By Katie Riegel March 29, 2007 - 3:44PM
2007年3月29日，23嵗的Sebastian Stan正與Liev Scheriber對手上演他的百老匯首演，一個癮君子，半夜電臺節目主持，朋克搖滾小甜心，角色名是Kent。
Sebastian從舞臺莊園表演訓練營的時候愛上這個行當的。好幾個夏天，他都在表演諸如“油脂”(John Travolta),"生命的旋律”。那時候他遇上了他的經紀人，7年之後，他仍然和這個經理人合作。“那時候我還是高中的高年級吧，我當時在尋找學習表演的學校，” 他回憶，後來他選擇了新澤西羅格斯大學的戲劇學院，並參加了環球學院的莎士比亞海外留學項目。“我總是很希望偷溜出去，不過幸好我的經理人迫使我留在學校，好好學習。” 當他完成藝術學士學位的時候，他在獨立電影中初試牛刀並在2003年法律與秩序的季終集獲得一個有臺詞的角色。“那是我真正意義上第一次從業經驗，感謝上帝我遇到了一個非常有耐心肯幫忙的導演。”他微笑著說，“事情進展很快，我當時都嚇壞了！”
魔界契約：Sebastian銀幕初體驗是Renny Harlin的關於迷失男孩的魔幻驚慄題材的“魔界契約”。“我們扮成有超能力的人在空中飛來飛去，幾乎都要撞到一塊去。這還是蠻酷的，不過(同片的演員)都是新人，所以其實我們當時都不太知道該怎麽辦。” 然而，這部片子還是給Sebastian帶來了不少粉絲，包括不斷增長的粉絲網頁和對他個人的myspace頁面投入許多關注。“我很久以前爲了其他目的加入了myspace，”他笑著說，“不過現在這個對於我來說已經是完全不一樣的東西了。每天收到那麽多信息真的很瘋狂，你不可能每一個人都回復。但你總是想確保每一個給你發信息的人，都知道你收到他們的信息是多麽感激。”
除了電影方面的發展——包括接下來的電影“查理班克斯的教育”——Sebastian強調，“我想做的從來都是戲劇，我曾經嘗試過‘Raleigh in Journey’s End‘ 的一個角色。”後來這個角色給了另外一個演員。不過這次的試鏡，讓他最終走向了百老匯。“我至少試鏡了5次，什麽都定好了，後來我遇到了Eric(Eric Bogosian，舞台劇導演), 雖然最後我並沒有得到那個角色，但我相信我給Eric留下了印象，最終達成了Talk Radio的合作。
“小子，不噁心” 當Sebastian第一次讀到Kent的角色的時候——Kent的搞笑白癡電話讓談話節目主持人最終邀請他到錄音室去——Sebastian承認，“其實一開始我不是很理解我的角色，我看著那些臺詞，心想‘呃，我知道我的角色是有點什麽啦，這人究竟有沒有什麽嚴肅的時候啊？’ ”最終，Sebastian受朋克音樂Big Star to the Clash和the Ramones、朋克紀錄片比如Sid和Nancy的啓發，配合他的Billy Idol的金髮造型，成功演出了這個角色。“每天都像在上表演大師課，和導演Bob Falls及明星Liev Schreiber一起，Liev説話的時候，我會花很多時間去記筆記，比如他引用莎士比亞啊，或者說Talk Radio和這個或者那個戲劇有什麽相似的地方啊。每次我走進來興奮起來的時候，他就會擺出一副‘聼著，你做的很好，不過你還得琢磨你要怎麽做和爲什麽。’ 這可是生活的真諦。
Currently: Holding his own against Liev Schreiber in his Broadway debut as itchy druggie Kent, an explosive midnight caller in Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio. He's pure punk rock, baby.
Hometown: Born in the Romanian town of Costanza on Friday the 13th and sharing an August birthday with Alfred Hitchcock, Stan moved with his mother at age 8 to Vienna, where she was employed as a pianist. Four years later, they relocated to Rockland County, New York, after she married the headmaster of an American school. Culture shock? Not really, the easygoing actor says: "When you're thrown into something so young, you don't think about it too much. I was an only child, so it took me a while to form friends because my stepdad was the headmaster, and I had an accent for a while, but it was still early and you just sort of suck in everything at that age."
If They Could See Me Now: Stan fell in love with acting at Stagedoor Manor, the famous performing arts camp in the Catskills that nurtured stars such as Natalie Portman, Zach Braff and Mandy Moore. He spent his summers doing roles in musicals like Grease and Sweet Charity and met a manager he's still working with seven years later. "By the time I was a senior in high school, I was looking for schools I could go to for acting," he recalls; he chose the drama department at Rutgers University in New Jersey, with a year abroad studying Shakespeare at the Globe Theater. "I was always itching to get out," he says of college, "but fortunately [my manager] urged me to stay in school." While completing his B.F.A., Stan cut his teeth on independent films and landed a prime role on the 2003 season finale of Law & Order in a plotline based on DC's sniper shootings. "It was my first real professional experience, and thank god I had a very nurturing director," he says with a smile. "Things move quickly on that show, and I was pretty paranoid!"
Cult of The Covenant: Stan made his feature film debut last year in Renny Harlin's Lost Boys-esque supernatural thriller The Covenant. "We were pretending to be these super-hero people and did a lot of rig work—flying through the air, with these inch-long contacts to make our eyes black. It was cool! But we were all kind of new to [films], so we didn't really know how to work it." Still, The Covenant won Stan plenty of young admirers, spawning fan sites and loads of interest in his personal myspace page. "I joined myspace a long time ago for a different reason," he says with a laugh, "but now it's become a whole different thing for me. It's crazy getting some of these messages. You can't really respond to everybody, but you want to make sure that people understand how much you appreciate hearing from them."
The Bogosian Connection: In spite of his budding success in film—including the upcoming drama The Education of Charlie Banks, co-starring Jason Ritter and Eva Amurri—Stan declares, "I was always looking to do theater. Hell, I tried out for Raleigh in Journey's End" a part that went to another young actor with a distinctive name, Stark Sands. But it was his audition for Second Stage's fall production of Eric Bogosian's subUrbia that eventually got him to Broadway. "I went in to audition at least five times; they set up all these work sessions with me, and I met Eric. In the end, it didn't work out, but I think it gave him an idea about me, which definitely led to this." The subUrbia role went to Stan's friend Kieran Culkin.
Punk, Not Puke: When Stan first read the role of Kent—whose hilariously moronic calls lead talk show host Barry Champlain Schreiber to invite him into the studio—the young actor confesses, "I didn't really get my character. I was looking at the language going, 'Man, I know this guy is on something, but are there parts when he's being serious?' Ultimately, Stan was inspired by punk music from Big Star to the Clash and the Ramones, documentaries on the punk scene like Sid and Nancy and his own new Billy Idol-like platinum-blond 'do. "Plus, it was like a huge master class every day in rehearsal with [director] Bob Falls and [star] Liev Schreiber," he says. "I spent the whole time at the table taking notes on everything Liev was saying: quoting Shakespeare and how [Talk Radio] was similar to this or that play. I'd come in and be so hyped up and he'd be like, 'Listen. It's all great, but you gotta figure out what you want here and why.' It can't just be one huge, sort of, vomit thing." Truly words to live by.