and
intensely in this business. I’m grateful to have learned so
much at such a young age so that now as a young adult I can
carry myself in a way that I might not have known to if I didn’t
start experiencing this industry so early on.
YOU’VE WORKED PREVIOUSLY WITH THE MUSICAL
DIRECTOR DUNCAN SHEIK FROM SPRING AWAKENING,
HOW HAS THAT BEEN TO SEE HIM FIT THE MUSIC WITH
THAT OF THE FILM’S TONE? Duncan has such a specific
and amazing way of making stories that you never think will
work as a musical work as such. And I think it is because
he purposely goes against what everyone accepts from
your typical musical. He has been such an innovator for the
Broadway community especially with Spring Awakening, and
now also with American Psycho as he has almost flawlessly
matched the sound with the strange, dark, entrancing aspects
of the film.
WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF
PORTRAYING YOUR CHARACTER JEAN? The most
challenging part of playing Jean has been to truly separate
what I as Jean know about Patrick Bateman as opposed
to what Jean knows about him. She only sees the good in
him and while that is a refreshing, important thing for the
audience to experience, it does get difficult to make sure that
they understand Jean is not some sort of masochist in any
way for being in love with him in the way she is.
YOU’VE WORKED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ONLY ON NEW
SHOWS THUS FAR, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF
REALLY MOLDING A NEW CHARACTER? The part I love most
about working on original pieces because the exploration is
almost endless. When you are coming into a part that has
already been molded I expect that it probably gets hard to truly make things your own. The blessing of creating a
character from the ground up is the freedom and time to
really grow into it.
DID SEEING CHLOE SEVIGNY PORTRAY YOUR CHARACTER
IN THE FILM HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON HOW YOU’RE
PORTRAYING THAT SAME CHARACTER? I absolutely love
Chloe Sevigny in this film. The characters are so different in
the film and in the show that it didn’t really influence me in
any particular way. She is so subtle and gentle in the movie
and those are a couple of characteristics that I certainly have
brought into this stage version of Jean.
THE SHOW TAKES PLACE DURING THE EXCESS OF THE
1980’S, ARE THERE ANY PARTS OF NYC DURING THAT
TIME PERIOD YOU WISH WERE STILL AROUND TODAY? I
really enjoy the pulse of the 80s. There was a very upbeat
energy to the city during that time and I can imagine it was a
very thrilling time to be a young adult in NYC.
LOOKING AHEAD, WITH THE BROADWAY START DATE
RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, WHAT ARE YOU MOST
EXCITED ABOUT? I am most excited to surprise people and
show them something they have never seen before
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