Numrich, who occupies his time with cutting edge work—like Dutch Masters, currently running at The Cherry Pit, and On The Levee, which he’s prepping for its world premiere in June (he’s also done shows at Rattlesnake, as well as Chuck Mee’s Iphigenia 2.0, directed by Tina Landau, at the Signature)—barely has any time to breathe, never mind give an interview. But the dashing, chiseled young Julliard graduate did it anyway. When it comes to his work, which includes appearances on the TV series Gravity, it seems Numrich has a hard time saying no.
How would you describe the way you dress?
I guess I’d say I try to pull off a “green” style. Most of what I wear is either second hand (“recycled” as I like to call it). When I can afford it, I spring for stuff that is made locally and from eco-friendly materials. I have a few designer items, but I wish I actually knew where and how they were made.
Who are your style icons?
One of my acting icons is also a style inspiration for me: Ryan Gosling. He’s an incredible actor and always has a cool, classic style. I also like that he’s not afraid to be outspoken with his style, like wearing a “Save Darfur” t-shirt to awards shows. I also love Leonardo DiCaprio (also a role model as an actor/environmental activist) because he always looks good and encourages people to wear green.
Most memorable/bizarre audition outfit?
I’ve been pretty lucky with auditions, but one time I was in a commercial where I had to dance around in a full body chicken costume. Between takes they had to take the head off and put ice packs on my neck so I wouldn’t pass out. Good times.
Worst costume piece you’ve ever had?
I did a play set in the nineties and the costume designer wanted me to wear these horrible chunky old Doc Martins, with white tube socks and highwater jeans. I was like, “just because it’s the nineties doesn’t mean I have to look like an idiot.” I ended up talking them out of it.
Items you won’t take off this summer?
As long is the sun is out I’ll be sporting my awesome sunglasses I got for two bucks at an antique store upstate, in Cold Spring, NY.
Favorite store no one has heard of:
I lived in Seattle for a while and found awesome stuff at a recycled fashion store called Crossroads Trading Co. Apparently they have locations all over the West Coast.
I played a character recently with a bunch of tattoos, so any desire I had for them is out of my system…for now.
What are you working on now?
A great new play called Dutch Masters with LAByrinth Theater Co, performing at The Cherry Pit through the end of May, followed by a very exciting project called On the Levee with LCT3, which will be running in June and July at the Duke on 42nd Street. You can also see me on the show Gravity, a new original series for the Starz Network, Fridays at 10:30pm through June 25, or on Netflix.