We collected the inteviews, video and written, that Lin-Manuel Miranda gave so far to promote In The Heights movie.
Let’s start with Digital Spy.
Under the cut you can find more interviews, videos and articles: The One Show, JOE.ie, It’s Gone Viral, Magic Radio, What’s On Stage, NME, BFI at Home, Cosmopolitan.
COSMOPOLITAN UK: Who is your favourite character you’ve ever played?
Lee Scoresby (His Dark Materials) is pretty fun: having a soulmate and getting to do stunts in a hot-air balloon. Although my answer to that question does always tend to be whichever character I played last… It’s like when people ask me my favourite song I’ve ever written, it’s always the last one I wrote.
What was it like on the set of HDM?
Wonderful. Firstly being in Wales, away from the rest of the world, it’s so beautiful there. And then there’s the real joy of His Dark Materials. Every two person scene is a four person scene, because you’re always with your dæmon, so acting was really like 3D chess in a really fun way. Plus there was always a puppet on set, there wasn’t much tennis ball acting, so it must have been weird to anyone visiting the set that I would just hang with my puppet in between shots.
What would your dæmon be if you had one?
The New York City subway rat, you know the one that dragged that piece of pizza down the steps? I think there’s something scrappy and resourceful about it that I would want in myself.
How do you get yourself in the headspace to write?
My creative process is something that has come with time. I learned to knock all my quirks out so that I could write anywhere, because there’s inspiration and there’s writing. Inspiration can land anywhere: in the shower, walking your dog, on the train, but writing is something where you need to get it down and get it into a form so someone else can understand it and see it.
What was your last impulse purchase?
Chocolate croissants. I was out of ideas for breakfast for my kids so I went to my local spot and got chocolate croissants. But I did cut apples, I promise fruit got in there too.
How would your teachers have described you as a kid?
Intense. I’ve mellowed out a lot since then. but I was trying to put on shows and trying to make movies when I was a teenager. I was a caricature theatre kid. Just so, so extra.
What is the hardest scene you’ve ever had to film?
Probably the Trip a Little Light Fantastic scene in Mary Poppins Returns. It’s an eight minute song and dance number, where you’ve got to throw a hat so it lands on a lamppost, and so many other variables like that. Basically the entire six month shoot was rehearsal for that, because it was one of the last things we shot.
What’s your favourite moment in In The Heights?
It’s a blink-and-you-miss-it moment with Anthony Ramos where his dream is very close to coming true and he just yells, ‘Let’s go!’ It’s a thing Anthony says all the time to rile up his friends and cast members but in that scene it’s said with a lot of emotion. It’s a very true moment.
What is your most overused phrase?
I’m pretty bad with ‘does that make sense?’ When I feel like I’ve spoken for too long I hit ’em with one of those. It’s a conversational crutch I’m not proud of.
What’s the worst lie you’ve ever told?
I faked a spinal injury to get out of summer camp as a child. I hated summer camp: I didn’t like being away from home, I didn’t like not having electricity or TV. I kind of threw myself on the ground when nobody was looking and said ‘I heard a snap.’ I got a ride in an ambulance and a ride home. Obviously I hadn’t broken anything, so it was maybe the best acting performance of my life. The drawback was having to hold the lie all summer.
What’s the last thing that made you cry?
This is cheesy. We’re editing the first movie I directed, Tick Tick Boom, and our stills photographer sent me a book of pictures from the set and I cried leafing through it. It’s a chronicle of the hardest year any of us have ever had.
What advice would you give your 21-year-old self now if you could?
Life’s longer than you think. Just take your time, things come back around.