The Angel Behind Adrian
Meet Angel Lin, the Brooklyn-born, New Jersey and Shanghai-bred multi-instrumentalist most recently seen in the National Tour of Once. She's picking up that guitar again to play Adrian, an ambitious Queer rocker and conflicted love interest in the upcoming NYMF production of Interstate.
NAME: Angel Lin
PREFERRED PRONOUNS: She/Her/Hers
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was born in Brooklyn, but lived in NJ. I moved to Shanghai when I was 8, but attended an American school there. Then I moved back to the States for college.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTING?
Probably since elementary school. As a musician, I had piano training at home since I was 7, played clarinet in middle school band, picked up strummy instruments in college (uke and guitar), then more instruments while on tour with Once, and learning more every day. I think in my resume it says I can play, like, 8 different instruments? I don't know, in actuality I can comfortably play just 5 or 6 of them. As an actor, I did school musicals from elementary to middle school, and then dropped band to commit to theater in high school. Finally I went to NYU Tisch Drama for college.
WHERE HAVE WE SEEN YOU BEFORE?
The national tours of Once (Emcee, u/s Girl) and Kansas City Choir Boy (Center Theatre Group, American Repertory Theatre, and HERE Arts). Off-Broadway: Stinky Cheese Man (Atlantic Theatre), Greatest Pirate Story (Jerry Orbach Theater). And an occasional singer at McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More.
WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO INTERSTATE?
To quote the show, it's "a tale that's got to be told". It's an amazing story about life, relationships, and growing up that everyone can relate to, but told through the trans/Queer/Asian-American experience. I relate to it and wanted to be part of telling this story.
Also, I don't normally get to play "leading" roles because of my "type" (I'm usually a supporting/character actor, or an understudy to a lead role). So to be able to help create and play a protagonist role that I connect with SO much is another reason why I'm doing it.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT INTERSTATE?
The people involved. The core creative and writing team are just talented and warm humans. It transfers over to their work. They managed to make a show that addresses SO many issues about minority experiences while telling a story that hits many universal emotional nerves.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER ADRIAN?
She's a badass performer and artist, and unapologetic about being Asian-American and Queer. She's also simultaneously ambitious and caring, which is both a strength and a weakness, and that kinda gets her into the mess she ends up in.