21 questions

Michael Urie Brought His Beat-up Honda Civic From Los Angeles

Name: Michael Urie
Age: 29
Occupation: Actor, whose nightclub debut with Ugly Betty co-star Becki Newton will have two shows at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on February 21.
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Arthur Bach from the movie Arthur, played by Dudley Moore.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
BLT Steak. YUM!

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
As an actor, I spend all day pretending.

Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
Sure! I’ve done New York as a starving actor, and I’m sure I could do it again.

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Present Laughter with Victor Garber. Delightful!

Do you give money to panhandlers?
As a rule no, but just before filling out this questionnaire, I bought a woman a hot dog on the street.

What’s your drink?
Coffee. If we’re talking booze, Jack Daniel’s.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Rarely … PB&J is my only real specialty. Otherwise I just pick at things until I’m full, which I would NOT call a meal.

What’s your favorite medication?
Pepto, after I pick at things till I’m full.

What’s hanging above your sofa?
Three pieces: a mirror thing from my mom, a framed photo, and an odd painting. None of them really match.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
I’ve never spent more than 50 bucks, but usually get them paid for, an actor perk. Curly hair can kind of grow and grow, and if the producers don’t like it, they can pay for the cut!

When’s bedtime?
My eyelids usually tell me.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
As a cyclist, new Times Square is actually doable.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
He spends too much on his haircut.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
The extremes, cold and hot. Getting on a train going the wrong direction.

Who is your mortal enemy?
Anyone who thinks they can actually be “real” when they’re knowingly being filmed.

When’s the last time you drove a car?
Not long ago. I brought my beat-up Honda Civic hybrid with me from L.A.

How has the economic downturn affected your life?
I’ve been lucky to have a job through it all; ask me again in a year.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
Times if I really want news. Post if I want a laugh.

Where do you go to be alone?
The gym.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Not being fazed by anything anymore.

Michael Urie Brought His Beat-up Honda Civic From Los Angeles