PLAYBILL.COM'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER With Wesley Taylor, Performing Broadcast at the O'Neill Theater Center

By Sophia Saifi
29 Jun 2013

Taylor on "Smash."
Question: Could you see it unraveling in front of you when you were there on the set?

Taylor: Yeah, more or less. I had a great experience and I feel like every project I have been a part of, I can take so much from, and still there will be politics in every project that I am ever in. No matter how excited you are for any project that you book after a month or two of doing it, it becomes a job. I don't want to talk about the drama but of course there was drama. But it did so much good for the theatre community; it employed so many New York actors, especially actors in the community. It was the "Law and Order" for musical theatre, and I just feel like it's sad that it won't have a longer life because of these reasons and not because it wasn't accurate and authentic. No, it was a romanticized idealistic world of Broadway for the whole country, the whole world to enjoy.

Question: In your latest tweet. You said you were pregnant. Explain!

Taylor: I'm pregnant because I went to Penn Station to get on the train to come to the O'Neill and I saw a woman on the corner of the street, crying. She was on the phone and she was just crying and she looked so distraught and I was staring at her and I started imagining what she was crying about, and then I started crying over this fictional scenario that I had made up in my head. I thought to myself, "Why am I so hormonal right now? Why am I a pregnant woman?" That’s why I tweeted that.

Question: Are you a Twitter addict?

Taylor: I love Twitter! A lot of people knock Twitter. I think it is a beautiful creative outlet. With Facebook, all of my family is on it, when I go on it, I am overwhelmed by all of the information coming at me. The statuses, the videos, the pictures, I can't take it. With Twitter, you are challenged to make someone smile, or laugh, or chuckle, based on one sentence. That’s a fun daily sort of challenge.

Question: Is musical theatre your main focus of attention, career-wise?

Taylor: Honestly, I go where the work is and it just happens that a lot of music theatre work comes to me. It's not what I prefer; I just prefer good material, I would probably choose a play over a musical. I just don’t necessarily enjoy all the technical demands, which you have to cater to.

For example, I came to the O'Neill and in the first half of the week here, I had lost my voice. That was very difficult for me. No matter how good an actor you are, you are limited by your instrument and by your physical capacity. That is why a lot of people say that the musical theatre form is the highest and hardest form of performance, and they're right. First and foremost, I am an actor and a creator and I am very interested in writing and creating.

Question: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Taylor: I dream of being the next Tina Fey or Lena Dunham. An artist is never satisfied and we always want more. It is a healthy ambition and we have to be careful to keep it healthy, but I always want more. Ideally the career would be that I’m lead of a cable hour drama or comedy, and on the hiatus I go do a Broadway show. That would be the life. What's even better than that? If I wrote that show, and created it, as well as starred in it. I have a lot of dreams.