I seem to be able to get along with anybody when I work because I really enjoy being there.
Growing up, I wasn’t an athlete or anything like that.
I didn’t want to, so they were kind enough to let me read for Nathan but I don’t think they took me very seriously. I’ve made decisions that perhaps have not let me go as far in my career, but I’m totally fine with that because it’s kept me close to my son. Anybody who talks to him can’t get over how grown up and confident he is. He tells me a lot, and I’m honored that I have that kind of relationship with him. He’s the lead singer in his own rock band, and they’re very good.
I don’t really care what I look like, and I think I can be funny enough that you forget about that. You don’t have to be a great singer to play Nathan, and I like his songs better. He loves music and he loves to write, and I’m very supportive of that. Your family had a pretty rough week before Motherf**ker opened, right? I only say that because those were the exact words he used: “I’m so proud of you, Dad.” This past week, he brought his sophomore drama class, 15 kids, to see the show, and his drama teacher sent me an e-mail about how Jake led the discussion afterward. I wasn’t very close with my dad growing up and I love that my son is excited about what I do and sees how much I enjoy my work. The only thing I don’t love to talk about is my romantic relationships because that shit is hard, and it takes a lot of work.
[Cannavale co-stars with Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and Jeffrey Tambor in the hit indie comedy.] There’s another connection that was made in the theater: [writer/director] Tom Mc Carthy and I met 16 years ago, doing Lanford Wilson’s play Virgil Is Still the Frog Boy, and started a long and fruitful friendship that turned into a great working relationship.
We’ve gotten to work together twice [The Station Agent and Win Win] on movies I’m proud of. I always wanted to have a career that would keep me at home in New York so I can work in the theater all the time and be involved in the creative process from the ground up. I thought I was going to be a gypsy actor, traveling all over the world playing the great roles.
[.] Sutton is definitely a huge part of my life and an inspirational part of my life. Every night when I come out of that theater, I think how glad I am to be working on 45th Street.
In interviews, his love of the theater is a recurring theme, along with his devotion to ensemble acting.
In 2016, he starred in the HBO drama series Vinyl, produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.
In 2017, he joined the cast of the USA Network drama series Mr. For his roles in Mauritius and The Motherfucker with the Hat, Cannavale was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, respectively.
In and in many other roles, you don’t seem to have any vanity. I don’t think there’s a lot of room for vanity when you’re developing things. They always cast that role with funny looking people. I ended up having a kid very young, and it put things in perspective.
Where did that willingness to look foolish come from? You told a reporter three years ago that you’d like to play Nathan Detroit [in Guys and Dolls]. The last time they did a revival, they wanted me to read for Sky Masterson. He became the most important person in my life, and everything else seemed to fall into place.