Backstage on Broadway with Tamsen Fadal: Alex Sharp talks Tony Awards, love and why he’s a New Yorker

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“This is the only job I’ve ever had!" Alex Sharp.

He may have been a Broadway rookie, but Alex Sharp is no amateur.

“What did you think when your name was called a few weeks ago, Tony Night?" I asked him, "Many profanities and awful words popped into my head, the panic and the fear of vomiting,” he laughed.

I caught up with the 25 year old actor fresh off his huge win for best lead actor in a play.

Related: Sights and sounds from the 2015 Tony Awards red carpet

Sharp stars as a teen with autism in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

“I think everyone responds to this character because he represents people, if you’ve ever felt different,” Sharp said.

It starts as a search for the person who killed his neighborhood dog, but turns into a life-changing journey of self-identity.

“It’s probably physically, emotionally and mentally taxing, is your daily routine any different?" I asked. "Massively! I had to change my lifestyle, giving up cigarettes was the first thing!” he said.

But change is in his blood, Sharp grew up traveling the world

“My mom home-schooled me in the very early part of my life because we were traveling around the U.S. and Canada,” Sharp remembered. “Then I went to school in England [and]  between high school and starting at Julliard, I was all through South America and stuff.”

And it was during his senior year at Julliard when he got this role.

“I didn’t have an agent or a manager so the casting director called me directly and told me," he smiled. "I was like freaking out obviously!”

Sharp even found love working on the show.

“I do love puppies, I'd say I'm a puppy connoisseur," he said. "A massive perk of the job is that I take them home to bond with them, so we can behave on stage well together."

As for whether he wanted to keep any...

"Yeah like nine of the 11!” he laughed.

While he's not acting or playing with puppies, he loves building things like tables.

“It’s like an art form," he explained. "So you’re really creating something that can be beautiful as well as like utilitarian, it's very satisfying.”

But his biggest joy comes form his devoted fans.

“I love the Sharpies!” he said. "“I’m very honored and flattered that there is a group of people calling themselves the Sharpies.”

And it may be hard to miss that English accent of his but don't let it fool you! This actor is all New York!

“I'm a New Yorker," he said. "If they'll have me, New York feels like home."

I think I speak for New York when I say, we are more than happy to have you!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is currently playing at the Barrymore Theatre.

Produced by: Kim Pestalozzi & Rebecca Millman

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