Paul Scanlan is a familiar face to Washington D.C.’s audiences, and they couldn’t be happier. His performances routinely win accolades that include words like “astounding.” The Catholic University graduate has amassed credits that speak to his versatility. At Signature Theatre, he’s appeared in Elmer Gantry, Sunday in the Park with George, The Threepenny Opera, Company, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Really Really. His other credits include: Ford’s Theatre, The Laramie Project; Kennedy Center, Orphie & The Book of Heroes; Round House Theatre, Fahrenheit 451; Studio 2nd Stage, The Rocky Horror Show; Keegan Theater, Spring Awakening (Helen Hayes nomination), Cabaret (Helen Hayes nomination), Hair; 1st Stage, By Jeeves; Capitol Fringe, Who’s Your Baghdaddy? From April 2 through April 19, he will appear in Signature Theatre’s production of Simply Sondheim. Click to buy tickets.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’d love to live (for a bit) in Spain or England, purely for the sake of being able to watch the best soccer in the world. For a more realistic choice, I’d probably choose the Pacific Northwest.
If your girlfriend asks you to meet her parents and/or her family, what does it mean to you?
It means we’ve come to a place of pride in the relationship where we want to start sharing that pride with our families.
What are your passions outside of work?
Soccer, writing, filmmaking, working out.
Where do you see your career in five years?
I hope to have branched out into more areas of acting, primarily in film and voiceover work.
What would you do for your girlfriend’s birthday to make it special?
I’d base it on personal interests or ideas that may have come up in conversation at some point.
What is your favorite book?
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.
How many close friends do you have?
Do you think it’s okay for your girlfriend to stay friends with her ex?
Absolutely, if both are aware of and proactive about the possible complications that can arise from that.
Can you describe a time you had to overcome something publicly or privately?
I made it through my early-twenties pretty much unscathed, so I guess there’s something in there to take away.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I made Eagle Scout when I was 18. It was the culmination of 7 years of work, and I credit my scout experience for shaping my world outlook.
If you had a slogan, what would it be?
Make yourself proud. Don’t fuck yourself over.
Describe your dream woman in two words.