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Ben Platt The Politician

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Ben Platt felt right at home with the theatrical, heightened tone of Netflixs Politician. Playing Payton Hobart, highly ambitious high schooler who is hellbent on becoming president of the United States one day, Platt leans into his background on stage to bring this over-top, satirical story to life. It felt like the type of material I was familiar with, Platt said in an exclusive new interview for Gold Derby, adding there was a learning curve in terms of getting used to the way Paytons cadence was and the way he related with other people and making sure that no matter how large he become or how quippy, sharp, otherworldly, that he always remain knowable person, human being. Watch the full video interview above. Payton isnt afraid to go after what he wants even if it means being ruthless when it comes to others in his life. This presents an interesting opportunity for Platt to play a character who is aggressive but still has some humanity, as is revealed by the end of the first season. It is a really fun challenge to play somebody that is somewhat larger than life and try to make them feel grounded in reality, like they have their feet on the floor, especially somebody who is as outwardly unlikable as Payton, Platt explains. He observes that underneath campaigning and drive he has, Payton has a deep-seat desire and need to prove that he is consequential, which stems from his being adopt, and I think that that is met at a beautiful, dangerous apex with all of this innate hubris and confidence and arrogance that he just has rather inherently. Being on a show like Politician also makes Platt think about American politics, even if its approach is at more of an escapist remove from what is really happening in the country. I think it is nice that it is not necessarily try to comment so heavily, but I do think there are concepts within it that do make me think a bit more about what type of person wants to become a politician, he suggest, what motivations to do that might be and when those motivations come into play and when they dont really matter. Meanwhile, Platt is finding the kind of success Payton could only dream of. He first won a Tony for playing the titular role in Dear Evan Hansen, Grammy for shows cast album and an Emmy for Today Show performance from Show. At only 26 years old, he is only Oscar away from going full EGOT, and he could very well do it for the movie adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen. Platt may be aging out of playing 18-year-old Evan Hansen, but he is hopeful that he can be part of it.

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Any Other Stuff?

Clearly, Platt can also act, which is probably why he was cast as absurdly ambitious, slightly maniacal, disgustingly wealthy Payton Hobart in Ryan Murphy's first project with Netflix, Politician. The eight-episode show, which starts streaming Friday, follows Payton as he tries to ruthlessly crush his competition and win election for student body president at his prestigious high school in Santa Barbara, California. It is a goal that, in his mind, would bring him one step closer to his end game: becoming USpresident. Payton is given the role of John Hinckley Jr. Before he leverage his status to make sure his friend and former running mate, Infinity, gets the part. It become clear this is another opportunity for Murphy to squeeze in Plattastic performance, despite it making little sense to the overarching storyline. The episode goes on to show Payton abnormally comfortable with vocal warmups, rehearsals and trust falls before he performs Unworthy of Your Love with Infinity. Sure, Murphy Love this sort of thing, as referenced by his powerful musical numbers in Pose or the disparate ones in American Horror Story. And Glee, of course, was a masterclass in staging. In those instances, performances were welcome or unexpected enough to be applaud. But hiring some of the most talented Broadway stars of our time, Platt, Michele, Billy Porter, doesnt mean song and dance always need to be in the job description.

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Picture this: It's Fall of 2005, and every morning very dramatic 14-year-old dramatically stars out window of her school bus, blasting Sufjan Stevens's dramatic ballad Chicago in her earbuds, pretending she's on the end of some drama's appropriately dramatic movie montage. That 14-year-old was me, and I was, as I've say, very dramatic not unlike Payton Hobart, lead of Netflix's Politician. Coincidentally, Payton's teen years are also set in Chicago, which serves as Ryan Murphy-create dramedy's theme song. It's perfect, sweeping choice for montage that shows everything that goes into building Payton's larger-than-life persona medals, political pins, box of matches ending with statue model after character becoming human and casting intimidating stare directly at the camera. Admittedly, at first listen, song From Stevens's Illinois feels a bit out of place in a snappy series like Politician, which has a candy-color palette and mile-aminute dialogue. If you listen closely, though, Chicago is an apt choice for Payton's journey. Stevens's song has a remarkable ability to leave you feeling both joyful and breathless, while also punching in the gut and ready to sink into a box of tissues. So too does Politician, which never quite decide which type of story it wants to tell, or which tone it wants to stick to. Lyrics in Chicago also reference seeking escape and liberation if I was crying / in van with my friend / It was for freedom / From myself and From land, something Payton aims to do once he got his acceptance to Harvard in the first season. As you get ready to binge-watch season two, here's Chicago for your listening pleasure.

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