Chris Pine on Theater: “I like the fact that when you step out on the stage, for that given night, for better or for worse, you are the master of the boards”

While Chris Pine is definitely best known for starring as Captain Kirk in Star Trek and its upcoming sequel, he also not only has experience in smaller films like People Like Us but also in theater.

In an interview with Theater Mania, Pine speaks about how he made the transition to film from the stage, a creative luxury he had during shooting of People Like Us, and why he won’t stop performing in theater.

Pine reveals that he had a totally different plan in place for acting his career before fate intervened.  He explains, “I took part in a theater festival in Massachusetts two summers after I graduated from college. Then I was in Los Angeles, thinking ‘I am going to go to New York.’ So I bought a plane ticket and found a place to live and packed my bags. And suddenly, a week before I was supposed to leave, I had three job offers — and one of them was my first movie. I think that when you let go and throw it all away and say ‘whatever happens, happens,’ things work out.”

Despite starring in over a dozen films, Pine confesses that People Like Us was a new experience for him as an actor.  He says, “It’s the first film I’ve done where we got to rehearse before shooting. It’s a total luxury in film-land. The great thing about theater is that you have so much time to prepare, and to fail, before presenting it to the public. In film, the high-wire act seems to be that much farther up, and the net seems to be less there.”

But regardless of his Star Trek stardom, Pine says he is committed to theater.  He says, “Theater will always be a huge part of my life. The high I get from doing theater is not, quite honestly, matched by many things. I like the fact that when you step out on the stage, for that given night, for better or for worse, you are the master of the boards. I love it to death.”

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Ben-Platt-Dear-Evan-Hansen.jpg
Ben Platt on How He Found Himself Starring in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
"Every day is a different sort of vibe and feeling. It can be impacted by anything from like, "Is it raining outside?" to "Are there a lot of old people?"" - Ben Platt
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/geoffrey-rush-genius.jpg
Geoffrey Rush: “In my theatrical repertoire, I rarely played the central character”
"I suppose I’m drawn to — I’d call them all outsider figures." - Geoffrey Rush
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/michaela-watkins-casual.jpg
Michaela Watkins on the Challenge of Finally Landing a Long-Term Role in ‘Casual’
"I felt like I really want to chew the meat. I just really want to get to know somebody in a consistent way." - Michaela Watkins on Her Role in 'Casual'
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/24-legacy-corey-hawkins.jpg
Tony Nominee Corey Hawkins on His Nearly-Disastrous Juilliard Audition
"I remember thinking, ‘I want to go to Juilliard, I want that structure and I want that rigor and that classical foundation.’" - Corey Hawkins
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/the-walking-dead-josh-mcdermitt.jpg
Josh McDermitt: “I moved to LA a little later in my life than when most people move and I feel like I’m better for it.”
"You have wins, you have losses. You have to remain positive, that’s probably the biggest challenge; to not get yourself down." - Josh McDermitt on Acting