PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "Friday Night Lights" and Really Really Star Matt Lauria

By Matthew Blank
29 Jan 2013

Music that makes you cry, any genre: Any one of Luciano Pavarotti's numerous performances of "Nessun dorma" from Turandot
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Most played song on your iPod: "The Distance Between" (Elijah Ford). Close second: "Lost in the Light" (Bahamas). Geez! I must be in a "softy" phase.
Most-visited websites: Google image search: "Matt Lauria tricycle banana"
Last book you read: Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"
Must-see TV show(s): Downton Abbey, Luther, Mad Men, Girls, Homeland
Last good movie you saw: "Silver Linings Playbook"
Some films you consider classics: "It's a Wonderful Life"
"A Streetcar Named Desire"
"Citizen Kane"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Michelle Armstrong, lead singer of the rock band, Dame (and also my foxy wife).
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Old school Mariah Carey
Favorite cities: Austin, TX; Dublin, Ireland; Boston, MA
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: CD: "Gangsta's Paradise" (Coolio). Tape: "Ride the Lightning" (Metallica).
First stage or screen kiss: Romeo and Juliet
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile in high school.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Sparkling water
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I watch The Last of the Mohicans and then run around in a loin cloth.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: High school, sophomore year: I was understudying the role of Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa and I got to go on one night.

The role has three huge narrative monologues. Halfway through my third one, I thought, "Oh sh#t! I've already said this speech...oh no, wait...have I? F*#k!"

And then I just stood there limply, staring out at the audience of moms and peers. I honestly considered bolting, but then I pictured my teacher, lurking in the wings, waiting to tackle me (she was a robust woman) and decided to take my chances on stage instead.

I vamped... badly. It was the WORST feeling.
Worst job you ever had: There were several horrible (restaurant and retail) ones. I was fired from most of them.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? What edition? Jake Lally, a kid accused, who didn't do it... dhum, dhum, dhum! "Criminal Intent" (season 7, episode 20). I played Dreama Walker's older brother. I had four lines.
Favorite screen/commercial gigs: "Friday Night Lights"
What drew you to this project? I loved the script and I wanted to work with David Cromer.
Most challenging role you have played: Each project, in recent years, has come with its own stack of challenges. Otherwise, it would not be worth doing.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Davis in Paul Downs Collaizzo's Really Really
Leading lady role you wish you could play: Juliet
Something about you that surprises people: I've never drank alcohol.
Career you would want if not a performer: Play in a rock n' roll band!
Three things you can't live without: My wife, electric guitars, pecan pie.
"I'll never understand why…" … some people let their cell phones ring and ring in public without silencing them.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: When you're starting out, have a clear idea about the types of projects you want to do... and then never lower your standards. Also, here's a bit of advice I was given: There's no such thing as being good; there's only working hard and having fun.