Last night, May 23rd, Lee Pace along with the rest of The Normal Heart company attended the 2011 Drama Desk Awards. Remember: they were already honored with an Outstanding Ensemble Performance, meaning Lee picked up his second career award! Not only did they pick their award up for the pre-established honor, but the play itself won a couple others — including the coveted Outstanding Revival of Play and Outstanding Director of a Play (for Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe). Congratulations to all involved!
Unlike the rest of his co-stars from The Normal Heart, it seems Lee hasn’t done much press. Today, a new five-question interview from DavidMixner.com has been released. He talks about the play and how important it is to bring it to a new, younger generation than those who dealt with the AIDS crisis in the 80s. The brief interview has been added to the Press Archive.
1. What attracted you to “The Normal Heart?”
I knew the play from drama school, but reading it again, I was amazed at how little I knew about NYC during this time. And how little I knew about these very first years of AIDS. It’s been a real honor to be a part of telling this story.
2. You were highly acclaimed in “Soldier Girl” whichearned you a Golden Globe Nomination. This story of a transgender falling in love with a soldier had a dark side and so does “The Normal Heart.” How do you fill your life with joy while doing these powerful roles?
I like working on a these characters. Complex characters are the good ones.
3. Being in the entertainment industry, you must have known people who have passed away from HIV/AIDS. Does playing in “The Normal Heart” bring back their memories?
I actually haven’t lost anyone close to me to HIV/AIDS. I feel like a part of the generation that absolutely needs to be reminded of this recent history. We are getting a great young audience. The producers are offering $30 tickets to people under 30 for a special performance on May 26.
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Lee Pace is currently performing in a play called The Normal Heart, which focuses on the AIDS crises in the early 80s. When the virus was relatively unknown and everyone thought they were invisible, it was swept under the rug for “bigger” or “more important” issues. Today, there is still an AIDS crisis. Every year, the AIDS Walk New York intends on bringing awareness to preventing the spread of HIV; this year, Lee Pace not only showed his support by walking, but he also spoke at the event.
You can see a video of Lee introducing AIDS Walk New York founder/producer Craig R. Miller here and introducing the CEO of GHMC Marjorie J. Hill here; however, because they’re both so short, I won’t be adding them to the archive. HQ pictures have been added, thanks to Claudia at Precious Stone: Lisa Edelstein!
When I saw The Normal Heart two weeks ago, Lee Pace mentioned that Bryan Fuller and Kristin Chenoweth – “Pushing Daisies” creator and star, respectively – would soon be visiting New York to check out the play. Well, tonight was the night! Bryan posted the picture of their mini “Daisies” reunion on his official Twitter after stating that the production made Kristin (and himself) cry. (Notice the wide stance Lee has adopted to make him shorter next to the very petite Cheno.)
Meanwhile, on Kristin’s official Twitter, she mentioned being “so moved” by the play and suffering from a crying headache. Like many who have seen the play, it “broke my heart and yet gave me hope.” Fun fact: The Normal Heart lead actor, Joe Mantello, actually directed Kristin when she starred as Glinda in Wicked!
The annual AIDS Walk New York will be taking place this Sunday, May 15th, and a handful of celebrities are scheduled to be there to lend support to the cause. Among them? Lee Pace, along with Modern Family stars (Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet), Matt Bomer, Laura Innes, Project Runway‘s openly HIV-positive contestant Mondo Guerra, and a special performance by Tony Award winning actress, Audra McDonald. According to the Walk’s official site, its purpose is to “honor those who continue to fight, embrace new allies, remember loved ones lost, and work to realize a future without AIDS.” If you’re in the area and would like to attend, here’s the essential information:
8:30 a.m. Sign-In
9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony Begins
10:00 a.m. AIDS Walk New York Begins
Location: The AIDS Walk will start and end in Central Park. Enter the park at 59th Street and 5th Avenue.
Length: 10 kilometers / 6.2 miles
Here are two new videos featuring Lee Pace. Both have been added to the Video Archive, courtesy of Joyce. The first video is about the opening night of The Normal Heart and includes briefs commentary by loads of stars, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Melissa Etheridge, and Andy Cohen. Lee appears at around 5:13 and has the following to say:
“People respond to [The Normal Heart] in such a vocal way. Never before have I done a play where the audience is such a strong character.”
The second video features more Lee – with added bonus of co-star Jim Parsons – for a 2.5 minute long interview. They discuss The Normal Heart at the Drama Desk Awards, where they won Outstanding Ensemble Performance for their play. Topics include Ellen Barkin, what they learned while starring in the play, and how it feels to drive their audience to tears nightly.
Two ladies who are very well-known and versed on the Broadway stage stopped by the Golden Theatre on May 8th to catch a showing of The Normal Heart and to meet the cast thereafter. Idina Menzel is probably best known in the theatre world for her role as Elphaba in Wicked (where she acted along Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Pace’s Pushing Daisies co-star). Broadway diva and actress extraordinaire Patti LuPone also stopped by to lend support. Patti and Lee actually worked together briefly, when they shot the pilot for the HBO series, The Miraculous Year, around August of last year.
Maybe these kids don’t have the star power that Jimmy Fallon has, but they’re certainly just as important in their own right. On May 5th, youth from The Ali Forney Center stopped by to check out The Normal Heart and were invited backstage to meet the cast, including Lee Pace, Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, and Jim Parsons. The Ali Forney Center is a wonderful organization based in New York that helps homeless LGBT teens.
Some celebrities stopped by the performance of The Normal Heart last night, May 4th, including Jimmy Fallon and Holly Hunter. The latter is shown with Lee (and co-star, Patrick Breen) in the photo above, along with Gordon MacDonald and director Tricia Brock. Fun fact: Brock actually directed Lee in “Pushing Daisies,” in the episode The Norwegians! Not only that, but she’s also directed the Tony-nominated The Normal Heart actor, John Benjamin Hickey, in his show, “The Big C.”
Two more videos have been added to the Video Archive, both of which feature Lee Pace and his role in The Normal Heart. The first video is a short featurette highlighting the play’s cast and crew on their Broadway opening night, on April 27th. The second video is from May 2nd, when Lee attended the 2011 Drama Desk Nominee Cocktail Reception with co-stars, Jim Parsons and Wayne Wilcox. There are many interviews with other attendees at the reception, so you might want to wait for the long video to load and then jump to around 12:04 to see Lee’s interview.