Winner of the "2010 Broadway Beauty Pageant," Charlie Williams is more than a pretty face! He's another one of our next generation actors on the rise! With the talent to back it up, Charlie has successfully performed in theatre, film, and television. He made is Broadway debut in 2008 in the Tony Award Winning Musical "Memphis." Prior to "Memphis," Charlie was seen in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and in regional theatre productions of "Leap of Faith," "All Shook Up," "Pajama Game," "South Pacific," "Cabaret" (with Deborah Gibson), "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" (with Sheena Easton), "Fidler on The Roof," "Romeo & Juliet," and "Broadway Rocks." His film and television credits include "Dance Flick" (with the Wayans Brothers), "How To Look Good Naked" (with Carson Kressley), "A Lesson In Biology," "Central Express," and "Project Forward." Now Charlie is back on Broadway in the hit revival of "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in NYC (302 West 45th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). For more on Charlie be sure to follow him on Twitter and visit Charlie's website http://www.iamcharliewilliams.com/!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I've wanted to be a performer ever since I was a little kid. When I was in elementary school all the 5th graders put on a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I was only in 1st grade at the time, but I can still remember the feeling of envy I had for all those kids onstage. Ever since that moment I knew I had to be a performer.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I would love to work with Joel Grey. He is broadway legend. Hopefully I'll get a chance to see him in "Anything Goes."
3. What attracted you to "How To Succeed In Business"? I used to audition with a song from the show called "I Believe in You" so I knew that I liked all of Frank Loesser's music. I also just finished working with Rob Ashford in "Leap of Faith" at the Ahmanson this past summer. So I knew that he would make this revival really spectacular.
4. What's the best advice you've ever received? My favorite English teacher in high school always taught me to trust my instincts and follow my heart. It's a lesson I'll never forget. Thanks Mrs. Lobasso!!
5. Favorite place to practice/rehearse on your own? My shower! You can't beat the acoustics!
6. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? Definitely Starbucks. That chain has single-handedly kept me alive every morning for the past two years!
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love to swim! But dancing in a Broadway show ain't a bad way to keep fit either.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.
9. Favorite website? www.hrc.org
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.
11. What was it like to win the 2010 Broadway Beauty Pageant? What did that experience do for you? The Broadway Beauty Pageant was a lot of fun. It was cool to be performing with guys from other shows and raising money for a good cause. I never expected to win. It was my first (and probably only) tiara. Shout out to the Ali Forney Center!
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Wonder Woman.