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Get to know television and theatre actor Chris McCarrell

Only a few people are as passionate about the stage and the camera as Chris McCarrell: now he opens up about his life apart from the spotlight

Chris McCar­rell seems to be born on stage. He became pop­u­lar in 2014 after his role as Joly in Les Mis­érables on Broad­way and next to act­ing he is an amaz­ing pho­tog­ra­ph­er as well. We had a chat with Chris about his life behind, on and apart from the stage. 

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When was the defin­ing moment you decid­ed to work as an actor? 

It was when I saw the alum­ni of my high school who went into the­atre come back and do a con­cert. I went to an all boys school high school and some­thing about see­ing how cool and tal­ent­ed those guys were made it all click. I want­ed to be like them. They made the­atre cool. 

Do you have a dai­ly rou­tine? How do you start your days? 

Besides cof­fee and Insta­gram dis­cov­ery sto­ries of Jeeps offroad­ing, Drag Queens and fun­ny dog videos, I usu­al­ly despise rou­tine. But those are two things I do at the top of each day. I tag my friends who I think will appre­ci­ate my favorites. That’s usu­al­ly how they know I’m up. 

How is it dif­fer­ent work­ing at the the­atre than work­ing in tele­vi­sion? What do you pre­fer and why?

The­atre feels a lot more human to me. I feel more in con­trol and I like that it’s less elec­tron­ic. When I do TV I nev­er have a clue what the cam­era is doing. What peo­ple are see­ing. Which edits they’re going to use. In the­atre, I see the peo­ple watch­ing and I know imme­di­ate­ly what they’re see­ing because I’m expe­ri­enc­ing it too. I feel much more in the know. It’s like wear­ing your favorite out­fit and what it feels like when you walk into a room ver­sus a mag­a­zine doing a pho­to shoot of it. One feels much more human and imme­di­ate. The oth­er feels more height­ened but com­plete­ly out of your control.

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Which was the most remem­ber­able moment work­ing on stage so far? 

My first pre­view per­for­mance of Les Miz on Broad­way. I nev­er knew the­atre could feel like a rock con­cert. The screams were so loud and you just have to expe­ri­ence it from back­stage to feel the full effect. Broad­way open­ings are rock concerts. 

Act­ing is all about over­com­ing one­self. What was the biggest chal­lenge for you to overcome?

I had to stop think­ing that tal­ent­ed, suc­cess­ful actors were these oth­er­world­ly humans that lived in a cas­tle far away. When I start­ed work­ing with peo­ple I looked up to I start­ed to see the human­i­ty in them. And then I found this con­fi­dence that I could hang with the best. It was the biggest men­tal hur­dle for me. To real­ize the top dogs are just peo­ple with tal­ent who refined it. And if I refine mine there’s no rea­son I can’t pull off the lev­el of per­for­mances they do. It’s not mag­ic. It’s tal­ent and a lot of mon­ey going towards mak­ing them look and sound their best. 

Which 3 movies would you recommend? 

Amer­i­can Beau­ty. Avatar. I, Tonya. 

— Broad­way open­ings are rock concerts.

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You work as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, too. What inspires you tak­ing photographs? 

Camp­ing! I start­ed camp­ing a lot and I start­ed appre­ci­at­ing how artis­tic it all was. There’s so much visu­al, vis­cer­al mag­ic in nature. And I want­ed to start play­ing with that. I love the tex­tures and the col­ors and the moods I can find in nature with my photography. 

Which are your favorite accounts on Insta­gram we should follow?

I like Freuler­Art alot. They have cool pho­tographs and paint­ings with real­ly abstract setups. They are all beau­ti­ful and real­ly make you think. KyleFinnDempsey is the best out­doors pho­tog­ra­ph­er I know of. He’s always canoe­ing and camp­ing and has this real­ly rich eye for col­or. Between.Mirrors is real­ly weird Goth­ic, dark pho­tog­ra­phy that gets real­ly oth­er­world­ly. Those are all great ones to follow. 

What is some­thing you always want­ed to do but nev­er did (yet)?

I want to buy land in the Catskills and build a cab­in on it with my dad. I’m work­ing on the funds at the moment. 

Where do you see your­self when you’re 80 years old? 

I want to be a direc­tor when I’m old­er. For as long as I can do it. 

3 things you are thank­ful for? 

My moth­er, my jeep, my hair.

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