It’s official: Andrew Rannells is our #ManCrushMonday. Besides the fact that this actor (who we all want as our best friend, lets be real) plays Elijah on Girls – possibly our favorite character on the show – he’s also a Broadway man who knows his way around a menu. We were lucky enough to see him as King George in Hamilton, and now he’s continuing to light up the stage as Whizzer in Falsettos.
We couldn’t wait to sit down with the swoon-worthy star to hear all about the new show, his ideal food day, why he loves working with female production teams and his words of advice for the LGBT youth. We don’t blame you if you fall a little bit in love with him too….
From start to finish what would be your ideal food day?
I love being in New York and having some the best restaurants in the world to choose from. I love going out and finding new spots, new chefs, unexpected neighborhoods. But if I’m being honest…I also love having things delivered to my home. So my ideal food day would be on my couch.
We were all discouraged last week. Where do you personally draw inspiration and hope from in times of discouragement? What are your words to others who are discouraged?
You have to remind yourself that the best rewards are ones you have to fight for, so now we fight.
What’s been the best part of working with so many amazing female writers and directors?
There is a drive and a precision to the women I have gotten to work with, plus a sensitivity. It’s my favorite combination.
What’s the funniest moment you’ve had on set with Lena Dunham?
Eating burritos in our underwear. We find ourselves doing that a lot.
Do you relate a lot to Elijah? Why or why not?
The recklessness, yes. But luckily that was when I was in my twenties. My thirties recklessness has more shape to it.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? What’s the worst?
The Best: Your career is happening right now. It’s not something that starts with a specific job or an award.
The Worst: “Get a Caesar cut! They’re sexy!”
What always makes you laugh no matter what?
My best friend, Zuzanna Szadkowski.
Are you health oriented? What’s your diet and workout routine like?
My diet and workout routine is best described as ‘passionately volatile’.
If you could send one message to the young LGBT community, what would it be?
There are a lot of people who love and accept you. If they aren’t in front of you, look elsewhere. They are out there.
What is the issue you feel most passionately about right now and why…
Our government. We all have to get involved now.
Restaurants and bars in Times Square that aren’t so square…
How do you prepare every night before the show? How do you unwind after a performance?
I start the show by telling Christian Borle that I love him and he tells me that he loves me. And then I end the show by having a bourbon with him. It’s pretty perfect.
Words to both eat and act by…
Joyfully. Eat and Act with joy.
Who’s someone you haven’t worked with, that you’d still like to work with and why?
Tina Fey. I think she is a storytelling genius.
We loved you as King George in Hamilton; what resonated most with you about that show?
Lin’s ability to humanize historical figures. The scandals, the emotion, the struggles are all the same. Our clothing is just more comfortable now.
What are you always snacking on backstage?
I don’t snack during the show. My pants are too tight already.
What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?
It would definitely be with my friends. Baked Ziti from Don Giovani’s.
If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook?
It’s impossible to narrow it down to five. I like big parties.
*Andrew Rannells, photographed at Trestle on Tenth in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann