Fresh from his Emmy win for Boardwalk Empire (not to mention his acclaimed performance in Woody Allen’s heartbreaking new film Blue Jasmine), two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale has been popping up everywhere recently—even in the forthcoming Annie remake starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx. The actor recently walked the red carpet at the opening night for A Time to Kill, and Broadway.com got the lowdown on how his life has changed since winning his second Emmy.
“Well, the award’s at my mom’s house,” the actor told Broadway.com with a laugh. “So I didn’t really change too much. I left Los Angeles the next day, came back to New York and just went to work, that was it.”
Cannavale’s fans aren’t as low-key about his success as he is. While filming a scene for Annie in Spanish Harlem (the star plays a tough political advisor who helps Daddy Warbucks—uh, we mean Benjamin Stacks—run for mayor), the actor was so mobbed he couldn’t even get out of his trailer. “I was surrounded by people from the neighborhood who heard that I was in there,” he says. “They’re huge Boardwalk Empire fans uptown! It was pretty nuts, it was the first time I ever needed a security guy.”
While the actor is getting national attention (even beyond Spanish Harlem!) for his recent role as brutally violent gangster Gyp Rosetti in Boardwalk Empire, he humbly insists the fame is short-lived. “I see my career as more of a journeyman than anything,” he says. “Whatever I did last seems to be what people remember me for. I always feel like if I take six months off, people won’t know who the hell I am.” Uh, Bobby, after your memorable roles in The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Big Knife and more on Broadway, we definitely beg to differ!