I was first introduced to Will Chase in 2001 when I saw him in Tony Award Nominated Musical "The Full Monty." From the moment Will appeared on stage, I was captivated and have been a fan ever since. Talented, kind, and always friendly, Will is a mainstay on Broadway and more recently in television. With a stellar voice and strong acting skills, Will is going to be entertaining audiences in every medium for many years to come!
Most recently Will was just seen in the Tony Award Winning Musical "Billy Elliot" in addition to such Broadway shows as "The Story of My Life," "Lennon," "High Fidelity" and "Rent" (which Will appeared in the final cast that is currently available on DVD).
On television, Will has been seen in "Rescue Me," "Royal Pains," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and the upcoming ABC drama "Pan Am." Will can be seen this season guest starring on USA networks "White Collar" alongside "True Blood's" Joe Manganiello. Will will be playing the role of "Connor Bailey," an ex con partner of "Ben's" (Manganiello) who manages a burlesque club. "White Colllar" airs on the USA Network every Tuesday at 9pm.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I had so many people at different stages of my early life that nudged me along without knowing it. My cousin Larry acted in his high school productions and I just thought he was amazing and my Dad and Mom were both singers/musicians so just watching them and loving what they did was very important.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I love Ricky Gervais. I think he's genius. That would be amazing.
3. What attracted you to "White Collar"? After guest starring on most of the New York shows, it was one of the few that had come up in discussions that I really wanted to do, but had yet to be able to audition for. Matt Bomer and I have been friends for a while so it was a no-brainer that I wanted to work with him. Thankfully the opportunity came up and I was able to be a part of the show.
4. What do you get from performing on a television show that you don't get from performing in a Broadway show? More than one take! That said, also the rush of being thrown into the immediacy of a given moment, as opposed to ramping up from A to Z as one does in a play. That's a fun and invigorating challenge.
5. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show and where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? Previews are always daunting because things literally change daily. Rehearsals are fun because you're in a room without the trappings of the lights and scenery and marks to hit, and you're just figuring out how to bring life to what's on the page. I love that! I love rehearsing at the New 42nd Street studios, but there's nothing like the old 890 building on Broadway. I knew I had arrived when I rehearsed on those lovely, old, creaky floors!
6. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Hmm...I've learned I'm a lot braver than I thought I ever could be. If I tend to see a character or a moment in a certain way, I'll go with that instinct as opposed to trying to fit into some generic mold that might seem more appropriate at first. I guess I've learned to trust myself a bit more.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I actually like the gym. I wish I liked pizza less!
8. Boxers or Briefs? Absolutely briefs.
9. Favorite website? I'm a news junkie. So I visit CNN about 300 times a day.
10. "Mary" or "Rhoda"? Mary's neuroses. Rhoda's moxie.
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? To laugh a lot in my marriage.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Most definitely John, George, Ringo and Paul. Just hanging in the studio, maybe they'd let me play along. That would be pretty fantastic.
13. "The Full Monty" was my first introduction to you. Looking back, what made the cast so electric together and what was your favorite part of the show? It really was electric. The original company knew that David and Terrance had given them something joyous and wonderful to play. And when I joined the show, it was wonderful as a cast member to know that all of the pieces were in place. Nothing but electricity can come from that. It was pretty amazing to come into that type of environment and then to lead them through it every night.