If you think performing the night your mom and dad come to the theater might be stressful, try knowing that President Obama is in the crowd. That was the situation facing Andre Holland, a cast member in August Wilson’s Tony-winning Come and Gone. But the Florida State and NYU grad survived—shone, in fact—and the president even sent word that he’d loved the play. How’s that for a critical endorsement!
How would you describe the way you dress?
It varies. Today I’m in a preppy, downtown cool kind of mood, but I love old things, so I’m usually in something vintage.
Who are your style icons?
I don’t really have an icon but maybe a mix of Tom Ford and my dad in the seventies.
Most memorable/bizarre audition outfit?
Worst costume piece you’ve ever had to wear?
Those damn stilettos!
Items you won’t take off this summer?
My vintage white silk tuxedo jacket. I love it!
Favorite store no one has heard of:
A shoe store in Florence near Piazza Santo Spirito. I can’t afford the shoes, but I love watching the guy make them.
Boxers, Briefs or other?
I’m a boxer brief kind of guy.
What are you working on now?
I just did a pilot for NBC and am doing a play this summer. I’m also doing some work with a school in my hometown that helps kids in the juvenile justice system.