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Aaron Lazar, American Actor ( - )

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I went to the opening of 'Sister Act,' and I had such a great time. I had no idea what it was about, and I had never seen the movies. But I heard the show went through some major last-minute craziness in previews, and man, opening night was really fun and really entertaining.~Aaron Lazar


Time Sister Great

Women are just so much tougher and more patient than men are - their capacity for empathy blows me away. And their capacity to deal with stress for long periods of time is also kind of awe inspiring.~Aaron Lazar


Time Women Stress

I know I can't plan in this business, but I'm going to keep going as long as I keep getting close... So far, I feel lucky and infinitely grateful for the successes that I've had. I'm just going to keep working hard, and whatever happens, happens.~Aaron Lazar


Business Grateful

I always try to make each character my own.~Aaron Lazar


Character Try My Own

My dad's paternal grandparents were musically inclined. And I remember as a little kid going to visit them in their senior building, and they were, like, the stars of the building, especially hosting and performing in their senior talent show.~Aaron Lazar


Dad Stars Remember

Life in New York can be so, I don't know, chaotic, overwhelming, busy, frantic, and often, seniors can easily get overlooked.~Aaron Lazar


Life Busy Know

I get to sing and act and write and create and produce for a living and share art with people, and I feel like a piece of that is in honor of those who came before me.~Aaron Lazar


Art People Honor

I think that's why I'm an actor: so I can tell those stories without having to really live through those stories with real consequences and real stakes, real responsibility.~Aaron Lazar


Responsibility Live Think

I sort of wrongfully judged 'Mamma Mia!' for so long. I thought of it as a jukebox musical that I wasn't interested in. I was so wrong.~Aaron Lazar


Long Thought Wrong

You have to learn how to act a pop song. You have to find the balance of the pop from the pop song and the lyrical significance of the scene you are in.~Aaron Lazar


Balance Learn You

I was just so excited to have a child! I held him up like he was Simba in 'The Lion King.' I wanted to sing 'The Circle of Life.'~Aaron Lazar


Life Child Lion

It'll be interesting to raise kids in New York City. I'm from suburbia, so I don't really have any experience with what it's going to be like here.~Aaron Lazar


Experience City New

2009 was crazy enough! I can't believe I worked with Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, Marsha Mason, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, Jack O'Brien and Trevor Nunn in the same 12 months.~Aaron Lazar


Crazy Believe Same

I'm trying to go with the flow, which is not what I used to do. I used to try to micromanage my career choices.~Aaron Lazar


Choices Trying Career

There's parts of it that I connect to - being a father and everything - but 'Mamma Mia!' allows me to go out there and be me and have fun. I've never really had the chance to do that with so much freedom.~Aaron Lazar


Father Freedom Fun

My mom tells me the first show we saw was 'The Secret Garden,' but I don't remember that.~Aaron Lazar


Mom Garden Remember

Before 'Giant,' I had only ever worked with Michael Greif, Michael John LaChiusa and Kate Baldwin in readings. It's really exciting to be blessed with the opportunity to work with so many I would put in the 'genius' book.~Aaron Lazar


Work Blessed Opportunity

The idea of doing a production of 'Carousel' that doesn't feel like it's stuck in the 1950s really intrigues me.~Aaron Lazar


Me Doing Feel

It was surreal to play opposite Angela Lansbury and Elaine Stritch, Bernadette Peters and Catherine Zeta-Jones. There was so much to learn just from watching them, and it was an honor to share the stage with women who have accomplished what they have.~Aaron Lazar


Women Honor Learn

You hear about Broadway your whole life, and I learned what it meant to work on Broadway in 'The Phantom of the Opera.'~Aaron Lazar


Life Work You

I want to carry a show, but there are not a lot of leading parts for people who are not celebrities.~Aaron Lazar


People Want Leading

Ugh - I wish I could just sit back and watch TV sometimes.~Aaron Lazar


Wish Sometimes I Wish

Obviously, I am a huge Matt Morrison fan, and I am a big Lea Michele fan because I know those guys from way back.~Aaron Lazar


I Am Know Way

For 'A Little Night Music,' I did try to get little bit more beefed up for that because I thought that would help me carry myself around the stage in that character.~Aaron Lazar


Music Myself Character

In seventh and eighth grade, grammar and vocabulary were not my favorite subjects.~Aaron Lazar


Favorite Vocabulary

In high school, my English teacher Celeste McMenamin introduced me to the great novels and Shakespeare and taught me how to write. Essays, poetry, critical analysis. Writing is a skill that was painful then but a love of mine now.~Aaron Lazar


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