We met Matt, and his two dogs (Jake and Layla) near his Hell’s Kitchen apartment, steps away from the Eugene O’Neill theater where he played Hanschen in the Tony-winning musical, Spring Awakening. A former army brat and student of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, over the past two years he’s played Hugo Peabody in Bye Bye Birdie, as well as Eric Van der Woodsen’s BF (not bff) on Gossip Girl. A regular at Joe’s Pub and other singer/songwriter havens, theater fans are atwitter about the gossip Matt might be cast in a Broadway production of Disney’s Newsies.
How would you describe the way you dress?
Who are your style icons?
The Beatles. Bob Dylan. Mostly artists from the early sixties era. They got it right. When I lived in London, I became obsessed with Hedi Slimane while he worked for Dior Homme. As a result, I spent way too much money on clothing for a bit.
Most memorable/bizarre audition outfit?
Once I had to dress up to look exactly like Paul McCartney in A Hard Day’s Night. I had the hair perfect and everything.
Worst costume piece you’ve ever had?
Items you won’t take off this summer?
Nothing better than a simple white tee shirt and jeans in the summer.
Favorite store no one has heard of:
I miss the Blues Jean Bar in San Francisco. I used to go there all the time. They had a huge selection and I always walked out with a pair of jeans. I hate shopping for jeans because I can never find a pair I really like but that place always had something.
I wish! I really don’t know if I could pull off a tattoo.
Jock strap. Kidding. Ummm, boxer briefs. Occasionally briefs.
What are you working on now?
Putting a gig together at Feinstein’s this summer. I’m singing there on July 26. It’s an amazing venue and I’m beyond excited.