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Posted by admin on October 6th, 2018

‘Confidence is incredibly attractive.’

by Ria Esguerra for Cosmo.PH
Photography by Mixi Ignacio

There’s no denying the charms and magnetic pull of actor, model, podcaster, and LGBTQIA+ advocate Nico Tortorella. Nico currently stars as Josh in the quirky comedy series Younger alongside Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, has come out as gender-fluid, recently married their partner of about 13 years Bethany Meyers, and now adds poet/author to their (Nico’s preferred pronouns are they/them) laundry list of achievements.

In time for the Manila International Book Fair, National Book Store flew Nico in as part of their tour for their debut poetry collection All of It Is You. and we got to sit down and talk to them about confidence, love, addiction, gender politics, and sexuality.

What has life been like living as a gender-fluid person?
It’s been interesting, depending on the day. I’ve been living like this my whole life but I just had a different language for it. And I had a different public representation and different voice for it. And some days are really good and great and I feel recognized and heard and seen. And some days aren’t. Some days I feel really quieted and unrecognized.

The struggle is real, then.
Definitely! We all do struggle. I’m not a saint, yet. (laughs) I’m working on it. But I think that in this life’s iteration, if I wasn’t struggling, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m supposed to be doing. And I think the struggle teaches us all how to get where we’re supposed to go. And I deal with a lot of shit on a daily basisfamily stuff, Hollywood stuff, relationship stuff. I’m not perfect. I don’t wanna be. That sounds miserable.

[I also struggle with feeling] like the work [of pushing for gender and sexuality education] sometimes isn’t worth it. I have these moments of humility. Like, “What is it all really for?” And then I’m reminded through a DM from a kid in Dubai or Saudi Arabia or you know, Bumblef*ck Canada or whatever, that they stopped cutting themselves today because they heard something that I said or they came out to their parents today because they heard the podcast.

How did you come to the realization that you were in fact, gender-fluid?
I’ve always lived as a gender-fluid person but I just haven’t been able to express it with the language. I think once I started doing the work on the queer community at large, I started to understand what gender is on a much wider scope [from] what we’ve been taught. And then maybe it’s not what we’ve been taught. And maybe there’s so much more to it than what we even imagine. And for me, if gender doesn’t exist in the same way that we think it does, then sexuality doesn’t mean anything at all and it’s a really interesting spiral that I’m in right now.

It took me some time to find my own pocket. Even still, the way that we define [ourselves]the language is ever-expanding and I have always felt like I wasn’t one or the other because I didn’t even know what one or the other meant. I think that what I’m more interested in is the masculine and feminine, rather than the man and the woman. I think that gender and energy is way more interesting than what we have between our legsthan our sex. Because I know plenty of women that have penises and plenty of men who have vaginas and they’re some of the most incredible people I know.

How has your realization of your gender-fluidity affected your life?
The work I was doing within the queer community helped me realize my most authentic self. Trying to break down sexuality led me to gender and once I started the gender spiral, it was like, “Wait a second. It’s deeply spiritual too.”

I think there’s like an intrinsic symbiotic relationship between sexuality, gender identity, expression, and spirituality and God. If you’re doing the work on yourself at a young ageif you’re looking in the mirror and you’re actually looking at yourself and going, “Okay, this is who I am, this is who I like, this is what I feel like on the inside” though it goes against what we’re taught, you’re doing the work. You’re looking at yourself. If that’s not spirituality, I don’t know what is. It’s next level consciousness.

How has it shaped your career choices?
Well, my career is changing. I’m no longer driven by the opportunity to play make-believe on television. At one point, that was the driving force, I wanna be an actor for the rest of my life! And I will be. I will always be working on some sort of scripted material, but I guess the intention has shifted.

I’m a lot pickier with projects. They need to go in line with the messaging. I’m not gonna play a character that I don’t resonate with or that is problematic to the cause. I am way more interested right now in my own personal workthe writing, the unscripted, the self-actualization, the global education; the touring right now and just sitting down with people and understanding who they are and where they come from.

[I recognize that] my queer politics are super American. They’re super Westernized just because I’m not that well-travelled. So I think what the next evolution of this conversation looks like for me is really getting out in the world and continuing to explore gender, sexuality and lovehow people express love in other traditions across the entire planet.

So what got you to come out with All of It Is You.?
My podcast “The Love Bomb” really inspired this book. You know how in tarot, when you pull the Death Card, it’s like, something has to die in order for another to be reborn? That’s what happened with this. I was writing a bunch of poetry for the podcast and when I decided to stop recording episodes for that and the podcast died, these books kinda just showed up in my life.

Two books: “All of It Is You.” and I’m currently still writing the second one. It’s a non-fiction book. It’s a big one. It’s a narrative-memoir hybrid of sorts.

What has it been like being in a queer polyamorous relationship?
It’s been really great! It’s been really multidimensional and dynamic. There have been some days that haven’t been easy, and my partner and I, Bethany, have been together going on 13 years now in one way or another, so we know each other. We’re best friends, but we hadn’t lived together in six years. We just moved in with each other after we got married so it was a change of family dynamicssharing space. It’s led to some struggles, but we are working our way through it.

Also, we both just started dating other people literally the same night! Like, Bethany went on a date and I stayed out of the house and we met up with people we had already been talking to on a regular basis. It’s so beautiful. We have everything that we’ve ever wanted and we have this incredible relationship that is growing and is based in trust and communication. And we’re doing some real honest work outside of ourselves for a much larger cause and we get to come together and share that celebration with each other.

[Compared to my previous more ‘traditional’ relationships], it’s just so much more layered. It’s not fear-based. It’s not restrictive and Bethany and I are both on the same planethe same wavelength. It’s just so beautiful. We’re so lucky.

Could you walk us through how youre able to make polyamory work?
You know, Bethany just posted this whole thing on Instagram all about it this afternoon:

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Jealousy in an open relationship. I get asked about this topic all the time – probably because a poly relationship is rarely depicted in society and therefore often difficult to navigate. So heres 3 pointers that have helped me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Tell the truth – early. Often times people think an open relationship operates like a monogamous one, so the idea of finding out your partner was with someone else is terrifying. But in an open relationship, there are no surprises. Ever. This keeps things in check. If you have a date planned, your partner knows. If you think you may have a random hookup that night, your partner knows. If you start crushing on someone who slid into your dms, guess what? Your partner knows. When I crush on a new girl, do you know who I tell first about it? Nico. Jealousy often stems from lies, deceit and mistrust. Take out the ability to lie, and all parties feel better. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Talk yourself down. Inevitably, theres going to be emotions that arise the first time (or many times) your partner has a date. When you feel yourself getting jealous take yourself out of the situation and have a check in. What feels scary? That theyll leave you? That they wont care about you anymore? When you hear your fears out loud, it should hopefully sound comical. And if it doesnt sound comical, an open relationship may not be for you just yet. They dont really work without a solid foundation of trust. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Make plans. I think Sex And The City called it secret single behaviorremember, Miranda moisturized her hands with vaseline and watched infomercials (btw vote @cynthiaenixon Thursday) but yes, go do the stuff you did more of when you were single. Plan a friend night, watch the TV show your partner hates, eat the food theyre allergic to, hell – get your own damn date! In an open relationship, there isnt an expectation for one person to fulfill all your needs. So go get your other needs filled. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every relationship is different and Im not claiming to be an expert, but Ive found these things helpful. If you and your partner have other suggestions, please share below. #loveisloveislove // #nyfw @nanajudy 📸 @emilkovich

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[The most I can add is to remember to] be honest, be engaging, and be open to changeI think is the most important thing. One relationship is not gonna look exactly the same for the rest of your life ’cause you’re not gonna look [or be] exactly the same for the rest of your life. Just go with the flow.

Polyamory is actually something that Bethany and I stumbled upon. ‘Cause we’ve been dating for so long and we’ve dated other people and we have both grown into our own queerdom together. And it’s something that one day we woke up and we’re like, “Oh, I guess this is what we are. This is what we’ve been doing for so long.” So we’ve been doing it, but we just didn’t have the language for it. It’s a running theme here. (smiles)

Given the complexity of your gender identity and expression and views on sexuality, what makes somebody attractive to you?
I think it’s just confidence. I’m most attracted to somebody that is just unapologetically themselves and just stands by it. And that can look like a million different things. That’s not a gender, that’s not a sexuality, that’s just somebody who owns who they are and what they do. There are gray areas in everything. And I think that I’m very attracted by somebody that recognizes the gray areas in everythingthe simultaneity of everyone and everything, too.

You’ve mentioned addiction in your Instagram posts and in your poems as well, can you talk about that for a bit?
Yeah, I’m almost four years sober from alcohol. I come from a long line of addicts and it is something that never really goes away. It just changes and it’s something that isn’t really talked about, especially in the queer community. The first place that we go to find each other is at the bar or the club and so many people get lost there. Especially if you’re dealing with really heavy identity and expression ideas, it can get really troublesome really fast, but there’s a way out. There is no lack of inspiration. It’s everywhere.

For me, I was just in a lot of pain. It stems from all of the above, reallyfamily, identity, expression, work. They all just compounded. I was just like, hurting myselfI was hiding. I was numbing the pain before I knew how to heal it. Once I got sober, [part of understanding myself and my alcoholism] is the realization that, all of it is you.

The opportunities that have been opening for me have been so bountiful and I found my own version of God writing this book. And now I get to share them with the people and that’s the driving forcemy marriage, my new friends that I’ve found because of the work that I do, and the people. This is really about the people. Helping people cope. About loving people that desperately need to be loved.

As a final word, do you have a message for people who are currently struggling?
It may never get better. We always say it gets better, right? It may never get better, but YOU HAVE TO. It doesn’t just get better, you do. That’s on you.



Posted by admin on June 10th, 2018

GQs Best Stuff visited the newlywed actor, author, and advocate in his Brooklyn home to get wellness tips and take in a whole lot of religious iconography.

by Liz Raiss for GQ

There are many, many avenues to discovering the multi-talented Nico Tortorella. You might watch TV Land’s Younger, the sitcom he stars in alongside Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff (which just returned to television for its hotly anticipated fifth season). Or maybe you’ve caught his podcast, Love Bomb, where he explores love and the labels associated with it. You might have picked up his book of poetry, All of It Is You.written in an impressive 43-day crash session of passionor seen a video of him performing spoken word over looped samples on Instagram. And perhaps you absorbed some particles from the media explosion that followed his recent marriage to his longtime partner, Bethany Meyers, with whom he maintains an openly polyamorous and fluid relationship.

This modern-day polymath, who considers his cis appearance a form of performative drag in and of itself, may be everywherebut still he’s impossible to pin down. Well, we’re pleased to expand the world’s sum knowledge of and exposure to Tortorella through another intense experience: moving (a blur of angst and emotional rawness for any of us). Any way you define it, Tortorella moves a lot. We spoke with him in the midst of him vacating his Brooklyn apartment for a new home upstate. Luckily, we were able to slow down this speed demon long enough to check out his place and a few of his favorite thingsand to hear how he copes with change.

On Candor and Sexuality
“I started having really public conversations about sexuality and gender identity on my old podcast, Love Bomb. Once I started taking that conversation public, I just wanted to download a large amount of information in a short amount of time, and theres no better way to do that than through books. People would listen to what I was saying, not necessarily because of what I was saying but because of what I look like, and what I represent, and as ridiculous as that sounds, theres a responsibility that comes with that privilege that I have. And I wasnt going to let it go to waste. I wanted to inspire other people to speak up.”

Liquid Diet
“I do a lot of scallions, a lot of greens. Im Italian, so once a week Ill get a big pot of gravy going and then eat it throughout the week. I mean a red saucenot a brown sauceand Ill have that with gluten-free noodles or on its own. Most of the time, Im on a liquid diet. I do shakes and smoothies and juices. I was a raw foodist for like three years back in the day, and that really drove my life toward superfoods in a really amazing way. Now I do organic coffee every morning with organic ghee, raw maca, raw chocolate, collagen, and cinnamon. Im big on a green drink before I go to sleep, which is spirulina or E3Live.”

Live, Laugh, Charcoal
“I am pretty keen on activated charcoal right now. I take supplements, I have charcoal toothpaste, I have charcoal deodorant and face masks. If Ive eaten something that isnt great, Ill take some activated charcoal at night to kind of detox from it.”

Mic Drop
“I do a lot of spoken word, so I just got this fancy new microphone, a Shure Super 55, with a modulator and a PA sound system. I do a lot of weird looping with music and poetry. Its a new purchase, and Ive been doing a lot of playing around with it.”

The Essentials
“Funny enough, Ive been writing on my phone for the past few years. When I got a book deal, my publisher and my agent made me buy a computer; I hadnt owned a computer for the last eight years. Ive just done everything on my phone. I wrote all new material for the book, but I found out I had 254 8 x 10 pages of poetry on my phone. The problem is Im so terrible with technology, I lose things! I had nothing backed up anywhere. I just got an iCloud.”

Required Reading
“Ram Dass, Be Here Now. Kahlil Gibran, he wrote The Prophet. I have his entire collection. Hes a Lebanese poet. There are some modern-day poets like Travis Alabanza and Alok Vaid-Menon, two trans artists that are just doing incredible work in the poetry space. I love Tom Wolfe. I just became an avid reader in the last couple years, so I feel like theres a giant world in front of me. Its almost like time travel. I open up a book and just get taken. But Im a newbie in the lit world.”

Religious Ephemera
“I have a few pictures of Jesus. Religion is pretty much my driving force. Its not necessarily religious-based, I have a strong connection with Jesus and with Judaism and Buddhism. I kind of take the pieces that I like from each religion and leave the stuff I dont like. In terms of spirituality, I work with a lot of different energy healers. I just got my Reiki 1 certification. I do a lot with crystals, channeling, ceremonies. I work a lot with psychedelics, Ill do a lot of mushrooms in my apartment. Ive done Ayahuasca ceremonies. All of my crystals are next to my bed. I have lapis, moonstone, Jasper, citrine, quartz. I have a bunch of dried flowers because theyre easier to maintain. I have a last rites box in the bathroom over my toilet. If someone were dying, the priest would bring it to their house. I have a few of those, actually.”

Taxidermy
“I have a piece of taxidermy next to my bed that is the body of a white dove with the head of a white bunny rabbit. I found it on Etsy, actually. I grew up in an antiques store in Chicago, we were always going to estate sales, my grandma collected taxidermy. I have a stuffed baby white tiger that my grandma gave me that I keep in the middle of my living room. Its a baby, hes small, hes probably only three feet wide.”

Arts & Crafts
“I draw a lot. Ive been drawing collections of non-binary bodies recently. Ive done embroidery. I do a lot of leather work. I want to start doing bigger projects, sculptures. Im gonna start doing that at the house upstate, which is 32 acres. Im not picky: Im the type of person who loves all mediums and will use whatever I have in front of me. Ive been drawing on poster board. Its all very experimental and for myself right now.”



Posted by admin on March 18th, 2018

The queer, polyamorous couple wrote about their wedding day and their love, exclusively for them.

by Nico Tortorella & Bethany Meyers for them.
Photos by Victoria Matthews

no matter what,
No matter what,
this is a story of love

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Marriage. I cant say the word never resonated with me. I remember being 16 years old, having sleepovers with my besties, combing through bridal magazines, cutting out favorite photos of flowers, rings, dresses and colors. 16 years old and planning a wedding. The event every fairy tale had told us was the finish line. I decided I would be married by 27. I picked a number much older than the going age for most girls in my small Missouri hometown. I had my heart set on bright lights, big city, so I padded myself a few extra years before I would tie the knot and become Mrs. New Last Name.

the day was march 9, 2018. 3/9/18. in numerology the 18 becomes a 9, so for all intents and purposes, we shall forever remember the day as 399. an angelic number if ive ever seen one. you see, 39 is a blessed count, and with an extra 9? this was entirely planned.

Cut to 399. A few months shy of 32. The wedding day. No guests. No flowers. No rings. My dress, consisting of trousers. His tux, gown inclusive. I suppose you would dub our wedding color white. It was certainly the most traditional thing we did.

ive always planned on being a husband my own version of one. not that i prince charming dreamt of it, but being from a family where everyone had been divorced at least once, it was a tradition i was prepared to re-shape. everyone loves a big wedding, said no one ever. we knew we wanted to be married at the courthouse. the office of the city clerk at 141 worth street in lower manhattan, to be exact. immediately upon entrance of this landmark, the rush of love almost makes you catatonic. from street vendors outside selling rings and flowers, to couples and families passing by from all walks of life, their outfits representing various parts of the world. from the seemingly proper acceptance and recognition of gender and sexuality, to the structures deeply rooted history and porous marble walls, which absorb pure devotion in human form. from the smiling faces of the employees, security guards, police officers, all of whom are strangers, all welcoming the holiest of matrimony. theres even something romantic about the metal detector if you could imagine. but our day started way before said courthouse.

To read their full story and to check out the amazing photos, please check out the original article here!



Posted by admin on January 31st, 2018

them article nico tortorella“I want people to read this book and to go inside themselves and to fall in love with themselves a little bit.”

by Meredith Talusan for them.

Before he walked into Cond Nasts offices for a chat about his upcoming debut poetry collection, All of It Is You, whose existence is public as of today, I knew Nico Tortorella as the rugged yet uber-sensitive tattoo-artist love interest Josh in TV Lands Younger, who gives everyone the impression of being a lothario heartbreaker, only to prove himself kind and loyal even against his own best judgment. Id followed the show for two seasons before finding out that Nico was openly bisexual, an admirable stance in an entertainment industry that still makes it hard for leading men who arent straight, and a world that continues to frown upon bisexual men both within and outside the LGBTQ+ community.

The person I spent time with ended up having many of the thoughtful and sensitive qualities I admired from my previous encounters with his image, along with a self-awareness about the privileges that come from passing as straight, and being good-looking (okay, really good-looking) according to mainstream norms. But what comes through the most in our interaction surrounding his poetry book is Nicos need to express his ideas beyond the image that the world has set out for him, an impulse that feels quintessentially queer.

So my first question is, why poetry?

I guess I’ve always written in verse. I was never that great in school, not because I couldn’t be, just because I didn’t really care, but early on, being musically inclined, everything that I wrote came out in verse. And then I had this podcast for the last couple of years, The Love Bomb, and it was just so natural for me to write a piece about the person that I was having in on that episode, and it just happened to come out in a sonnet of sorts.

I opened each episode with spoken word, and when I stopped the podcast and really started focusing on books, the original book that I had in mind that I really shopped around is this narrative hybrid that’s actually going to be the next book that comes out. But basically my publishers at Random House were like, we want to do a poetry book. It came to me, and I was like, oh my God, this is the greatest opportunity ever. I’ve never worked on something before that I’ve had to put so much energy into every single day. I’ve always written longer-form poetry, and this book, given its nature and its size, and the page count, I had to chop down my voice for specific poems, and that for me was the most difficult part, deliver the message as efficiently as possible in the smallest amount of space.

I came up with the idea to do it in three sections, Body, Earth, Universe, and then mapped out titles for 200 plus different pieces in order, that was like two days, and then I just started writing in that order from beginning to end. I always thought I was going to jump around writing, but the second I sat down and started writing it made so much sense for me to start with the first one and then blow through.

all of it is you book nico tortorella It sounds like it was just inside you.

That’s just a whole other conversation too. I channel-write a lot where I kinda like black out, like totally sober blackout, just direct from source let something pour out of me and kind of just unedited, what you see is what you get. And that’s really what this book is, it’s a stream-of-consciousness really, it’s a journal. I journaled for 45 days in verse, also while I went to Peru and did ayahuasca for a week and a half. And this book is exactly that. It’s very raw, unedited, and there really wasn’t a whole lot of planning that went into it. But for me that’s the practical magic in it.

What would you say to somebody who sees you publishing a poetry book and says, ah, just another celebrity publishing a poetry book?

Right in the beginning I check all of my privilege at the door first and foremost. And I realize how special it is that I was even given this opportunity to write this poetry book, very much so has to do with what I look like, the color of my skin, my straightpassingness, my cisness. I totally, fully realize that. And I think that with that though for me comes a responsibility to really attempt to just be a voice for something that’s much greater than who I am as an individual. And that for me is my driving force in all of life.

If anyone wants to look at this book as like, it’s just some good-looking white actor dude that has a poetry book, fine, I totally understand that. I’ll say it with them. But hopefully, and I believe there is, there’s so much more in this book that speaks on and in the voice of a oneness, that’s love-driven more than anything. I think historically it has, as fucked up as this is…. for so long I represent the person who gets opportunities like this, and gets the oppoortunity to get certain messages across. And if I can tap into that and use it for good rather than using it for myself, I don’t think there should be anything wrong with that.

Describe the poems to us.

They’re all different. I write like I speak, and my mind moves faster than my mouth does. And I think that reads on the page. You can visually see my mind ahead of my mouth. (pauses) How do you even describe poems? They’re like deliveries from the inner-workings of my own brain.

them article nico tortorella And what are they about?

We start with sperm, and then we go all the way to alien, and then pretty much cover everything in between. We cover all of the human body, a lot of it, not all of it, I mean this book could have easily been 5,000 pages. We cover the body, and then we go through the earth, and then we go through the universe, the galaxies, planets, cosmos, all that good stuff, and the whole book is written in second-person, in you’s, so when you’re reading the poems it becomes a really personal relationship with the words, because every poem sounds like I’m talking about the reader. And for me that is the most special thing about it. It’s finding the us in even the most simple of things. For me each poem is a mirror. Some of them are really simple, some of them have word play, and are laced with idioms of sorts and others are about me and my family and specific relationships that I have. I don’t know I think the best way to describe it is it’s a full, transformational journey from the seed to the universe, the original big bang to the big big bang.

What are your hopes for the book? How do you envision the book being out in the world?

The cover of this book is a version of a merkaba, with the six-pointed star, which is two tetrahedrons linked together that represent perfect opposites of each other: masculine / feminine, manifest / unmanifest. And it has been known historically as this chariot, this vehicle, this throne of God. And it kinda popped up all over the planet way way back in the day, at the same time in different parts. And for me it’s been showing up in my meditations and just in my waking life. Every time I close my eyes I see it. I just got it tattoed on my chest two days ago. And it really for me is a mechanism of delivery, and it flies, and that’s why I put it on the cover of this book. I want this book to fly. I know that every single poem isn’t perfect, but to me perfection is wildly flawed and I want a piece of this to resonate. I want people to read this book and to go inside themselves and to fall in love with themselves a little bit. And if that happens even on the most micro of levels, I think I’ve done my job.

All of It Is You is available for pre-order today.



Posted by admin on November 14th, 2017

Younger actor Nico Tortorella has revealed that his and partner of 11 years Bethany Meyers decision to go public with his polyamorous relationship has come at a cost.

by Alexia Fernandez for People

The actor, 29, told PEOPLE at the World Wide Orphans Gala Monday night in New York City that his and Meyers honesty about their relationship has caused some tension from her family.

Honestly, its kind of a sensitive topic right this second, he says. Because of all the attention that the relationship has gotten recently, we are coming up to the holiday season and because of certain things that were said, Bethany and I are not necessarily, completely welcome in her family celebrations this year.

Despite the change his and Meyers honesty has caused in their familial relationships, Tortorella says he wouldnt change anything about his decision to speak about his polyamorous relationship.

No, no, absolutely not, he said referring to keeping his personal life private. It just means we have to talk about it more. There are millions of people in non-traditional relationships that get cut off from their families every single day and its not okay.

As for his holiday plans, Tortorella says he and Meyers have a lot on.

Were gonna be in Chicago, big Thanksgiving celebration next week, he says, laughing. And then Bethany and I are headed to Peru for a few weeks before Christmas to go do some ayahuasca (an Amazonian mind-altering substance used for various ailments by shaman).

Im ver excited, he adds. I did it last year this is [Bethanys] first time.

Tortorella has been in a polyamorous relationship for 11 years with fitness and lifestyle entrepreneur Meyers. She identifies as gay, while he identifies as pansexual.

In July, the actor and Meyers opened up about their relationship in an interview with The Advocate.

I think the way I use the word fluidity is like fluid in everything, fluid in train of thought, he said. It doesnt always have to be one thing. The one thing anybody can talk about, no matter race, religion, sexuality or gender, is love.



Posted by admin on September 28th, 2017

Lola Kirke, Christina Ricci, Lois Smith and Jackie Cruz are also among the actors in the Oct. 30 event.
by Ashley Lee for The Hollywood Reporter

Kyra Sedgwick, Josh Charles, Nico Tortorella, Lola Kirke, Christina Ricci, Lois Smith and Jackie Cruz are among the cast of this years 24 Hour Plays, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Also participating in the annual event to be held Oct. 30 at Broadways American Airlines Theatre are Justice Smith, Raul Castillo, Jennifer Esposito, Noah Galvin, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nina Hellman, Cush Jumbo, Mia Katigbak, Russell G. Jones, Orlando Pabotoy, Jeremy Shamos, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Yul Vasquez.

On the creative side, the directors include May Adrales, Warren Leight, Patricia McGregor, Jessica Stone and Kate Whoriskey. The writing team includes Fernanda Coppel, Chisa Hutchinson, David Lindsay-Abaire, Martyna Majok and Molly Smith Metzler. This years musical guest is Shaina Taub. Additional cast and creative team members will be announced in the coming weeks.

The intensive theatrical endeavor challenges participants to write, direct and perform six original plays within 24 hours. Proceeds from the one-night-only performance of the works benefit the companys programming, including The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (a professional intensive for young artists) and The Lilly Awards Foundation’s work supporting women in theater and promoting gender parity. As previously announced, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman will be honored as part of the organizations partnership with The Lilly Awards.

We are thrilled to announce the first round of actors, writers and directors for this year, made up of original and fearless voices, said Mark Armstrong, executive director of The 24 Hour Plays, in a statement. In keeping with our celebration of The Lilly Awards and Marsha Norman, this years performance particularly highlights extraordinary female artists from theater, film and television.



Posted by admin on August 28th, 2017

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



Posted by admin on August 4th, 2017

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.



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‘All Of It Is You’ Poetry Book


A debut poetry collection from actor Nico Tortorella exploring “all of it,” from the smallest cells in our bodies to the outer limits of our universe.

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The Love Bomb
Actor Nico Tortorella explores love and the labels associated with it. An At Will Radio Production.
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Younger

Role: Josh

A newly single, 40-year-old mother tries to get back into the working world with her friends’ help.

Fluidity

Role: Matt

The story of ten millennials living in New York City whose sexual lives intersect in the age of social media – where likes, impressions, and virtual “connections” threaten the very notion of personal relationships and human intimacy.

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