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. Next up is Justin Vivian Bond, the performance artist who received a Tony nod for Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway in 2007 and begins previews on January 10 as sexual canteen proprietress Leokadia Begbick in Bertolt Brecht's A Man's A Man at Classic Stage Company. Below, Bond shares why Jessica Lange is crush-worthy, what makes Joan Didion's work worth reading over and over again and why homemade Chex Party Mix should be everybody's go-to snack.
"Jessica Lange (who is also my celebrity crush), Patti LuPone as a Jesus freak, Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau: The Legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans and Kathy Bates as a "racist head" in American Horror Story: Coven? Are you kidding me!?! Nothing will ever be better."
"If I didn't have rehearsals for A Man's A Man right now I'd be at the Barbara Stanwyck Festival at Film Forum 24/7. I love her and have taken great inspiration from her for my role as The Widow Begbick. The film in current release that I've enjoyed most is American Hustle."
STAGE SHOW (OTHER THAN MY OWN)
"I'm looking forward to seeing my friends Anthony Roth Costanzo as Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus at The Met and Taylor Mac with Mandy Patinkin in The Last Two People on Earth."
SONG OR SINGER
"This week I've been listening to June Christy and Linda Thompson's new record Won't Be Long Now which was named #1 folk album of 2013 by MOJO."
"The other day my friend Bradford Nordeen of Dirty Looks posed the following question on Facebook regarding Joan Didion: Slouching Towards Bethlehem or The White Album? I said The White Album, so I'm rereading it. I have no regrets."
"Uh...I like that Clothes Horse figure skater Ice Queen."
"I can't stop imitating the 'Long Island Medium' (Theresa Caputo)!"
"What's a vacation?"
"Rachel Comey invited me to sing in her spring/summer 2014 show and made me the gorgeous red lace dress I wore in my Christmas show. I love her."
"Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil. LOVE IT! And, of course, the scent I created with the French perfume house Etat Libre d'Orange The Afternoon of a Faun, which is available in finer stores but you can only find the special limited edition packaging on my website."
"Oh God. When I get anxious, I calm my nerves by making my own Chex Party Mix in my oven from scratch, then I eat it. Isn't that awful? You can tell by my waistline I've been a bit anxious lately!"