An Interview with God—er, Sean Hayes
Emmy Award–winner Sean Hayes takes on his biggest role yet, playing God Himself in An Act of God. Having returned from His 2,000-year sabbatical, the Almighty and His angels finally set the record straight on some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation.
God blessed Hayes with the role of Jack McFarland on NBC’s Will & Grace, which turned him into a household name and garnered him an Emmy, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven Golden Globe nominations. Divine intervention eventually led Hayes to Broadway, where his 2010 debut in the wildly successful revival of Promises, Promises resulted in a Tony Awards® nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical as well as a GRAMMY nomination for Best Soundtrack Recording. However, after receiving word from one of His angels that Hayes was taking credit for His work, God decided to possess the actor’s body until Hayes agreed to star in the new play based on His highly praised, incredibly awesome memoir.
SHN sat down with Hayes to get a little insight on what it’s like to work with the man from upstairs.
Q: What is it like playing God?
A: Taking this part was one of the easiest choices I have ever made because I love everything that asks questions and peels away layers. But the best part about the role is that God inhabits Sean Hayes’ body for the play, which is convenient.
Q: Throughout the play, God introduces a new-and-improved Ten Commandments. If you—that is, Sean Hayes—did the same, what would be your most important commandments?
A: I’d have to say that my top two commandments would be “thou shalt not be incompetent” and “thou shalt not be inconsiderate when driving.”
Q: Apparently, this is God’s first time visiting San Francisco. What are your thoughts about the city?
A: SF is my favorite city in the world! I could go on and on about why I love it. I love the people, the architecture, the quaintness, the weather. The Drisco Hotel in Pacific Heights is my favorite hotel, and my favorite Italian restaurant is Venticello. SF is completely me!
Q: If Sean Hayes created the world, what would he do on the seventh day to rest?
A: I wouldn’t rest on the seventh day because I love to work too much. I am definitely Type A—Type Triple-A.
Q: How do you think audiences will respond to the play?
A: I think they will embrace it. I don’t think people—even if they are religious—will be offended by it because it’s a comedy. It is witty and sardonic. But it’s also got a great message, which is that ultimately, you have to believe in yourself.
Don’t miss your chance to see God—er, Sean Hayes—in AN ACT OF GOD, which plays at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre on March 29 through April 17. Get your tickets at shnsf.com today.