Tommy Dorfman Says Always Make Your Bed

Photographed by Danielle Kosann

Actor Tommy Dorfman talks food comas, Cindy Sherman, and his new play “Daddy”…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

Almond milk latte (iced, unless it’s below 20 degrees). Two eggs scrambled, bacon, and avocado for breakfast  from le bonbonnière and gluten-free french toast from blue stone lane for breakfast dessert. For lunch, the burger at Mercer Kitchen, medium rare, and fries. A carmel macaroon for a sweet snack from Laduree or Hu Kitchen’s puffed-quinoa almond-butter chocolate bar. Fried chicken and waffles for dinner from 44x and ice cream at Morgensterns for dessert. The ultimate food coma.

Is there an issue right now you’re most passionate about? What is it and why?

Getting Trump out of office in 2020. Everyone is bickering about which of the seemingly endless list of candidates running they want to back, and I’m just like “literally anyone who can beat him that isn’t a monster!”…However, I am leaning (hard) into mayor Pete Buttigieg.

What do you love most about your role in DADDY and what is the biggest challenge?

It’s fun to play a character who is more combative, outspoken, and overall, seemingly careless than I am. Max is a walking contradiction, like most human beings, and an extremely observant person with strong opinions who isn’t afraid to speak their mind. He’s multifaceted and complex on the inside, but from first glance he looks like a bleached and tanned LA monster.

Who would you like to collaborate with that you haven’t yet?

Sean Baker or Gus Van Sant. I’d love to work with Viola Davis.

How is your approach different for theatre vs. film/TV?

I think fundamentally they’re the same, in how i approach creating characters. However theatre feels more collaborative and explorative as an actor than TV has.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received? The best?

The best: Always make your bed. The worst: Just wing it!

If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there and why?

Oh i’d love to host Cindy Sherman, Oscar Wilde, Lisa “left eye” Lopes, Patroclus, and Sandra Oh. I like a mix of personalities, as I think it makes for more interesting conversation. I’d probably like a friend to moderate as well because I get social anxiety, so let’s throw Lena Dunham into the bunch for kicks.

If you could pick a quote to sum up your current mood and mode what would it be?

Do more of what you uniquely do, less of what others do.

Tommy wears Loewe pajamas and a Thom Browne coat and bag. 

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