Acting Up: Ben Rosenfield

Acting Up: Ben Rosenfield

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NINE FUTURE HEARTTHROBS TAKE A MOMENT TO ASK THEMSELVES WHAT THEY’RE IN FOR.

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NINE FUTURE HEARTTHROBS TAKE A MOMENT TO ASK THEMSELVES WHAT THEY’RE IN FOR.

Photography: Hedi Slimane

When did you realize you wanted to become an actor?

I was about four years old, sitting out on my front stoop pretending to be cold, shivering. My dad walked outside and said, "Ben, why don't you put a jacket on?" I turned to him and said, "I'm acting."

What was your very first acting job?

A stage adaptation of the Ingmar Bergman film Through a Glass Darkly, produced by the Atlantic Theater Company in New York.

What is the toughest job you've had?

Graduating from high school.

What do you like to do besides act?

Play music.

What would you consider your greatest career achievement thus far?

Becoming eligible for health insurance through my union.

Who is the greatest actor who ever lived and why?

I don't believe there is a "greatest actor who ever lived." A few that are very important to me: Harpo Marx, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Rylance. Those guys are chameleons, and can say everything without saying anything at all.

Have you wrestled with temptation in Hollywood?

Nope.

Are you single?

Come on.

What's your favorite urban legend?

The New Jersey Devil. A Damien born in the Pine Barrens. I still steer clear of that neck of the woods.

Is there a style icon who inspires you?

Pablo Picasso.

Theater, TV, or movies?

I think that theater is an actor's medium, television is for writers, and movies are for directors. I love them all.

What has been the most surprising element of working as an actor?  

Being a working actor.

What is your endgame?

This sounds precious, but I guess to shed some kind of light on the human experience.

Ben Rosenfield appears in the Woody Allen's forthcoming as-yet-untitled picture, in theaters this summer

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