The Ma­gi­cians

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Hale Ap­ple­man has pulled a rab­bit from the hat as flam­boy­ant Eliot Wough, the un­of­fi­cial prince of magic col­lege Brake­bills in sci-fi show The Ma­gi­cians (2015cur­rent). “I’m a stage ac­tor. This is my first real TV role,” says the 31-year-old, who’s lov­ing play­ing the ar­ro­gant and heavy-drink­ing Eliot. “He’s got so many lay­ers. He’s very com­plex and he’s got a past that he’s hid­ing. He has a lot of opin­ions about ev­ery­thing else but he doesn’t want to talk about his feel­ings or any­thing that’s hap­pened to him.”

He didn’t go into the au­di­tions to 1

play Eliot though. “I went in for the role of Penny [Ar­jun Gupta] and Ar­jun au­di­tioned for Eliot. The pro­duc­ers swapped us around and we ended up where we be­long,” laughs the ac­tor.

Hale got into act­ing when he was 2

10 and his par­ents Ara and Richard took him to theatre plays. He adds that “I was drawn to the vis­ual arts and it re­ally is my pas­sion. I love theatre”.

He’s what he likes to call a “true 3

New Yorker” – Hale en­joys bagels, cof­fee and Cen­tral Park, but you won’t catch him play­ing sports. In­stead, he prefers to stay in his apart­ment and write plays and short sto­ries.

He also finds “emo­tional re­lease” 4

through writ­ing mu­sic, although he hasn’t put out any mu­sic to date.

While he ad­mits that “Eliot is most 5

cer­tainly gay”, there’s only spec­u­la­tion about Hale’s ori­en­ta­tion. He shies away from per­sonal ques­tions and of­ten ar­rives at red-car­pet events on his own or with a group of peo­ple.

What he will say is that “I’d love to 6

meet some­one who’s un­abashedly them­selves, has them­selves fig­ured out and is play­ful. Of­ten that was my mom’s friends – they hit on me all the time!”

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