Mike Faist: Sincerely Himself

No one was more surprised than Mike Faist when his name was called as one of the nominees for a Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical for his performance in Dear Evan Hansen. In fact, Faist wasn’t even watching the announcement; he was at the grocery store, and when his agent called him to tell him about the nomination, he assumed it was in reference to the musical.

Faist plays the mysterious and misunderstood Connor Murphy in the Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Steven Levenson tuner about what happens when one anxious teenager life turns around through a school tragedy, a misunderstanding, and social media. He’s been with the show since it premiered at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. and Second Stage Off Broadway, and the character has grown around his talents.

“Over the past three years, I started the show in the role when I was 21 or 22, for me being okay with what I was able to bring to the process, that was really hard for me to do and very trying. And I questioned my own abilities throughout that time and Michael grief continued to believe in me probably when other people maybe didn’t, especially myself. If anything it’s taught me to be okay with myself.” Below, the Tony nominee answers Broadway Style Guide‘s rapid-fire questionnaire.

Beer or cocktail?
Whiskey

Velvet or tweed?
What’s tweed?

Cash, credit card, or Venmo?
Cash

Sneakers or Chelsea boots?
Sneakers

Wallet or card holder?
Wallet

Wet or electric shave?
Wet shave

Traditional tux or white dinner jacket?
Tux

Town car or taxi?
Taxi

Denim or leather?
Denim

New York or Los Angeles?
New York

Paris or London?
I haven’t been to either.

Musical or play?
Play

Beyonce or Adele?
Neil Young

Favorite New York bar?
If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

Signature drink?
Bourbon on the rocks

Style motto?
Wear clothes. Or don’t.

Signature watch?
Wear one that works.

Dream car?
Prius

Favorite New York restaurant?
Again. if I told you I’d have to kill you.

Favorite thing to collect?
Scripts

Best lesson you’ve learned from a mistake you’ve made?
Relax

The one thing you must achieve on a first date?
FUN

What would you tell your younger self at this moment in your life? 
Chill out

What movie changed your life?
2001, A Space Odyssey or any Kubrick film

What book have you read more than once?
The Alchemist

Word Association

Casual Friday:
Jeans

Boozy Sunday:
Brunch

Instagram:
Yuck

Street Style:
Jeans

Summer Fridays:
Sun

Sweatpants:
Ice cream

Uber:
Money

Miami Beach:
Warm

Style Rules:
None

New York City:
Culture

Styled by Kayla Foster
Style assistant Allegra Levy
Grooming by Jennifer Brent
Clothes by Blake Hyland, Jeff Cafone
Shoes by Native Shoes