foundation / icon / iconClose
foundation / icon / iconClose
foundation / icon / iconClose
Free Shipping Free Shipping
Free returns within 14 days Free returns within 14 days
Made in Austria Made in Austria
Blog Chrismccarrellbildschirmfoto 2018 07 19 Um 12 28 51
foundation / icon / iconClose

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. 

Blog Chrismccarrellbildschirmfoto 2018 07 19 Um 12 41 10

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.

Chris
foundation / icon / iconClose

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.

184790
Blog Chrismccarrellbildschirmfoto 2018 07 19 Um 12 43 19

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.

25 Jul 2018 · neubau eyewear