Constellations Stars Gyllenhaal and Wilson Talk Elbow Licking & Pick-Up Lines
January 15th, 2015
by Josh Ferri
Nick Payne’s sensational new drama Constellations (really can’t say enough about it) officially opened on June 13 to great acclaim. The play begins with Marianne (Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson) meeting Roland (Jake Gyllenhaal) at a BBQ and challenging him to lick his own elbow for the chance at eternal life; it’s one of the more clever ways to break the ice with someone you find attractive…and also get slightly physical right away. So after the curtain came down, BroadwayBox headed over to Urbo to chat with the show’s creators and stars to find out from them, what the most unique pick up line/ice breaker you’ve encountered in your personal life has been?
“I’ve got a good one. It was Valentine’s Day when I was 16 years old and someone had written on a big piece of material, “Ruth You’re Gorgeous” and pinned it to a wall near my house. It was huge. No, [it didn’t work]; I found it highly embarrassing. I’m British, that sort of show of affection is really embarrassing. He kind of killed any potential.”
Michael Longhurst (Director)
“Nothing as bold as challenging someone to lick their elbow, certainly. I don’t think I’m sophisticated at that; I haven’t been picking up people in a while so I’m a bit out of practice, so I’ll leave it at that.
Nick Payne (Playwright)
“It’s not a pick-up line, but the first date I ever went on with my wife—before we were ever in a relationship, though we are now married, thank god—at the end of the night I was so, so nervous. I couldn't work out if I should kiss her or not, and I got really scared and I said, “Do you fancy a hug?” And she looked really f*#king disappointed, quite rightly, and we had a hug and then we didn’t speak for about four months. We try not to talk about.”
“I will say nobody as of yet—it’s definitely open.”
Hurry over to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre to laugh and cry with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in ‘Constellations.’