Taye Diggs


Taye Diggs Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Taye was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.

    • Taye graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in musical theater.

    • Taye played Fiyero in Wicked from December 25th, 2003 to Mid-January 2004 because the original Fiyero, Norbert Leo Butz, hurt his back.

    • Taye has appeared on stage with his wife, Idina Menzel, in Rent, The Wild Party, and Wicked.

    • Taye was a cast member at Tokyo Disneyland before he got cast in Rent.

    • Taye won the role of Winston Shakespeare in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, even though the producers were looking for a tall black man with dreadlocks.

    • Taye married Idina in Jamaica at the same location that he shot How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

    • Taye had several scenes cut from the "Rent" movie. In one he pays for Angel's funeral and admits that he knew Angel killed Evita. In another one, he has lunch with Roger and says that he knows that Mimi has always loved Roger.

    • Taye was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He was named "Sexiest-Jack-of-all-genres"

    • When Taye found out he got a role in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" he ran around the Rent rehearsal space naked.

    • While attending university, Diggs was part of a band called "Zoo Trip".

    • After graduating from Rochester's School of the Arts before, he enrolled in Syracuse University, majoring in musical theater.

    • Taye and wife Idina Menzel have a pet dog named Sammy Davis Jr.

    • Taye married Idina Menzel on January 11, 2003. They met in the original Broadway show of Rent (she played Maureen, he played Benny) in 1996 and they also were in the Rent movie together in 2005.

    • Taye has two brothers and two sisters. He's the oldest of five children.

    • In the movie Rent, Taye performed in Seasons of Love, Rent, You'll See, La Vie Boheme, I'll Cover You: Reprise, and Goodbye Love.

    • Disography:

      RENT (1996 Original Cast Recoding)
      Carousel (1994 Revival Cast Recording)
      The Wild Party (2002 Original Cast Recording)
      RENT (2005 Movie Soundtrack)

    • Taye won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in 2000 as Favorite Supporting Actor for his work in "House on Haunted Hill".

    • Taye was nominated as Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture in for "The Best Man" (2000) and "Brown Sugar" (2003).

  • Quotes

    • Taye Diggs: (About his marriage to Idina) Fun, exciting, humorous, hopeful...and sexy-she'll love that.

    • Taye Diggs: (About his wife, Idina Menzel) It annoys her that I like putting outfits together. She was a tomboy growing up, and prefers jeans and a T-shirt.

    • Taye Diggs: (About if the movie Rent was any different than the Broadway Rent) You know as actors, we were allowed to be a little bit more in the moment, instead of pretending we're walking through a park, we were actually walking through a park, you're actually riding the subway, so it really added a level to the artistic element of it.

    • Taye Diggs: (About the Rent movie) Working on such an amazing movie that was reminiscent of such an incredible time in our lives-we had a ball.

    • Taye Diggs: (About wife and former Rent co-star, Idina Menzel) I noticed her at the first rehearsal-she had these big, striking eyes.

    • Taye Diggs: (On his style) I like to dress up in Armani or John Varvatos.

    • Taye Diggs: (On his modesty) Compliments make me blush.

    • Taye Diggs: (On his make-out music) Any of the deep, soulful songs of Me'Shell Ndegeocello.

    • Taye Diggs: (On his manners) People say I'm gracious with my time and my giving.

    • Taye Diggs: I want kids. As soon as my wife says the word, I'm there.

    • Taye Diggs: I've always been attracted to women who are assertive and have confidence -- qualities older women possess. They've been on the Earth a little longer. They're more seasoned. They don't play games. They know what they want, and they're not afraid to tell you.

    • Taye Diggs: You just don't see the same type of all-purpose entertainers nowadays.

    • Taye Diggs: (Talking about the movie "The Best Man") The large ensemble cast and the fact that it was being shot in New York, combined with a lot of strong positive images as far as African Americans are concerned, really turned me on.

    • Taye Diggs: There's no white person I know that can say that they haven't been through what any of these black characters are going through.

    • Taye Diggs: Whenever I do acting for film there's always a certain amount of altering I have to do to my style because it's so different.

    • Taye Diggs: You see someone who sings and you need to know whether or not they are going to have the mass appeal when they cross over.

    • Taye Diggs: On the set I never know what day of the week it is.

    • Taye Diggs: Not one role that I've played has been written specifically for me.

    • Taye Diggs: Like I went out to a predominantly black club last night and nobody said anything and I was wishing somebody would so that someone would dance with me.

    • Taye Diggs: In the forties, fifties, and sixties they were good singers, good actors, and good dancers. That's the school that I come from.

    • Taye Diggs: I would love for film to go back to those days where you had to be able to do everything just to get by.

    • Taye Diggs: I think that people were just more talented and well-rounded in the past because they had to be.

    • Taye Diggs: I jump at any chance to go back into theater.

    • Taye Diggs: Hollywood only lets a few of us in at a time only because audiences may not be ready to accept Black people as leading actors.

    • Taye Diggs: (Talking about being famous) It's a trip but it hasn't crossed over to the point where women are throwing their panties at me.

    • Taye Diggs: All my friends from my past would know me as Scott Diggs. Taye Diggs comes from Scott-taye. When I went to college I liked it because it was so different and I have an infatuation with nicknames.

    • Taye Diggs: The more people who see it, the more money you make. And the more money you make, the bigger a box office draw you are.

    • Taye Diggs: (on watching wife Idina Menzel kiss other women for RENT) Well, it doesn't suck.

    • Taye Diggs: I like to embarrass my wife [Idina]. When we order Chinese food, sometimes I go to the door without my pants on. One time, the delivery guy just handed me my bag and ran.