An Interview with Connor Paolo

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Connor Paolo
Who is Connor Paolo? He portrays Eric van der Woodson, the younger, troubled brother of Serena (Blake Lively).

The young actor was recently interview by New York Magazine...

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
This changes on a weekly basis. After seeing Raging Bull it was Jake La Motta. Every time I hear "Imagine," it's John Lennon. Currently, it's George Morfogen, who played Rebadow on Oz. I legitimately bumped into the man twice this week, and despite my screaming his character's name both times, he remained gracious and appreciative.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Anything served past 3 a.m. qualifies as great.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Hurry up and wait, and that goes for school too.

Where do you get your coffee?
I only drink coffee when I need it. And if I need it, I really need it. I don't care where it comes from.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Spring Awakening. And I highly recommend it.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
As much as possible. It's the only time in our lives that, try as we might, we cannot completely ignore the poverty staring us in the face. Even when it appears that someone is not in dire need or will use the money for some less-than-holy purpose, it feels wrong not to give when I can.

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