Lee Aaron Rosen

Theatre, Film, and Television star Lee Aaron Rosen is delighting audiences in "A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959 at the Actors Playhouse in Soho until September 27. Other New York theatre shows: "Wet" (Summer Play Festival, Samuel Beckett Theater) and "Frankenstein" (La MaMa ETC).  Regionally, Lee has been seen in "The Matchmaker" (CenterStage),  "Mary’s Wedding" (Westport Country Playhouse), "The Member of the Wedding" (Ford’s Theatre), "The Game" (Barrington Stage), "Once in a Lifetime," and "Loot and G-d of Vengeance" (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  On television, Lee has been seem in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent,"  and "Guiding Light."  He has also lit up the big screen in such films "Company K," and "Saving Private Ryan."  You can hear his voice in several Rockstar Games titles, including "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" and "The Warriors." When Lee is not performing, he can be found volunteer hist time at New York’s 52nd Street Project.  He received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Honestly, it's impossible for me to pick one single person.  There are, of course, many famous people who've inspired me over the years, some more famous than others...and just as often, the people who inspire me are actors who aren't famous at all, but stun me always with the quality and beauty of their work.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? That no one knows about...?  Not really, but people who don't know me well may not know that I'm pretty good at crossword puzzles.  New York Times puzzles, no matter what day of the week, are almost never a problem, but I particularly love cryptic crosswords—they're more of a challenge.

3. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I'd probably be writing and/or drawing comic books.

4. What's the best advice you've given someone,  but not taken for yourself? "Don't buy trouble from the future."  I got that one from Richard Feldman, one of my acting teachers at NYU.  Why worry about a problem that hasn't even arisen yet?  It's easy to say to other people, but not so easy to practice (for me, at least).  I tend to worry a lot about the future, though I try not to.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love rock climbing and yoga.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Actually, boxer briefs!

7. Starbuck's or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks always...the words "tall skim chai latte" just roll off the tongue at this point.

8. Favorite website? www.avclub.com.  Comprehensive pop-culture criticism.  There's a certain "house style" to their criticism...I love the way most of them write over there.  I don't always agree with their reviews, but I respect, and can relate to, the way they think about their subjects.  They do great interviews, too.

9. Books or Magazines? Books!

10. "Gobots" or "Transformers"? Transformers!

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