Backstage: “Meet Your New Willy Wonka”

An excerpt from my Backstage cover story about Broadway star Christian Borle:

“I think this generation is getting poisoned by social media, period,” he says emphatically. “I think it’s corrosive to the culture and I think it’s corrosive to our sense of awareness.” Borle believes that social media and being obsessed with the virtual world inhibits actors from living in the real world, and life is what informs craft. “If you’re already living a false life and presenting a false image of yourself… if you can just pick only the good things and show none of the warts, then what fun is acting?” he posits. Time spent swiping on a phone can be “time that you should take to create your own separate life,” which can then be used to bring depth to characters. 

Read the rest here.


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