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THEATER BUFF: Matthew Wilkas of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”

May 16th, 2012

Every third Wednesday, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer will fill out my nosey little questionnaire and offer a glimpse of what they look like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For May, meet our very own superhero…

Matthew Wilkas. Photo by Rick Day.

Name: Matthew Wilkas

Hometown: Camden, Maine

Current Show/Role: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark/ “Flash Thompson” (Also understudy for “Peter Parker/Spidey”). [Matthew is also starring in the film festival hit Gayby (watch the preview below), coming to a theater near you this year.]

The best part of the show I’m in now is: The people. I’m pretty much in love with everyone involved in this production. It’s a tight family and I feel really lucky to be a part of it.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: I have to say—by far—learning the Peter Parker/Spider-Man track has been unbelievably challenging in all respects—vocally, acting-wise, and especially FLYING! It’s pushed me so far beyond my limits and I’m so grateful for that. I’m loving every second of it.

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: A playwright. I love writing plays. If I can manage it, I will do BOTH.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? Curtain Call. Time to relaaaax.

The best post-show cocktail in town is at: I’m not much of a drinker, so I’m gonna say Grom Gelato. They’re all over Manhattan. There’s one in Columbus Circle. I get the hot chocolate affogato once in a while after a show. It’s very decadent.

Matthew Wilkas. Photo by Rick Day.

After you’ve hit all the traditional sites of New York City, you should totally go to: Brooklyn. I live in the West Village, but I end up spending a lot of my free time in Brooklyn. I love the vibe there. I think it’s becoming more and more the heartbeat of the city. It’s where the artists are! All the hip new restaurants and vendors are in Brooklyn. Specifically in Williamsburg, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook. But Bushwick and Bed-Stuy are getting cooler and cooler.

If I could live anywhere else in the world it would be: I used to think I could never live anywhere else. But that’s changed for me now that I’ve been here in NYC a little over ten(!) years. I love San Francisco. Los Angeles. Most of California is pretty fantastic actually. And I certainly wouldn’t kick Paris or London out of bed!

Board shorts, speedo or skinny dip? Board shorts. I’m pretty modest (in spite of what these pictures might suggest…).

My workout “secret” is: I’m always mixing it up. Yoga, running, spinning, weight-lifting—I think constantly surprising my body and muscles has benefited me most.

When I’m looking for a date, nothing attracts me more than: Someone who has a real passion for SOMETHING—I don’t care if it’s their job or a hobby. I just think having something that you love to do is a huge plus.

Matthew Wilkas. Photo by Kevin McDermott.

The best website you’ve probably never heard of is: My friend Jenn introduced me to the always-hilarious It’s a site devoted entirely to crafting failures that have either been sold or are being sold on Etsy. I just clicked onto it now and the most recent item they’ve posted is “Fetus Soap”—It’s a lavender scented bar of clear glycerin soap with a plastic fetus embedded in its center. It’s on sale for $15 on Etsy. Wow.

Other than Gayby, my favorite “Baby” movie is Bringing Up Baby, Adventures in Babysitting or Million Dollar Baby? Am I allowed to say Babe? I know it’s not one of the options you gave me and I know it’s not actually a “Baby” movie, but…damn that’s a cute movie.

People would be surprised to learn that I: Have a completely irrational hatred for mayonnaise. Like, I really, REALLY hate it.

When I was 10, I wanted to be just like: Peter Sellers. I was really obsessed with his performances in all the Pink Panther movies and Dr. Strangelove. I just couldn’t believe it was the same actor doing all those crazy characters. He was a real magician—a chameleon—and I still idolize him today.

Ten years from now, I’d like to be: On my own TV show. Something like Modern Family or Six Feet Under or Parks and Recreation or The Comeback or Party Down.

Mask, tights or cape? I thought Sleep No More was totally sexy, so I’m gonna go with “Mask”.

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