Lin-Manuel Miranda is learning rather quickly that transitioning from up and coming star to a made man in show business is not an easy task. The “Hamilton” star had a sit down with The New Yorker that was published on Sunday by the paper.
In the interview he talked about the transition that he’s undergone now that he’s a bonafide star, and people expect his theater shows and movies to be up to par with that standard. Miranda is also learning quite fast that producing shows is a lot different than just starring in them. He’s personally had to deal with criticism over the lack of representation in an upcoming project. He’s also getting asked about work disputes with a trans actor on the Hamilton theater set.
Overall we could say that Lin-Manuel Miranda was able to dodge some of the criticism, saying that he understands that expectations have been raised on his work. That’s why he’s getting more heat these days for anything that isn’t up to par in his projects. He’s also smart enough to know what fights you can get into in a public arena, and which ones you don’t. We’re sure he learned that lesson from playing Alexander Hamilton!
Lin-Manuel Miranda On A Work Dispute Involving A Trans Actor
In October, it was made public that a non-binary actor Suni Reid was taking the Hamilton production to court, making several complaints against the Hamilton production team. Which, is largely in part headed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Suni Reid has been part of the Hamilton cast since 2018, traveling with the show to multiple cities across the country. Reid’s contract was not renewed for the 2021 season.
Coincidently that came after Reid and other cast members had requested a gender-neutral dressing room for them. Reid also claims that numerous actors were constantly discriminated against during their time on the show. Lin-Manuel Miranda had this to say about the issue,
“I can’t really comment on it, because it’s legal. I just can’t.”
Distancing Himself From Hamilton On Broadway
At this point in the interview Lin-Manuel Miranda had seemed overjoyed to talk about his experience in playing the Alexander Hamilton character. When he was asked about this incident surrounding the show he quickly switched gears and started to distance himself from the current inner workings of the show. He was quick to mention when asked how involved he was with the show,
“Not so much, other than checking in as we were reopening.”
Lin-Manuel Is Just There For The Good Parts
A major focus point in the interview is this transition of Lin-Manuel Miranda from stand out actor to, star actor, and producer behind the scenes. Everyone wants to be in the picture when you’re getting a prize, but no one wants to show up in court when you mess up! Right after he distanced himself from the show, he made sure to point out that he was actually heavily involved in meetings with actors throughout the shut-down. Saying,
“I was much more checked in with everyone when we shut down. Zooms with every company. I can tell you, for our part, that we paid everyone’s health insurance throughout the pandemic. We created an emergency fund for folks, if someone was having trouble making rent. I check in when there are new people being cast in principal roles, and that’s about it.”
Are you in or out Lin-Manuel?