25 Questions with Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose is an open book. Whether you’re a family member or a fan at the stage door, she’ll make you feel like you’re old friends with a shared history. In the last four years, she’s starred in four Broadway shows—PippinMotown: The MusicalHamilton, and now, A Bronx Tale—and she’s showing no signs of stopping any time soon. We chatted with the star after our photoshoot to find out what makes her tick.

What’s the best thing about New York?
Its diversity—which manifests in everything!  (FOOD)

Worst thing about New York?
The smell … and the MTA

One place you’ve never been you want to?
Santorini, Greece

Favorite part of live theatre?
THE REACTIONS!

Favorite actor of all time?
Oh man—I couldn’t pick just one. Jan Maxwell, Judith, Hattie McDaniel, Meryl, Megan M, Morgan Freeman….

If you weren’t an actor what would you be?
A lawyer.

Go to shower song?
Anything Phil Collins.

What’s your favorite holiday?
Christmas!

If you could invite anyone who would you invite to your holiday dinner?
Lady Diana Spencer

Favorite musical of all time?
Mamma Mia!—go ahead judge me.

If you were to write a musical what would it be about?
I can’t tell you that—what happens when I write it??!!??

Who is the most influential female in your life?
That’s quite the question. There are many…many of whom lead by example.

What’s one thing you wish you knew in high school?
I wish I’d known that $ was a lie.

What’s one thing you want yourself to remember 10 years from now?
“The best is yet to come”

Name three things in your bag you can’t live without?
Gum, credit card and a contact case.

Biggest fashion misstep?
My bra is always peeking out.

Favorite thing in your closet?
My Urban Outfitter overalls

Fashion icon?
Zoe Kravits & Diane Keaton

What’s the one thing that makes you happiest?
Dancing with someone I love.

Whats your favorite sound?
Country rain.

If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be?
I actually like silence so….

When do you feel most beautiful?
…. in nature

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Sadly, check my phone.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Say “Thank you”

What’s the title of your future memoir?
Divine Choreography: The Ariana DeBose Story. (Original, I know)

Styled by Kayla Foster
Hair & Make-Up by Austin Thornton
Clothing by Layana Aguilar and Reiss