The last time actor Matthew DeLorenzo played a woman, he had great success. In the Studio Theatre production of the Warhol-themed show “Pop!” two summers ago, he made his regional debut as Candy Darling and won a Helen Hayes Award.
Now he’s playing Little Nell in Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” (also at Studio) and enjoying another hit run. The show’s been extended into mid-August.
He says the show is going extremely well.
“The cast has really embraced letting loose and being crazy and wild and enjoying the fun of it,” the 23-year-old Princeton, N.J., native says. “We’re happy the fans are allowing us to make it our own.”
Those who only know the cult film version should expect an “energetic, fun rock-n’-roll musical that’s kinky,” DeLorenzo says. He guesses about half the cast and crew are LGBT. Studio is at 1501 14th St., N.W. Visit studiotheatre.org for tickets, show times and more information.
DeLorenzo started getting acting and singing jobs while he was still in college and has performed at several regional performance spaces such as Wolf Trap, the Kennedy Center and more. He performs full time and is “happy I can work at it.”
He’s single, lives in Arlington and enjoys spending time with family and friends in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out around freshman year of college, first to my childhood best friend. I think I’d say she was the hardest because she was the first person I had the conversation with.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Though there are greater activists out there who are doing incredible work, I have to give a shout out to one of my favorites and top of my playlists: Katy Perry. I’m a huge fan and supporter of the Trevor Project and she’s been a supportive ally working with them for years and was awarded the Trevor Hero Award.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
See, this is where I feel totally lame and fail to have a favorite “hot spot.” My friends would be able to answer that one much better than me. I don’t go out as much as they would like me to, but when we do we have a blast. Also, they can pick out some mean places to brunch.
Describe your dream wedding.
How long can I talk about this one? In short, it’s fanciful, charming, romantic, with a balance of tradition and sweet fun. Everyone who I’ve ever shared a laugh, hug or dream with will be invited to what I hope will be one of the best days of my life!
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
Violence. Though it does happen in the LGBTQ community, it happens everywhere and I think it’s a horrible trait in humanity.
What historical outcome would you change?
Lincoln’s assassination. All-time favorite president and incredibly interesting. I wonder what else he could have done for our future.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
I was recently reminiscing with some of the “Rocky” cast about the Spice Girls era. Now that was a great time in pop culture. Why did Ginger ever leave?
On what do you insist?
It’s OK to ask for help, you are worth it.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
I think it was “TGIF” with probably a bunch of emoji’s including the dancing girls and an ice cream cone. Love those.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Candy Coated: a Boy Living Off of Sweet Dreams”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I think that’d be interesting, but not on my to-do list. There are way bigger issues out there for people to work on changing.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
I do believe in God, and have been raised with a faithful mindset. However, I don’t hold prejudice or believe there is a set religion, rules or specific rights to any kind of faith. I’m very into the “Your God is my God” belief. To each his own.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
It’s not about judging, it’s about educating. Keep reminding the LGBTQ youth that they are as valuable as anyone else.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
Depends on how hot. If it’d be torturous, I’d do anything for my family. But if it’s just a little hot, then I’d totally be down to walk across for a good cupcake.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
I think the labeling of someone’s sexual orientation annoys me the most. The stereotype that gays are a novelty friend group. Everyone has a personality, value, emotion and deserves respect regardless of sexual orientation.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
Can I swap that question for a TV show? I love me some “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Jumped on the bandwagon, I know.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Greetings with a handshake. I’m a hugger.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
This is going to be terribly sappy, but a child.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
Drama is so overrated.
In a way, it’s home! I have an awesome life here filled with family, friends and an incredible start to my career. Can’t match it anywhere else, yet!