Theater stars know what’s hot in entertainment, fashion and pop culture, so Broadway.com decided it was high time to tap in to the after-hours obsessions of our favorite stage actors. Jessie Mueller burst onto the Broadway scene in 2011 with a Tony nominated turn in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever; now, she’s crooning and killing it as cagey Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Check out what Mueller boasts on her list of current pop culture obsessions!
TV SHOW: Downton Abbey/Mad Men
“I know, SO original. I've always loved period BBC and A&E dramas. I may have had a few tea parties watching the original Pride & Prejudice miniseries. Mad Men I got into late, but then watched the entire thing on Netflix. It's so well-written, so complex. I love it.”
MOVIE: White Christmas
“Probably White Christmas. I watch it every year. It never gets old to me. The screenplay is as brilliant as the music. What I wouldn't give to see outtakes from that.”
“I've never really had a favorite song, although I will find a song from time to time that I get a bit obsessed with. I'll play it over and over. Lately I've been into a few tunes from The Spring Standards and The Milk Carton Kids. Really authentic, beautiful music.”
SINGER: Betsy Wolfe/Lindsay Mendez
“Miss Betsy Wolfe [Rosa Bud in Drood] has been astonishing me nightly. I also just saw Lindsay Mendez' show at Feinstein's. She blew me away. What a gifted, authentic, special singer. And I suppose it's all right to admit that every time I hear that Connick Jr. guy, [Mueller's co-star in On a Clear Day] it makes my heart happy.”
BOOK: Team of Rivals
“I just saw the movie Lincoln and now am interested in reading Team of Rivals. I'm embarrassed to say I don't read much! Maybe this will kick-start me into better habits!"
“I would literally be lost without my Map app. Get it?? (It's true, though.)"
FASHION DESIGNER: William Ivey Long
“Why? Does someone want to send me free clothes? I love beautiful clothes, although you just might not know it from appearances (ha!). Honestly, if I'm working, I get to work and immediately change my clothes. I'm spending more time in a costume right now than in my own wardrobe, so...William Ivey Long?"
"Any sort of vacation sounds amazing to me right now... mountains, ocean, sand, woods, you name it! Sleep, eat, nature, relax, repeat."
BEAUTY PRODUCT: Bioelements Equalizer
“I love Urban Decay's eye shadow primer. And I love my Bioelements Equalizer. It's a toner that I think is really great before moisturizer. I discovered it when I worked at a spa."
RANDOM OBSESSION: Manicures
“I love nails. Nail polish, nail art, doing my nails, doing other people's nails. When I have the time to sit and do my nails, I find it to be the most relaxing, satisfying thing. But I don't really like getting them done. I would much rather do it myself."