An interview with
Harry Connick, Jr.
The Big Easy
CC: What kinds things do you do to relax
when you’re on the road?
HC: Oh, I do all kinds of stuff, man. We
go see movies or we go fishing once in a while.
Sometimes the guys in the band will go to the
go-cart track and we’ll mess around, just different stuff for recreation.
CC: Your father was a district attorney and
your mother was a small claims court judge.
Given the nature of their professions, how did
you end up being an actor and a musician?
HC: I’ve always loved music, and we
always had music playing in the house. My
parents got me music lessons early on, and I
liked doing creative things. In high school I
joined the drama department and started
doing plays. Over time, I just continued doing
both. They’ve both always been pretty important to me.
CC: Many consider The Pajama Game, in
which you played a key role last year and the
soundtrack of which was nominated for a
Grammy, a huge success. Is performing in a
Broadway play more demanding than acting in
HC: I would say Broadway is tougher
only because of the schedule. But then again,
films are hard too. If you’re working every day
on a movie, 12 hours a day, it can be demanding. The Broadway thing, doing eight shows a
week, week in and week out, month in,
month out—yeah, it’s physically tough.
Depending on the movie, film can be
extremely difficult. But on Broadway you’re
always live. You can’t let your guard down.
CC: You’ve portrayed a wide range of char-
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acters in your acting career. How do you decide
which roles to tackle?
HC: I just read scripts. I don’t think to
myself, “I’m going to try this kind of role
next,” really. If it’s a good script and the character looks like something I’d like to play, then
I just deal with whatever it is. I don’t approach
it from a character point of view. I usually
have to like the story first.
CC: Being a family man, do you find it difficult to balance your family life and career?
HC: No. It’s not tough. You just have to
make sure you don’t stay out on the road too
long. The most important things to me are
with my family, anyway. I love being on the
road and doing movies, and I love my career,
but I love my wife and kids more. There’s a way
to balance it all out. There’s time for both. You
just have to do it consciously, with the knowledge that you may have to make changes. I
think there’s ample time for everything.
CC: What do you count as your most significant achievement to date?
HC: My family. Just getting married and
having a family to me is a huge thing. For me,
having a happy family life is the greatest thing
I’ve ever achieved.
CC: Is there anything you are hoping to
achieve or experience that has eluded you?
HC: You know, the way I look at things, if
there’s something I feel that’s eluding me, I’ll
go ahead and try to tackle it. But I don’t sit
around and think, “Well, maybe next year I’ll
try this or that.” If I want to do something, I’ll
try to do it. I don’t really have anything on the
back burner. C
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