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    • Patrick:(On his favorite part of acting) I love storytelling. I enjoy the idea, in most cases, that someone can walk into a theater and be changed by the time they've left. That's really exciting ... affecting people ... broadening people's awareness. But this is my first comedy. Doing this makes someone's day and brightens someone's mood. We were performing in St. Paul, Minn., when the bridge collapsed. The night of the collapse was the best show ever. People got to forget about the tragedy for a little while and doing Spamalot is great because people get to come in and laugh for 2 hours.

    • Patrick:(On watching Steven Boyer sing cabaret) It was a song about baseball and his dad. I remember being completely moved, and was shattered by the simplicity and truth that he brought to it. The thing is that you believed he was singing about his dad, and that's something I always tried to bring to my acting, throughout my education.

    • Partick:(On doing cabaret at Julliard) When you're in that space watching people sing, the people who really move you are the ones who are vulnerable. And that's not an easy place for people to live.

    • Partrick:(On a project he's developing about Jeff Buckley)He was such an incredible and beautiful musician, who has colored modern rock and roll more than anyone else. But when I got to know the story of his life and his struggle with his family, and being in the shadow of his father, I knew I wanted to play him. So I sat down with this playwright, Brian Pracht, and we've been working on this multi-character musical. Originally, we wanted to use Jeff's music, but then we realized we would be bound to the rights holder, who is Jeff's mom, and we didn't want to be held to making her act or appear a certain way. So we'll be using original music that will sound like Jeff's music. But most importantly, we want to make a play that Jeff would have watched -- although he wasn't a playgoer -- and say 'that was great.'

    • Patrick:(About his experience in "Spamalot") I have gotten this great education in what it is to be an actor in the theater and to be a good professional from all the people I've worked with. And what's been really beautiful is watching my current Arthur, Gary Beach, discover all the jokes he's found in the show that I don't think anyone else has. I'm also looking forward to working with Jonathan Hadary, who'll join the show in Toronto, which is my last stop.

    • Patrick:(About his roles at Julliard) I was always Richard III or Archibald Craven, you know hunchbacks with charisma. But a couple of years ago, my body and face started to change, and I was caught in this kind of in-between land between character actor and leading man, and I realized I was going to have to pick which way I wanted my career to go. So I washed my face and combed my hair and started going to the gym four times a week and jogging three miles a day. Before that, I used to get a lot of 'he's good, but he's not pretty enough.' Now, I just went up for this independent film about this psychotic photographer, and I gave this great audition, and they called and told my agent 'I'm sorry, he's too pretty.' I thought, 'What can I do, not wash my face for two weeks?' On an ego level, I much prefer to hear that than the former, but there are pros and cons to everything.

    • Patrick:(About his audition for Julliard where he preformed a monologue from "Two Gentlemen of Verona") I had never read the play and I just memorized this speech, for one of the leading men, on the plane ride up, because I knew I needed a classical monologue. So I did this romantic speech as some sort of wacky comical piece -the way I had remembered Daniel doing something else from the play. And while they let me in, they told me to never ever do that monologue again.

    • Patrick:(About when he landed a role on "Gossip Girl") The week I got the part, I had planned to fly to my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida to surprise my older sister, who was doing a community theater production of The Secret Garden. So I had to call her and tell her why I couldn't come, and she was like 'Oh my God,' and started screaming into the phone. I think me getting this part was actually a better surprise for her than coming down to see her.

    • Patrick:(About the fame associated with "Gossip Girl") Nobody drove a car 20 miles to see me and Alan Cumming on a farm, but when you're in the middle of Central Park working on one of TV's hottest shows, it's a very different situation. There was this one scene that should have taken an hour to shoot, but all of a sudden there were hundreds of school girls there and they would stand and watch and scream their heads off every time Chace Crawford came out of his trailer or Leighton showed up. It was certainly fascinating.

    • Patrick:(About his role on "Gossip Girl") You have to sign away your life when you agree to be on this show. All I can tell you is that James is the new love interest for Blair (played by Leighton Meester). She first brings him to the Hamptons and he sort of starts off as a pawn to make Chuck (played by Ed Westwick) jealous.