In our Man Crush Monday series, we will feature a man whom we are fans of and admire. In our second installment, we’re featuring Broadway, film, and TV actor Aaron Tveit, who celebrates his birthday today!
Who is our MCM?
Aaron Tveit is an American actor and singer who is best known for portraying Tripp van der Bilt on Gossip Girl and Danny Zuko in FOX’s Grease Live. He made his Broadway debut as Link Larkin in Hairspray, replacing Matthew Morrison in the male lead role in 2006. Aaron remained on Broadway for the next few years as Fiyero in Wicked and originated the roles of Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale, Jr. in Catch Me If You Can before focusing on TV and film in the 2010s.
The Ithaca College alumnus has had major TV roles as Mike Warren in USA’s Graceland and Gareth Ritter in CBS’s Braindead. He has also been in a plethora of movies, but his biggest and most notable film role was Enjolras in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman.
After nearly a decade, Aaron recently returned to Broadway, currently starring in Moulin Rouge! as Christian. He has been involved with the musical adaptation of the 2001 film since participating in the developmental lab in November 2017.
How did we discover him?
Considering we weren’t Broadway or musical theatre fans in the 2000s beyond High School Musical, we discovered Aaron like many other non-theatre kids/fans our age: through Gossip Girl. To us, he will forever be Tripp van der Bilt―although that’s certainly not our favorite role of his. We didn’t even know of his vocal abilities to begin with, which is honestly a shame. Sometime between Gossip Girl and the announcement of his casting in Grease Live!, we learned he could sing (and sing well). So when we watched Grease Live! we were formally introduced to the triple threat who is Aaron Tveit.
Honestly, we didn’t really follow his career until recently, though. As relatively new Broadway fans who knew of Aaron before watching any Broadway show, we of course had to go back to watch and listen to his previous Broadway performances and concerts. But his recent return to the Great White Way is what caught our attention now that we have an appreciation for musical theatre in addition to his talents.
Our Aaron Tveit Favorites
- Amanda: If Mike Warren ever sang, I might choose Mike Warren because he’s a compelling character that I found to be different from other roles Aaron’s done. But I really love his singing, so since Mike Warren didn’t sing, I’m going to have to choose Enjolras. Enjolras knows what he’s passionate about and isn’t afraid to go after it and work for it. Plus, he’s a bit sassy, which is fun.
- Ashley: I jokingly want to say my favorite role that Aaron has done is when he played a former basketball player on an episode of Law & Order: SVU. But because I feel my favorite role of his has to be one in which he sings, I have to pick Enjolras. He’s a natural leader who’s respected by his peers and is dedicated to the fight.
- Amanda: “El Tango de Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge! The Musical
- Ashley: “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story from “The Radio in My Head” concert
Favorite thing about Aaron:
- Amanda: This is almost always a difficult question when we do these, but for some reason, it’s been the hardest for Aaron. I’d have to say my favorite thing about him is how chill and low key he is. In this recent article with Variety, it mentions he “tries to keep a low profile” pretty much whenever he isn’t working, opting to spend his free time watching golf or Netflix. I respect and admire that. And as a socially anxious introvert, I relate to that and would much rather spend and enjoy my time doing something chill like watching TV or read a book than go out somewhere. It makes him give off a very laid-back relaxed vibe that’s enticing.
- Ashley: If I had more time to think about this answer, I, like Amanda, would probably say something more serious and meaningful. But, for now, I’ll just say I’m glad Aaron is a fellow LeBron James fan. Basketball is a huge part of who I am, and LeBron is one of the players who got me hooked on the game, so knowing about other LeBron fans is always great. It’s even better when a fellow fan is a Broadway performer, because then it’s my two main interests colliding, and I love that.
Favorite Instagram post from Aaron:
- Amanda: I mean, it’s a picture of Aaron with a dog! It doesn’t get much better than that!
- Ashley: I love basketball and Broadway. This post is the combination of these two, so how could it not be my favorite Instagram post of his?