Charles Socarides is another actor who's rising up! He's performed in mulitple genres including theatre, film, and television. On stage, Charles has shined in "Trust" (Second Stage), "The Marriage of Bette and Boo" (Roundabout Theatre), "The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall" (Stage 13), "Indian Blood" (Primary Stages), "Awake and Sing!" (Belasco Theatre), "Old Money" (Lincoln Center), "Sons of the Prophet" (Huntington Theatre), and "Lulu" (Yale Rep). Charles' film and television credits include "Breaking Upwards," "The Missing Person," "Virgin," "Jesus Children of America" (directed by Spike Lee), "Law & Order," "Guiding Light," and "Starved."
Currently, Charles can be seen reprising his role in "Sons of the Prophet" at Roundabout Theatre's Laura Pels Theatre in NYC (111 West 46th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenue) through the new extended date of January 1, 2012! Click here for tickets! If you have not seen this show, it's one I would highly recommend! (click here for my review)
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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My mother. Growing up I would perform for her. She never got tired of listening to me.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? The one? God, there are so many. Big Leonardo DiCaprio fan.
3. What attracted you to "Sons of the Prophet" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Stephen's writing is so fun! His characters are always multi-dimensional so there's always something to play. Even just reading Sons, I could feel all the characters thinking. It's so seamless, you never feel, "Oh, this guy is just here to serve a purpose." And I hope audiences feel that way too, that they understand each character even if they don't particularly like them.
4. What has been the best part about working with this cast and performing with Roundabout Theatre? The best part is that they are all actually lovely people. They say "If you can't find the asshole in the cast, then it's you." I guess it's me! The best thing about Roundabout is how they can be hands-off and supportive at the same time. It's a great place to work.
5. What attracted you to the role of "Timothy" and what do you identify most with him? I like how ambitious he is. He has no problem with feeling like he deserves something and not resting until he gets it. He's also interesting to me because all of his drive is just so he can get away from himself. I have been guilty of that in my life. Who hasn't, right? Right??
6. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? I like when you have that first great show and everybody feels connected to each other. Actors and audience as well. But the feeling among actors is really special. And brief too, because the next day you'll probably have a terrible show. I guess my apartment is my favorite place to work on a role. But I could do it anywhere where I can be alone and it's quiet.
7. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Being a performer keeps me in touch with how sensitive I am. If I did something else, I think I would run from my feelings a lot more than I already do.
8. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I don't know. My dad was a shrink so maybe that. But there would have to be an exhibitionistic element to it. Therapist-performance artist?
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? "When people tell you who they are, listen." --Joanna Gleason Good advice. Tough to follow.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I like dreams that make me feel like I'm working something out and I'm in touch with my unconscious. Subjects usually include: my father, ex-girlfriends, childhood.
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Favorite way to stay in shape? Super low-key. See a friend, see a movie, relax. I like to go to the gym. Really into pull ups right now even though I can't do that many.
12. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers/boxer-briefs.
13. Favorite website? Ugh, Facebook.
14. Superman or Wonder Woman? Christopher Reeve's Superman.