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admin   August 28th, 2017   Articles/Interviews

A typical morning for Nico Tortorella involves coffee, a workout and a walk with his Chihuahua, Sun. The 29-year-old actor grew up in the Chicago suburbs and now lives in Williamsburg, an easy commute to Silvercup Studios in Queens, where he films TV Lands Younger, whose Season 4 finale is Sept. 13. The dream was to go work for a rom-com, says Tortorella, who made a splash last year by revealing he was sexually fluid and is now openly bisexual. The point of the show is to make people feel good, with an underbelly of social reflection. He tells HANA R. ALBERTS about the places that make him feel good on a weekend in the city.

I’ve been taking the ferry a bunch recently. Its the best way to get around. You get to spend up to an hour on a boat on the East River! Its the easiest way to get from Williamsburg to Dumbo and theres the Governors Island stop, which is by far my favorite place to go for a little staycation in New York City. You can be in colonial New York for the afternoon. Theres great food, and the art scene thats there! Its like this little capsule that exists untouched.

South Williamsburg is my favorite place in the city. The cool thing about Diner is that theres no menu. The waiters will come and write on the piece of paper on the table, so it changes. Its artisanal diner food, and everything is next-level. Marlow & Sons is like a restaurant pulled out of 1850, with simple ingredients done really well. Their bone broth is amazing. Marlow & Daughters is their little grocery store that has great produce.

For a perfect date, honestly, I like Nitehawk. It’s a superindie movie theater. You can order food and drinks there. Ferry to Nitehawk, walk around Williamsburg and get vegan ice cream at Van Leeuwen. If Im eating ice cream, I prefer it to be vegan because its better for you. Its cashew-based.

I have a bunch of real tattoos [though not as many as his Younger character]. I’ve been to Eight of Swords in Williamsburg. Its a great spot. Bang Bang Tattoo has probably the best line work in Manhattan.

I dont go see nearly as much theater as I would like. Six Degrees of Separation was genius. I want to go back and read it. I also go to the off-Broadway Rattlestick Playwrights Theater a lot.

One of my other favorite things to do in the city is wander around and stumble on different churches. You can just walk in, and theyre empty for the most part. I like St. Thomas in Midtown, near MoMA. Then theres Grace Church from an architecture standpoint, its one of my favorites. They are great places to go if you need a moment to yourself and meditate.

Source: NY Post


admin   August 4th, 2017   Articles/Interviews

The new issue of Out In Jersey magazine is now available at all 219 locations from Buffalo, New York to Rehoboth Delaware, plus everywhere Out In Jersey.

The August/September 2017 issue is one of our largest.

It is packed with 48 pages of information, news, events, commentary, cartoons, reviews and our crossword puzzle. The new issue also includes:

Nico Tortorella, actor and The Love Bomb podcast hearthrob, in a not-so fucking straight interview about his evolving sexual identity as a proud polyamorous bisexual.


admin   June 23rd, 2017   Articles/Interviews

Though he grew up in a traditional Italian-Catholic family in the straight-laced Chicago suburbs, actor Nico Tortorella bucked convention from the start.

Even when I was a hockey player, it was always a show for me. I would score a goal and throw my gloves out over the glass there was so much flair, laughs the rakish 28-year-old, who stars in the sleeper-hit series Younger.

Indeed, whether its revealing his tattoos in shirtless Instagram posts to more than 300,000 followers, outing his alter-ego drag queen (Almond Milk), opening up about sex and relationships on his podcast The Love Bomb, or dishing with Alexa in a trendy coffee shop near his Williamsburg home Tortorella isnt afraid to share.

The son of bar owners, he spent his teens acting in Chicago theatrical productions before moving to LA. I literally didnt know a single person in Los Angeles, he recalls. Breaking into this industry is one in a billion in the first place, especially if theres no nepotism involved you get told no over and over again.

But he managed to bounce from Ashton Kutchers short-lived The Beautiful Life (a show about aspiring models) to Wes Cravens franchise-ending Scream 4 to Foxs gory The Following.

Tortorellas big break came when he landed TV Lands Younger (created by Darren Star of Sex and the City fame). On the show which debuted in 2015 and returns for a fourth season on Wednesday he plays Josh, the handsome hipster boyfriend of Liza (Sutton Foster), a 40-year-old who pretends to be in her 20s to score a job in book publishing.

The actor is also making scenes in real life. Last June, he drew attention for revealing he is sexually fluid.

I fall somewhere under the bisexual umbrella, Tortorella explains. Previously paired with hairstylist Kyle Krieger and actress Olesya Rulin, he says hes also in a long-time open relationship with fitness instructor Bethany Meyers while exploring polyamory. There are a few people in my life right now, he says. Men, women, and there is space for others.

Appropriate, then, that his chest bears a scrawled tattoo reading, not this, not that, beyond definition, a mantra gleaned from an LA yoga teacher (though he chuckles at the clich).

Under Tortorellas bad-boy exterior is a veneer of vulnerability. Hes been sober for 2 years and has tried reiki for physical and emotional healing. Over Christmas, he traveled to Peru with shamans and experimented with the herbal hallucinogen ayahuasca.

The actors unconventional stances havent jeopardized his leading-man status on Younger or alienated the legion of fans who are Team Josh. I am a white, cisgender-passing bisexual man, and I realize that not everyone has that privilege, he concedes. At the end of the day, will it affect my career? Possibly.

I dont think there have been positive bisexual role models in the world especially in Hollywood

I dont think there have been positive bisexual role models in the world especially in Hollywood, he continues. If you have a story thats different than what youre seeing out there, just get it out there.

To that end, he spent last years Pride parade atop the RuPauls Drag Race float; this week, he hosted a frank conversation with intersex model Hanne Gaby Odiele on his podcast.

As Tortorella continues to shoot Younger in New York and Ireland through July, his daily routine involves concocting his own version of Bulletproof coffee (involving coconut oil, maca root and cinnamon), working out and toting his new puppy, Sun, around town. (The 1-year-old Chihuahua was an unexpected gift from an Instagram follower.)

Cradling the 2-pound canine in the hem of his black tank top, Tortorella coos: People and energies come into your life when you least expect them.

Source: NY Post


admin   June 23rd, 2017   Videos Younger Articles/Interviews

The drama on Younger is about to reach another level!

TV Land’s sexy half-hour comedy kicks off its fourth season in one week, and there may be something more than friendship blossoming between Liza’s 20-something ex-boyfriend, Josh (Nico Tortorella), and her Millennial colleague, Kelsey (Hilary Duff).

“We pick up right where season three left off and Josh is miserable. Liza has just told Kelsey that she is actually 40-something,” Tortorella told ET’s Katie Krause during a recent sit-down in the Burbank studios, referencing the cliffhanger in the season three finale.

“I think it’s only natural that Josh and Kelsey find each other at this point,” he said. “They both have been betrayed by a woman that they love and so they find peace in each other. It’s a Darren Star show, so we’ll see what happens.”

When asked if things turn romantic between Josh and Kelsey, who are closer in age than Josh is with Liza, Tortorella played coy.

“Hilary Duff? Yeah, let’s make it happen!” the 28-year-old actor said with a laugh. “I think it’s problematic if Josh and Kelsey are hooking up. This show is about female relationships more than it’s about anything else, and that would be a really terrible thing for Kelsey to do to Liza. We’ll see.”

As for the Charles factor, Tortorella noted that a lot of tea is spilled this season and viewers will get a deeper glimpse into Josh’s life when he’s not around Kelsey or Liza.

“This season is dramatic,” he promised. “There’s some good stuff with Josh and Charles. There’s a lot of good stuff with Josh and Kelsey. What I love about this season more than anything else is we get to see Josh outside of the other series regulars on the show. We get to see Josh’s life in the bar. We get to see Josh’s life in the tattoo shop, other relationships that he starts to build.”

At the end of last season, Josh had plans to propose to Liza and even had rose petals spelled out on the bed. But his world was rocked when he caught her kissing her boss, Charles (Peter Hermann), outside her room.

“I think it’s possible,” Tortorella said, when asked about the possibility of an engagement being back on the table. “I think anything is possible in this utopian world that we live in on Younger, but if it’s ever gonna happen? I don’t know. I think it’s all possible.”

Younger is also packing its bags and jet-setting abroad in the new season. Though the context of the trip hasn’t been revealed, it’s clear the show is getting bigger and better. “We are leaving the United States at some point,” Tortorella teased. “We are going to Europe!”

Asked what he’d want Josh to tackle, Tortorella had the best response.

“I want to see Josh tackle Charles, like, physically tackle him and beat him up,” he joked, half serious. “I think it might [happen].”

Younger premieres Wednesday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land.

Source: ET Online


admin   April 10th, 2017   Younger Articles/Interviews Season 4

When your entire life is based on a lie, how long can that continue? For the stars of TV Lands Younger, it might be some time yet. Based on Pamela Redmond Satrans novel, Younger centers on Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a newly divorced 40-year-old mother who attempts to get herself out of debt and start her life anew by posing as a 26-year-old to land a job. The show is ramping up for its fourth season and apparently the age deception will continue.

As the show progresses, the lie doesnt become the most important piece of the show, creator and EP Darren Star said at Deadlines The Contenders Emmys event Sunday. But the lie continues because of the value put on the perception of being that young and how important it is to her work. Work is the most important thing to her, and shell do anything to feel her value again and doesnt want her age to be a barrier to that. So as long as her true age stands in the way of her work, shes going to have to continue to lie.

Miriam Shor, who plays Lizas boss Diana, addressed ageism in the workplace with heavy irony. It was a really good acting exercise to try and come up with those feelings, she laughed. As a woman, I really havent experienced that.

Carrying on the deception might prove tricky, however, as Josh (Nico Tortorella) was spurned by Liza in the Season 3 finale. Since he knows the truth, will he keep her secret?

Josh just wants to spend his life with this woman he loves, and hes put so much into this relationship, Tortorella said. Hes been lying with her for so long, so well see. After this, its definitely going to be a little bit harder.

Source: Deadline


admin   September 27th, 2016   Articles/Interviews

Talking to the ‘Younger’ star about art, sexual fluidity, and love.

Nico Tortorella is one of those actors who plays the guitar, writes poetry, and dabbles in photography and other forms of visual expression (see his Instagram for proof). In other words, he seems like he’s all about the art, man.

And, in many ways, he is. But, upon meeting him for his ELLE photoshoot, he comes across as more like his character, Josh, on TV Land’s hit series, Younger which follows 40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster) as she pretends to be a 27-year-old millennial in order to achieve her dreams of making it in the writing world than a self-serious artiste.

Both Josh and Tortorella are covered in tattoos (Josh is an inksman by trade, after all); they’re both smart aestheticists whose sensitive natures are harmonized by a wicked sense of humor. They are, it must be said, both the kind of guy who, if you were lucky enough to lock eyes with at a bar, would make you flush with anxietybut as soon as you started talking, you’d be set at ease by his affable charm.

“I have a lot of friends who are tattoo artists, and I have a lot of tattoos myself, so I know that type,” Tortorella says of Josh, Liza’s on-again/off-again boyfriend, and one of only two people to know her real-age secret. “But more than anything, I know Josh is driven by the love of a woman, which I totally understand.” Indeed, that much is obvious: Tortorella and Foster’s connection is beyond palpable, and it’s a huge reason Tortorella’s intended two scenes in Younger’s pilot turned into a full-time role.

But, for Tortorella, that love drive goes even deeper: He recently started a podcast, aptly entitled Love Bomb, in which he sits down with people he has loved (like hairstylist Kyle Krieger, whom Tortorella once dated), currently loves (like Milk, a drag queen and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, or, in a soon-to-air episode, his current girlfriend, Olesya Rulin), or may soon love. Earlier this year, Tortorella revealed he was sexually fluid. The press called it a “coming out”; to Tortorella, “this is nothing new in my life. It’s just on a grander scale now and people want to talk about it.”

Indeed we do! Thus, ELLE sat down with Tortorella for a frank conversation about modern-day sexuality, Younger’s third season, and his very open (and eye-opening) podcast.

At the end of last season, Josh and Liza got back together after having fallen out. Where does season three take that relationship?

Josh’s struggle has always been that he’s a super honest and loving person, but he’s had to keep up with Liza’s lie. It’s still a struggle this season, as well as the new love triangle with Charles [Liza’s boss]. I just saw the first four episodes of the season last night, it’s honestly the best season yet. No question. Remember the first season of Sex in the City? It doesn’t look anything like the rest of the show. That’s what’s happening with Younger. Everyone is just so comfortable with their characters now.

Did you ever worry about being cast in “the boyfriend role?”

Well, in the beginning, I didn’t really know what the role would be. After the pilot, when we started filming the series, they asked me to be a series regular, and everything changed.

Why?

Because of my relationship with Sutton because of the chemistry. We’re two totally different people, but there’s this inherent quirkiness that both of us have. She’s a dork and I’m a dork, so we just run around and play with each other.

You’ve had your fair share of shirtless scenes in the show, and we at ELLE love to flip the script, so I have to ask: Do you ever feel objectified?

Totally. Have you seen the calendar we put out? I know I have to play into it to a certain extent. If I have to be objectified in my twenties to be taken seriously in my thirties, I’m doing something right.

Was that part of the job something you were aware of as you got into acting?

As long as my work continues to speak for itself outside of what I look like, I’m okay. This is going to sound obnoxious, but I get told I’m too good-looking for a lot of roles. They don’t write roles people would think I’m supposed to play as often as they used to the rom-com pretty-boy storylines. Movies are thankfully about real people nowadays, and I don’t necessarily always look like a real person.

You seem pretty aware of how you’re presented.

One hundred percent. I wear my heart on my sleeve and live my life as openly and honestly as I can.

So in regard to your sexual fluidity…

‘A lot of people don’t think that the way that I live my life is a real thing, that it exists, that having a broad spectrum of sexual orientation is even possible’

Look, a lot of people don’t think that the way that I live my life is a real thing, that it exists, that having a broad spectrum of sexual orientation is even possible. I get told all the time on social media. God forbid you open up a Reddit article. But it comes with it, you know? I’m not trying to redefine sexuality or humanity or say that my answer is right and yours is wrong. I’m just happy with who I am. I am driven by love and I have been in love with a handful of different people, men and women. It’s like, if you go to a bookstore and you know exactly what kind of book you want, you have to look it up in the system because it’s in a specific section of the bookstore. I fit into a handful of sections in the bookstore.

Some people believe that a bi or pansexual relationship can’t be monogamous. You’re dating a woman right now. Do you believe in monogamy?

I believe in it. I am not ruled by sex. I never have been. I’m not looking to fuck all the time. I am more interested in the ability to have intimate relationships with people on an emotional level.

What’s been the industry’s attitude toward your “coming out?” Because Hollywood is notoriously-

Run by a bunch of old white dudes who say anything other than heteronormative is blasphemy? That is still sadly the case, but I had hours and hours of conversation with my entire team about how I was going to handle this, because I refused from the beginning to restrict myself to any sort of lifestyle. I think as long as you come at it from a place of positive passion, it sets the right example. And I do think it’s gotten better for actors who want to be out or open in their careers. I think, I hope, we are moving toward a tipping point.

Let’s talk about the podcast. You’re three weeks in how is it going?

I feel really great about it. It’s different than what I thought it would be.

Why?

It’s one thing to talk about love in a generic sense. Everybody knows what love is in one way or another, and everybody has an answer of what love means to them. But when two people that mean so much to each other really engage in a conversation about it. I’m just telling my story of love in a way that I didn’t even know I had.

Source: Elle


admin   May 14th, 2016   Articles/Interviews Crude

Tortorella heads the cast of Jordan Jaffe’s new play, which is presented by Black Lab Theatre at Ars Nova.

What do television stars with theater backgrounds look for during their hiatus? The opportunity to do a stage production, of course. Nico Tortorella, better known as Josh, the hunky tattoo artist dating Sutton Foster’s Liza on TV Land’s Younger, is no different. With some free time this spring, Tortorella found himself able to sink his teeth into his first love, live performing, in a play that he believes fits his personality like a glove.

The work is Jordan Jaffe’s Crude, running through May 21 in a production of Black Lab Theatre at Ars Nova’s Theatre 511. In it, Tortorella plays Jaime, a child of privilege from Houston whose life is thrown into turmoil when his family’s company takes part in the worst oil spill the world has ever seen.

But playing the madness that ensues is proving to be a most rewarding theater experience for him. Luckily, he got in some live-theater practice back in February, when he flexed his tap-dancing muscles with Foster during her concert in Baltimore.

In your words, tell me about Crude and your character, Jamie.

The show, in a nutshell, is about a rich, white, privileged oil kid from Houston. He is recently married, and the show opens with him and his wife, in a somewhat normal relationship, and then all hell breaks loose. My family’s company has an oil spill off the Gulf Coast, the largest oil spill in the history of the planet. Jamie immediately loses his s**t and tries to get all of his money out of the bank. As the show unfolds, his best friend comes over to try and come up with a plan to spin the oil spill for a national commercial. And it’s all downhill from there.

Do you have a background in theater?

I grew up onstage in Chicago. It’s been a while, but this is like a homecoming for me. I’ve been saying for years that there’s something about film and television, there is not that immediate gratification that you get on a stage. There is an engagement that just doesn’t happen when there’s a camera in your face. It’s not just the relationship with the audience; it is a fully living and breathing machine. In terms of film and TV, it’s a computer. It’s set up in a way that’s all about the light and the angle. It’s almost like the art of the camera comes first, and then the performance comes after.

What was it about Crude that interested you as a performer?

I haven’t been onstage in ten years, outside of a little tap-dance stunt with Sutton Foster in Baltimore. I’ve been looking for the right show. It’s pretty hard to navigate through a film and television schedule, to fit the stage into it. This opportunity jumped at me. I had the time to do it, and Jordan has a way of writing the way that I speak. It was a no-brainer. I said yes instantly, and I have two weeks until I go into season three of Younger, so it was perfect.

Tell me about tap dancing with Sutton.

Oh my god, it was incredible. At ten in the morning, I was still in bed, and she sends me a text message saying, “Hey, do you know how to tap dance?” We’re super tight outside of work, and I was like, “What are you thinking?” She was like, “Well, I’m performing and there’s this number that could be awesome if you and I did it together.” I was like, “Yes, I tap dance. Let’s do it.” No questions asked. When Sutton asks you to perform with her, you say yes. That’s like a little girl’s dream. And some guys, too.

So I find a tap-dance coach and take lessons. I have tap danced a little growing up. It wasn’t my forte by any means. But I thought, “I did musical theater, so I could pick it up quick.” It was a lot harder than what I thought it was going to be. I went through the wringer with it. We had a joint rehearsal with her choreographer in Los Angeles, and I come to find out that it was actually somewhat my audition. And I got the job. She was blown away. It was magic, just watching her. I had seen Violet, but I’ve never seen her dance around the stage like that before. It will certainly not be the last time you see Sutton and me onstage together.

What are your dreams for the third season of Younger?

I want to break the pattern that Josh and Liza have had of breaking up and getting back together. If we’re going to do either one, we should do it for a whole season and really see what that means for both of us. If that means we’re broken up, I want to see what Josh’s storyline looks like outside of the show, outside of the core of the four women. I think there’s room for that. The way [creator] Darren [Starr] writes, it’s so character-specific and has time for everybody. If we’re going to separate these two, we have to show what they’re up to outside of it.

Do you and Sutton dream of musicals you could star in together?

I mean, we have definitely talked about it. I would love to do a new musical with her. There’s something so beautiful about new work, and to see two people that the world kind of knows in something new would just be fantastic.

Source: Theatre Mania


admin   May 14th, 2016   Articles/Interviews Crude

Nico Tortorella is a very funny guy, and while he hasnt had a chance to show off his comedic chops in television shows like The Following (its about serial killers!) or Younger (a comedy sure, but hes the romantic interest, rather than the comedic sidekick) he finally gets a chance to make us laugh in Jordan Jaffes very dark, very funny Crude. Tortorella stars as Jaime Kurtz, a former-nonfiction-filmmaker-turned-oil-company-PR-executive, who during a catastrophic oil spill must decide whether he wants to follow his heart, or his need of societal approval. The play takes place entirely in Jaimes living room, where like a tragic king he must come to terms with the dissatisfaction of the people around him. His environmentalist wife (Eliza Hurberth) thinks hes working with the enemy, his best friend and co-worker (W. Tre Davis) wants him to reclaim his life and have more fun, and even a wisecracking drug dealer (Jos Joaqun Prez) makes an appearance that will have unexpected repercussions.

Onstage, Tortorella makes use of the space in an inventive, lived-in way, his timing is spot on, and his reactions sometimes say more than some of Jaffes best quips. When I tell him how funny I found him, he suggests that the show I attended was the best show weve done, it was the best one so far, and I have a feeling that as the play continues (its running at Ars Nova through May 21), his performance will keep getting better. Heres the rest of my conversation with Nico Tortorella:

What made you want to star in Crude?

Itd been ten years since Id done anything onstage and Id been talking for a while about getting back onstage, looking for the right projects, which is always difficult when youre navigating through film and television schedules. The time opened up and this play kinda fell in my lap, so it was a no-brainer. Jordan Jaffe has a way of writing the way that I speak, so I saw so much of myself in the script – the good parts, not the bad parts – so I leaped at the opportunity.

Jaime left behind a job in the arts to pursue the traditional path. Did people ever try to discourage you from being an actor and suggested you did something safe instead?

It was never a question for me. I knew since I was a little kid that this was what I was going to be doing. Sure, people told me no because it would be impossible. I remember my own family being ten years old in the back of my moms car, and my mom and my aunt telling me how hard it was going to be. I was just hysterical, screaming and crying saying I didnt care how hard it would be, I said this is going to be my life, and its going to be amazing.

Crude is a comedy which is the last thing you think of when you think about oil spills. Were you guys ever afraid you would cross a line that would offend people?

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