Alex Sharp scored the starring role in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” right after graduating from Juilliard. And now he’s up for a Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Here, he discusses his breakout role, his education in fashion and what he likes to do with his hands when he isn’t working.
You must be really excited about your nomination.
I’m over the moon. You work so hard, but you can’t imagine anything like that ever happening. So when it does, it’s an enormous surprise and a huge honor.
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Is this your first Broadway role?
This is my first-ever professional job actually. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. To get to play a part like this is an actor’s dream. I’ve been doing it eight or nine months now, but the character is so complex and there are so many different layers to him, I never get bored. You’re constantly challenged, and to get a character that’s that multidimensional is a dream. You can really get artistic in constant exploration.
If you hadn’t gotten this job, what would you have done?
I would have still been an actor. I was prepared to graduate from Juilliard and be unemployed and hustling for a decade. I was really ready for that. I decided I wanted to be an actor when I was seven and that has never changed, and it never will.
You’ve become a fan of Billy Reid. How did that come about?
I wore his beautiful clothing to the Met Ball Gala and then I went in one of his stores the other day and couldn’t stop spending money because his clothes are so amazing just for my own wardrobe. And he’s dressing me for the Tonys as well.
What are you going to wear?
He’s got a beautiful tux for me. It’s black, but it’s got a really, really nice herringbone detail to it.
Are you a follower of fashion?
When I was an impoverished student, fashion didn’t seem accessible to me. I’m not wealthy by any means now, you don’t get paid an enormous amount to do a play, but being a part of the world and meeting people in the fashion industry opens your eyes. It’s an art form and I’m a huge appreciator of arts.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I’m a carpenter, so I make tables and things like that. It’s something that really calms me down, to use my hands to make something.