Wilson Jermaine Heredia

Best known for his Tony Award Winning performance as the original "Angel" in Broadway's "Rent" and his Olivier Nomination in the London production, Wilson Jermaine Heredia is an actor worth watching! Wilson has spent most of his time after "Rent" in film and television. His film credits include "Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God...Be Back by Five," "Flawless," "Rent," "Nailed," "Johnny Was," "Descent," and "iMurders." His current film projects include "Three Chris's," "I Am Bad," and "The Girl from the Naked Eye" (post-production). On television, Wilson has guest starred on such hit shows as "Law & Order: SVU," "Medium," and "Without A Trace." Most recently Wilson participated in "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays," an evening of short plays benefiting The Human Rights Campaign, Marriage Equality New York and New York Theatre Workshop. Currently, Wilson can be seen in the Off-Broadway production of "Tales From The Tunnel," a fresh new show recounting the true humorous and heartbreaking stories of over 150 subway riders just like you. "Tales From The Tunnel" plays Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 7pm at 45 Bleecker Street Theatre. For tickets, click here!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents did, inadvertently. Because they were immigrants, they reinforced in me what they considered practical and reliable, i.e. study hard, become a doctor and, "all is not well in the world but at least you're a doctor."  Their love for the arts betrayed them though. My father would play guitar to the latest records at that time (Iron Butterfly) and I would dance and marvel at how he was able to manipulate music that way. Mom would sing around the house to songs like she wrote them. At get-togethers they would be the center of attention with their salsa dancing; and again I was in awe of how they accented every sound with their bodies as if though they were the ones conducting the music through their whims. I was in my senior year of a vocational high school, for medical assisting, when I broke the news to them that as much as I loved medicine, the arts yelled louder. My dad said, " If you're going to do it, go all the way". It sounds campy but I swear it's true. He said it in English with a thick, thick Dominican accent. How can you forget that? There were a lot of people that influenced me along the way like Baryshnikov and Hines in WHITE NIGHTS, Bogaloo shrimp and Shabba-Doo in BREAKIN', from Chopin to Cory Glover in Living Colour, Danny Kaye, the Stooges, Da Vinci to Jack Kirby, my childhood friend Noel and so on but the inspiration came from my parents because they gave me an all or nothing attitude about it.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Hmmm. I'm not dead yet so we'll all just have to wait ;-) My voice is still growing.

3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are so many. Saying one right now is just like the weather.

4. Do you have any rituals that you do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I like to jump up and down and breath heavily as if though I'm going into a prize fight and then taking that last breath before I go on. That last containing breath is all I need.  It just feels good. Decompressing requires silence for me. A good meal and an ear to allow me to vomit my impromptu living journal entry to; ending with a welcoming bed,...and I'm all good.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I'm clairvoyant. Aside from that, I'm an open book. ;-)

6. Favorite way to spend your day off? I'm a home body. When you commit to any project you temporarily suspend the normalcy of everyday life for months or years at a time so I like the rituals of keeping house on my days off e.i., cooking meals for company, cleaning ( 'Cause no one can clean your house better than you!), Reading, composing, watching bad television and gaming on my PS3 when I block the time; because you know how long that can take!

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dancing  at home in front of a mirror. If I had the space to have wall to wall mirrors, I would be dancing all day. I like doing the same things my parents did with music; make it their own. But my favorite is long distance running in the morning. There is nothing that can wake your body up like that. For me there's no other time that I feel truly alive and connected to my body except for dancing and running. I don't see it as keeping me fit. I see it as keeping my body working the way that I want it to.

8. Boxers or Briefs? I can guarantee that I'm always naked under my clothes.

9. Favorite website? I like browsing through bargain sites.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? You're talking to a comic connoisseur, so you have to be more specific.  Superman and Wonder Woman don't translate for this day anyway aside from antiquated thoughts of what a Super Hero is. The fashion doesn't  translate either. How's Wonder Woman; born of earth and gifted the powers of the Greek gods in modern day even bother to pop up to save the day in a swim suit?! And Why does Superman, still, in this day and age wear his underwear over his unitard? Is that what you asked or was it something else? I can go on....trust me. I'm sorta like Sheldon, Big Ban Theory about it.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite quote? "If nothing lasts forever, then I guess I better, love you forever, for now." -- Harry Connick Jr.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I think I've been here a couple of times so I like it when my dreams are about me.

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Stuart Williams