AEA / SAG-AFTRA
The artist has conducted a brief interview with himself in the hopes that you will better understand his tastes, background, and personal weltanschauung.
Benjamin Pelteson: Where were you born?
BP: It's your first question, and already I find this invasive.
Benjamin Pelteson: Ahem...
BP: St. Louis, Missouri. We left when I was six months old and I spent most of my childhood in Orlando, Florida, a town where the native cuisine is, roughly speaking, Applebee's. Both my seven year old self and my thirty-something self recommend the chicken fingers WITHOUT APOLOGY.
Benjamin Pelteson: How did you start acting?
BP: When I was six, I did an impression of Robin Leach from Lifestyles and the Rich and Famous for my relatives. They laughed. And gone were their dreams of my thriving orthopedic practice.
Benjamin Pelteson: What are your interests outside of acting ?
BP: Everything except professional sports. Vinyasa. Fran Lebowitz. Avocados. Politics. Yiddish curses - the kind you have to take a minute to think about. Foreign travel. Foreign affairs. Affairs with foreigners while traveling. Terri Gross. Blondie. Pizza. Giving dirty looks to subway performers, who always seem to appear in the middle of a perfectly good migraine.
Benjamin Pelteson: If you could be any kind of plant, what would you be?
BP: (Sips coffee very slowly, exits)
Benjamin Pelteson has appeared on Homeland, The Blacklist, The Americans, Unforgettable, Law & Order, Guiding Light, and the ESPN 30 for 30 Film Silly Little Game. His stage work across the US has included Ensemble Studio Theatre, City Opera, Ars Nova, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Denver Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Wilma Theater, Williamstown, Dorset Theatre, Capital Rep, Pittsburgh Public Young Company, McCarter (tour), Shakespeare on the Sound, Northern Stage, and others. Benjamin has developed work at The Public/NYSF, Playwrights Horizons, EST, Primary Stages, Lark, Epic, and Rattlestick. He trained at Carnegie Mellon, where he won the Helen Wayne Rauh Award for Acting, and the Moscow Art Theatre School. Benjamin was a Barrymore Nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Angels in America in Philadelphia, PA.
Photo: Jenny Graham
Photo: Jenny Graham