I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with the very funny and personable Jeff Hiller on September 28 after seeing him in the new hit Broadway show "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson." With stupendously impeccable comedic timing both on and off-stage, Jeff Hiller is definitely one of the next rising stars you must go see!
As a member of UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade), Jeff honed his comedic skills which he has bestowed upon theatre, film, and television audiences. Theatre audiences have had the pleasure of seeing Jeff's talent in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" (both Public Theater versions), "Silence!, The Children" (NYMF Award Winner), the original cast of "Awesome 80's Prom," and "Showgirls"...at UCB. His film credits include "Morning Glory," "Ghost Town," and "Adam." Television viewers watched Jeff in such hit shows as "Ugly Betty," "30 Rock," "Late Night," "Guiding Light," "Boiling Points," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "The P.A.," "Starved," and numerous commercials! Jeff is currently dazzling audiences nightly in the new Broadway hit "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson." If you want to see comic royalty, then I highly suggest you click here for tickets and go see Jeff in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson!" For much more on Jeff, be sure to visit: http://www.hillertime.com.
1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would say Henry Thomas, the guy who played "Elliott" in ET, because that was one of the first movies I ever saw and I remember being like this is so cool..."I can do that better."
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? This is always the question people are like, just one?? I haven't worked with a ton of people so there are about one zillion people I'd love to work with, but I do have a soft spot for David Hyde Pierce and Jennifer Coolidge and I'd love to work in a Christopher Guest movie.
3. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Well before I was an actor, I was a social worker working with homeless youth, so I'd probably doing that.
4. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? Of course I try to go indie, but I would do Starbucks Venti Ice Coffee with 2 Splenda and some Skim Milk (I'm watching my girlish figure...hehehe). I also like Joe (on 13th Street) where they give you a card if you get buy five, get your 6th free.
5. Favorite play/musical? I love "A New Brain" by William Finn. My favorite play is "August Osage County."
6. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I'm a swinger, I like the swings 'cause my feet dangle.
7. Favorite skin care product? I actually don't do much for my skin, but I really like this new Redkin for men thickening spray because it makes seem like I'm less bald.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs during the day and boxers at night.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman of course. Why is it that we are always friends with big women. I think the three of us (you, me, and Wonder Woman) would have a great time out having drinks.
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Career wise it's "Just say yes to everything" and non-career wise it's "Love more than judge."
12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can wiggle my ears and I can make it look like I'm threading string through my lip and then make it look like I'm pulling my lip to make it move, into Elvis lips.
13. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I have been studying with Matt Farnesworth and when I am in my voice lesson, I can sing an A! But usually just a G - an F if I'm feeling safe. If its before noon, just an E, and if its before 9 AM I sing Bea Arthur. I don't know the lowest note, because let's face it, no one cares about the lowest note you can sing.