Hunter Parrish

HUNTER PARRISH

Bio: Award-winning actor Hunter Parrish is one of Hollywood's most sought-after and vibrant young talents.

Parrish recently made his highly anticipated return to Broadway as the lead in the revival of one of the world's most popular musicals, Stephen Schwartz' "Godspell". Playing at New York's Circle in the Square Theatre, “Godspell” is the timeless retelling of a collection of parables from the Book of Matthew. Parrish has been called "luminescent" in reviews and the show is thrilling audiences nightly.

Parrish made his Broadway debut to critical acclaim as Melchior, the smart and sexy young hero in the Tony Award-winning hit musical "Spring Awakening". Based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 19-century play with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, "Spring Awakening" boldly depicts how young people navigate the thrilling, confusing and mysterious time of their sexual awakening. The story centers around a brilliant young student named Melchior (Parrish), his troubled friend Moritz, and Wendla, a beautiful young girl on the verge of womanhood.

Parrish recently wrapped the seventh season of Showtime's critically acclaimed show Weeds.  He stars as Silas Botwin, opposite Mary Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, and Kevin Nealon. Weeds was nominated in 2006 and 2007 for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Music or Comedy, a SAG Award in 2007 and an Emmy Award in 2009 for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.

Parrish has starred in director Nancy Meyers' 2009 hit, It's Complicated opposite Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin. The film follows a woman dealing with empty-nest syndrome (Streep) who is torn between her ex-husband (Baldwin) and a male friend (Martin). Parrish plays Streep's youngest child, who is graduating from college and is about to head to the big city. Parrish has also starred in Burr Steers' 17 Again opposite Zac Efron, Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann and Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney's Paper Man opposite Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Daniels and Lisa Kudrow.

His other film credits include Richard LaGravenese' Freedom Writers opposite Hilary Swank and Patrick Dempsey; Barry Sonnenfeld's RV opposite Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Chenoweth; David Jacobson's Independent feature Down in the Valley opposite Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood; Joe Nussbaum's Sleepover and Melissa Painter's Steal Me which garnered him a 2005 Los Angeles Method Fest award for Best Actor.

On the small screen, Parrish guest starred on NBC's successful crime drama Law and Order: SVU, CBS' hit drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and CBS' drama Close to Home.

Parrish was born in Richmond, Virginia, grew up in Plano, Texas and currently resides in New York.

Role You're Playing:

Jesus

Hometown:

Plano, TX

Something You Can Do That Others Can't:

Walk with my feet facing backwards

First Broadway Show You Ever Saw:

Cats

Pop Culture Guilty Pleasure:

Jersey Shore

Words of Wisdom for Aspiring Performers:

Believe in yourself, work hard and invest in red bull

Why you love Godspell:

I love any story that encourages the strength of love in community. I seek to embody the teachings of Jesus and that's what Godspell is all about. It's a story that reminds us to embrace our family and our friends, and to use love to live virtuously…and, it's all in song and dance!! What's not to love?!