Christian Borle is a Tony-Award Winning actor piling up TV credits with his work on NBC's Smash and The Sound of Music. Now he's making a name for himself in film as the quirky and sinister Lieutenant Burns in the short film Shutterflies.
|Tony-Award Winner Christian Borle in Shutterflies|
It says a lot about an actor who would do a film for unknowns, let alone kids.
But Christian Borle helped out a friend of his he met on the set of NBC's Smash, Jeff Muhlstock, whose 17-year old son was making a movie with another 17-year-old, without hesitation.
“I saw the script and I loved it”, Christian said. "It was mini Quentin Tarantino-ish.”. But he added, “Jeff, and I have a great relationship. I would have done it anyway."
|Spencer Muhlstock, Christian Borle and Hayes Walsh|
on the set of Shutterflies in the 60's Kitchen
Though well-known and respected in and around Broadway for his outstanding roles in many plays, Smash made Christian Borle a household name - how apt to bring him to the small screen in a drama mimicking the life he already lived. Well almost - we all know TV is TV, but if you ask him I 'm sure he would say there sure was some crossover.
Christian has also been on several TV shows, including The Good Wife, Law and Order and Ghost Stories. He also had a role in the movie The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Anniston and Gerald Butler.
His Broadway career is extensive. Christian made his Broadway debut as an understudy for the role of Willard in Footloose. After that he went on to roles in some memorable and timeless classics like Jesus Christ Superstar, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Legally Blonde and Mary Poppins. He also performed in regional theater and on national tours.
Christian won his Tony Award for his outstanding portrayal of Black Stache in Peter Pan and the Starcatcher. This was his second Tony nomination, this was his first win as Best Featured Actor in a play.
|Christian Borle at the premiere of Shutterflies|
We talked about Smash, the movie and his other projects. Upon meeting him, I realized that Christian is the kind of guy you'd love to have at your next party. He's interesting, funny and has a very colorful way with words.
Suzee: What did you like about doing Shutterflies?
Christian: I really haven’t done anything like this in the past (referring to the character). I was excited to tap into that kind of role.”
Suzee: What do you like doing better, TV, movies or Broadway?
Christian: They are all pretty fancy. I can’t say there’s one I prefer over the other. I’m just lucky I can do any of them.
Suzee: What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now?
Christian: Who can predict that? Who knows what the future will bring!
Photo Credit Suzanne Curry
Suzee: I understand you have quite an appreciation for the world of science fiction.
Christian, with a smile, ‘It IS an exciting time to be a Geek”.
Suzee: So, you must have a favorite Star Wars character?
Christian: Yes, I do. They’re all quite freakish. But, maybe I’ll let you pick! It’s like asking me to pick my favorite child. Let’s see, I have a Boba Fett and a Storm Troopers Helmet and a Darth Vader Mask.
|Christian Borle and Fans|
Christian (without hesitation): Battlestar Gallactica!
I had more questions, but word had gotten out that Christian was at this tiny theater and the fans were awaiting.
Christian Borle fans will LOVE him in Shutterflies. He's got the same chutzpah as in Smash but with a dark side.
For the movie trailer click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtKUWgS40Gg
For more information on Shutterflies visit: https://www.facebook.com/shutterfliesfilm
For an interview with the producers of Shutterflies click here: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/05/shutterflies-movie-interview-with.html
Interview by Suzanne Ordas Curry
Interview by Suzanne Ordas Curry